About the Program
We received our initial accreditation in April of 2013 from the ACGME and began the program in July of 2013. We are accredited for 6 residents per year and graduated our inaugural class in 2016. The Pediatric Residency Program is designed with the Adult Learner in mind- and can accommodate those who wish to do General Pediatrics or go into a subspecialty via fellowship. As a small sized residency program, we have the flexibility to allow residents to customize their training program- they can participate in away rotations, research electives or specialized electives in our ICUs or subspecialties. The Children’s Hospital has a diverse patient population with an amazing array of pathology among all the subspecialty areas. We not only see a variety of common pediatric illnesses, but also have the opportunity to care for patients from all over the world with our proximity to tourism locations. The residents are an integral part of the team caring for patients, which consists of faculty physicians, medical students, nurses, Nurse Practitioners and the extensive support system within the Children’s Hospital.
Our faculty is comprised of General Pediatricians, Hospitalists, Intensive Care Specialists and a broad variety of Pediatric Subspecialists and Surgeons who are providing hands on care to patients here in our Children’s Hospital. They come from a variety of backgrounds, and have interests in Education, Research and Quality Improvement/ Patient Safety. One of the many benefits of our program includes the fact that the residents is that they get to work directly with the faculty, who are very supportive and value the resident input.
Pediatric Residency Faculty AdventHealth Medical Education
Residents PGY - 3
Residents PGY - 2
Residents PGY - 1
The educational curriculum includes a broad variety of conferences, including case-based discussions, didactic lecture, morning report and simulation experiences with faculty involvement. We also have some self-study modules, and online curriculum. Our faculty and residents have developed specialized curriculum, such as Breastfeeding educational modules, Financial Wellness training, and a Peer Mentoring program to supplement the Conference series.
We are utilizing the American Board of Pediatrics content specifications to organize our educational series to repeat every 12 months- to ensure that all residents have a chance to experience the topics needed to practice Pediatrics today. We also are providing access to the AAP’s Pedialink, and Med Study Question banks as well as a variety of Board Prep materials.
Conference types include the following:
- Electives available at AdventHealth for Children
Bone Marrow Transplant
Pediatric Orthopedics/ Sports Medicine
Weight and Wellness
International Health- PGY2 and PGY3 only
Intensive Care- CVICU , PICU or NICU
- Case Conference:
Interesting and educational cases will be presented by residents and faculty followed by an interactive discussion about the presentation. Management and differential diagnosis will be led by the chief residents and supported by faculty from a variety of subspecialties.
- Grand Rounds:
In depth presentations on new developments in pediatrics from local and outside speakers on topics that are pertinent to a broad interdisciplinary group.
- Board Review:
A series based on review of high yield topics for board prep. Sessions will include question dissection and Jeopardy games to make learning fun and interactive.
- Specialty Conferences:
Diversity and Inclusion series, Journal Club, Ethics discussions, Schwartz Rounds, Morbidity, Mortality and Improvement Conference, Financial Wellness and Research basics will be presented on a rotating basis throughout the year during noon conferences.
Resident wellness is very important to us at AdventHealth- whole person care for our staff and residents is key to your success and longevity in Medicine. The Flourish program is curated by the GME departments Psychologist, who provides education and activities for the residents on topics such as burn out, depression, resilience training, as well as providing individual counseling, free of charge to residents
Faculty from each rotation will choose pertinent reading for each rotation, which will be cataloged on New Innovations. We will be utilizing the Med Study program (provided to residents for free) for case-based questions and board-style preparation questions. We have a small library in our office of textbooks recommended by rotations that are available for check out by residents, as well as easy to access to our online medical library including medical librarians who can perform literature searches and send electronic copies of articles from almost any online journal.
The rotation schedule consists of 13 four-week blocks per year, with a mix of in and outpatient rotations which follow the Pediatric RC guidelines with 6 rotations over three years allotted for individualized curriculum (resident chosen) to prepare each resident for their chosen career path.
- PGY - 1
Rotation Block General Pediatrics 2 General Pediatrics Nights 2 Newborn Nursery 1 NICU 1 Emergency Medicine 1 Developmental Behavior 1 Advocacy 1 Acute Care 1 Neurology 1 Elective 1 Pediatric Potpourri 1
- PGY - 3
The Pediatric residency program is fortunate to work with the AdventHealth Simulation team to provide training for our residents in all areas of patient care.
