Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC)
School of Medicine
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
The UAB PPC has been continuously funded since 1978. Each year, our goal is to train at least one pediatric pulmonary fellow; at least five long-term (3-12 months) masters- or doctoral-level nurses, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, and social workers; and at least 30 medium- and short-term trainees. We offer a $14,000/yr stipend to the 3rd yr fellow with the remainder of the salary (fiscal yr 2010=$44,304) funded by clinical services revenue generated by the fellow/institution and/or extramural funding related to the fellow's research project. The 1st and 2nd yr fellows are funded through the Dept. of Peds. Masters- and doctoral-level long-term trainees receive $900/month stipend for a max of 12 months and $1500/yr tuition/fees reimbursement. Additionally, $150/yr is available to long-term trainees to defray travel costs to required home visits and/or to continuing education events of the trainees' choosing (as approved by the faculty) and a 1-yr subscription to e-portfolio (value=$50) is provided to each long-term trainee to facilitate the development of their leadership portfolios.
To develop leaders who will promote comprehensive, coordinated, family centered, and culturally sensitive systems of health care to improve the health of children and youth with respiratory conditions.
Interdisciplinary long term traineeships of at least 300 hours of clinical and didactic experience for graduate and post-graduate health professionals in pulmonary medicine, nursing, nutrition, respiratory care/health education, and social work are available. Individualized traineeships of shorter duration are available as well.
PPC faculty and trainees pursue basic science and clinical research related to pediatric lung diseases.
PPC faculty and trainees provide clinical services to children through the Children's Health System and UAB Department of Pediatrics.