- Procedural Simulation:
We will be providing simulated training for most procedures listed in the ACGME guidelines, via simulated models. We have Procedure Bootcamp for interns during orientation where we have hands on practice for the procedures most often done on the inpatient unit. These bootcamps are taught by faculty and nursing educators for the following procedures:
- Lumbar Punctures
- Ultrasound guided IV insertion and phlebotomy
- Urinary Catheterization
- IM and Sub Cutaneous Injections
- Medication Dosing
- Needle Pneumothorax
- Intraosseous Line Insertion
- Intubation and Bag and Mask Ventilation
- Mid-Year Simulation Week
During the rotation encompassing the holidays (Pediatric Potpourri block) we have designed a rotation that allows the residents to participate in another weeklong simulation experience with the addition of the following Procedures:
- Umbilical Line Insertion
- Suturing, Incision and Drainage
- Gastrostomy Tube Changes
- Arterial Punctures
- Tracheostomy Tube Changes
- Splinting and Casting workshop
- Mock Code Practice:
Throughout the year, and during our Potpourri rotation, we provide a safe venue for training residents in the following scenarios:
- Rapid Response Scenarios
- NICU Codes
- PICU Codes
These are done in interdisciplinary settings with videotaping and feedback on both medical decision making and communication/leadership.
- Communication simulation
We utilize standardized patients to assist in training for the following scenarios
- STAR (Sensory Tactile Auditory Rockstars) training utilizing the expertise of our Child Life team. This training teaches residents the best way to interact with our Autism Spectrum Patients utilizing the specialty equipment and personalized care plans that have been designed specifically to make the hospitalization easier.
- SVRA (Safety Violence Risk Assessment): training utilized for team members to teach them how to be safe and de-escalate situations where patients might be violent or aggressive.
- Difficult Conversations: a variety of real-life scenarios in which residents can practice the difficult art of delivering difficult news to patients and families.
Research/Scholarly Productivity/ QI
As one of the key components in ACGME program requirements, research activity and scholarly productivity is an essential part of training in the era of evidence-based medicine, we strongly believe at AdventHealth Orlando that residents should develop critical thinking skills to evaluate the publications and apply new knowledge in their clinical practice, fostering their intellectual curiosity that drives the future of medical care forward.
- Research/Scholarly Productivity
Our program has a well-developed infrastructure and fostering culture to support residents who are interested in pursuing basic research, clinical research, or quality improvement/patient safety projects. In addition, the Pediatric Residency program has the Scholarly Oversight Committee, which provides residents with assistance in the development, creation and publication of their research or scholarly product by graduation.
For a listing of Resident Scholarly products, Research projects and Quality Improvement projects please click here
- GME Research
From our GME department, residents and faculty involved in required GME scholarly activities also receive guidance from the Center for Collaborative Research (CCR) through the Clinical Academic Research team, which is comprised of an Academic Research Mentor, a Project Coordinator, and a Regulatory Coordinator. In addition, the center includes a group of biostatisticians, a health economist, and a medical editor.
CCR assists residents and faculty with all types of scholarly activities (case studies, and research studies), from study design and protocol development, to data analysis and poster, presentation or manuscript preparation.
For a listing of Resident Scholarly products, Research projects and Quality Improvement projects please click here
Residents also participate in QI Projects of their own design, which have made a significant impact on safety, education and patient care in the Children’s hospital every year.
By promoting research and scholarly activities, our goal is to train the next generation of physicians with strengths in both clinical and academic medicine
For a listing of Resident Scholarly products, Research projects and Quality Improvement projects please click here
- Class of 2020
Position Fatima Ajmal, MD PICU Fellow Heather Cross, MD Pediatrician Paola Pare, DO Pediatrician Brett Pierce, MD Hospitalist Courtney Rozbitsky, MD Hospitalist Genevieve MCKinley, MD Peds ER Fellow
- Class of 2018
Alumni Position Wendla Sensing, DO Hospitalist Sasha Wee, MD Hospitalist Fellow, Medical University of SC Prema D souza, MD Urgent Care Jordan Schneider, MD ICU Fellow, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Sophie Thibault, MD Pediatrician Kary Vega, MD Pediatrician
- Class of 2017
Alumni Position Jennifer Arble, DO Pediatrician Shannon Bogan, MD Locums Hospitalist Marcos Colon, MD Current DB Fellow, Vanderbilt University Christian Chaban, MD Pediatrician Hafid Mantilla, MD Hospitalist Mark Stephens, MD Neonatal Fellow, University of Kentucky
- Class of 2016
Alumni Position Location Saif Al Haque, MD Pediatrician Florida Suneeta Brito, MD Pediatrician Florida Catherine Loe, MD Pediatrician Florida Shahzaib Mirza, MD Pediatrician Florida Ramin Nazari, MD Critical Care Florida
- Pediatric Residency Alumni
Class of 2016
- Shahzaib Mirza, MD: General Pediatrics Practice, Ft. Myers, FL
- Suneeta Brito, MD: General Pediatrics Practice in Celebration, FL
- Catherine Loe, MD: Academic Medicine/General Pediatrics practice in Winter Garden, FL (our Residency Practice), as well as International Health
- Ramin Nazari, MD: Intensive Care, AdventHealth Children, Orlando, FL
- Saif Al Haque, MD: General Pediatrics/Hospitalist medicine, Orlando, FL
Class of 2017
- Jennifer Arble, DO: General Pediatrics Practice, Colorado
- Shannon Bogan, MD: Locums Hospitalist, Pennsylvania
- Christian Chaban, MD: General Pediatrics Practice, Orlando, FL
- Marcos Colon, MD: Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
- Hafid Mantilla, MD: Hospitalist Medicine, Idaho
- Mark Stephens, MD: Neonatology Fellowship, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Class of 2018
- Prema D Souza, MD: Urgent Care, Kansas City, MO
- Kary Vega, MD: General Pediatrics Practice, Edinburg, TX
- Wendla Sensing, DO: Hospitalist Medicine, Dayton, OH
- Jordan Schneider, MD: Intensive Care Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI
- Sasha Wee, MD: Hospitalist Medicine Fellowship, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
- Sophie Thibault, MD: Academic Medicine/General Pediatrics practice in Winter Garden, FL (our Residency Practice)
2020-2021 Interview season
Completed applications must be received by November 5, 2020, to be considered for the 2021 Match.
- All applicants must register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for an PGY- 1 position.
- All applications to our residency program must come through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
- A complete application consists of the ERAS Common Application form, medical school transcript, personal statement, USMLE scores (Step 1), MSPE and letters of recommendation.
- For the 2020-21 application season, we recognize many clinical experiences have been delayed for applicants. We will consider your application complete and ready for review and invitation with receipt of ONE letter of recommendation prior to November 5th We ask for a total of THREE letters of recommendation to be submitted by December 1st, 2020.USMLE Step 1 must be taken prior to application and Step 2CK and CS must be passed before the match.
We accept applications from the following types of medical schools:
- Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)–accredited medical schools in the U.S. or Canada
- American Osteopathic Association (AOA)–accredited colleges in the U.S.
- International medical schools if one of the following criteria is met:
- The applicant holds current ECFMG certification before applying to our program.
- The applicant has proof of US citizenship or appropriate visa status (H1b or J1 visas are sponsored).
- All applicants must have graduated from medical school no more than three years prior to the residency start date unless they have been participating in another ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program or other post-graduate education since graduation.
- We take a “whole person” approach to the admissions process that emphasizes individual experiences, background, leadership potential and lifelong learning. Our program looks for applicants from diverse backgrounds who are curious, adaptable, and excellent communicators that value integrity and teamwork.
We’ll Take Care of You
- The Pediatric Residency program offers the following additional benefits to residents:
- Annual Retreats
- Membership to the AAP -includes access to PREP question banks and AAP resources
- Subscription to Med Study Question Banks
Salaries (Effective Academic Year 2018/2019):
PGY 1 - $54,080.00
PGY 2 - $56,139.20
PGY 3 - $58,177.60
$2600 over 3 years to cover the cost of books, journal subscriptions, personal computers and equipment.
For more information on the many benefits offered across all programs, click here.
FAQs for AdventHealth for Children Pediatric Residency Program
- Religious Affiliation
Does being a part of a religious institution affect your medical practice? No, in fact, we see many positive aspects of our affiliation with the Adventist Church – the practices of the church stress whole person care, and how all aspects of a person’s life affect their health. There are no edicts from the church that prevent physicians from discussing birth control, end of life practices, no restrictions on other religions from ministering to the needs of their patients in our hospitals. We have active participation by our Chaplains from every denomination in our Family Centered Rounds to assist with the spiritual needs of our patients.
- Small program size compared to others and hospital
I am concerned that your residency program does not have enough residents to adequately take care of the patients – are the residents overworked? What happens if a resident gets sick, or has a baby? Are the other residents pulled to cover for them?
My philosophy in designing this program, was to build a program that prioritizes residency education over service. A hospital with over 200 beds and 10,000 admissions per year, could easily support a larger residency program. That was not the goal of the Children’s Hospital. We have designed a residency program that can be tailored to each residents’ individual needs for education. We have amazing diversity and breath of pediatric disorders. We have incorporated caps in our inpatient units to ensure that residents learning experiences are optimized by seeing enough patients with a broad variety of pathology, while not overworking them by making them carry the entire workload of the hospital. We have both teaching and non-teaching services to help round out patient care. We also offer opportunities for residents to work in multidisciplinary teams.
(Pulling residents: in our system, the only time we pull a resident to cover for another is if the resident who is absent is in a Supervisory role for PGY1. We have a back up call system in place for such emergencies, but do not routinely pull residents to any other services as replacements. Pregnancies are managed with Maternity/ Paternity electives that allow residents to enjoy time at home with their new family members and continue their educational programs. )
- Boards pass rate
We currently have a board pass rate of 73%, which is an average over the past 3 years for first time boards takers. It is our top priority to ensure residents pass their boards and take this very seriously. We have protected conference time as well as enforce a strict conference attendance rule to ensure residents are prioritizing their education.
We are striving for a 100% boards pass rate, and have made numerous changes to our boards review study plan for residents, including the purchasing of the Med Study Q bank for all residents, Jeopardy style board review w faculty, and Board study plans designed specifically for individuals with their mentors.
- Recruiting success.
Prior to 2019 we had 100% fill rate in the Match. Last year, we recruited an amazing group of residents in our PGY1 class, who have broadened the horizons of who we considered for interviews in 2019. As a result, we had a 100% fill rate this year, with excellent results and we are looking forward to virtual recruiting this year- another Covid first!
- Med student presence
Which Medical School are you affiliated with? We currently have associations with several medical schools, both osteopathic and allopathic including LECOM, FSU, UCF, Nova Our newest affiliation is with Loma Linda Medical School began in 2019 and we will be a Regional Campus here in Florida by 2022
- Numbers of procedures
Will I be able to do procedures? Is there much competition for them? Yes, you will be allowed and will have lots of opportunities to do procedures- we have simulated models of most ACGME required procedures, and have multiple opportunities per year to practice the procedures in a simulated environment, as well as abundant opportunities to perform procedures under the supervision of well-trained mid-level providers and faculty physicians. There are no fellows at AHFC currently, thus maximizing exposure to procedures for out residents. We pride ourselves on our residents having a large amount of procedure training that often sets them ahead when starting their new career.
- Presence of other trainees:
There are a lot of other trainees at your hospital that work in pediatrics? We have around 180 residents / fellows in the GME program here at AH. We work with residents from our FM MD and FM DO programs on our inpatient gen peds and newborn services, our ED residents in the PICU. We do not have any pediatrics fellows currently and do intermittently have ARNP/ PA staff that are training or orienting on our non-teaching services. Our primary concern and priority are teaching our pediatric residents but enjoy the interactions and learning from other residents that work with us and are rotating on pediatric services such as peds surgery, ED, and radiology. We do not allow medical students, PA students or ARNP students to displace residents, or have them working on the same rotation simultaneously.
- Research Opportunities:
What kind of research projects can I get involved with during residency? Our residents are all required to produce a scholarly product during residency (see link to SP section) and have been very prolific! Residents can choose to do any kind of project; we have several national studies that we are participating in as well as independent research projects being completed by faculty. If you have a research interest or question that you would like to develop, we can connect you with our GME research team as well as our Children’s hospital research team with a large variety of resources at your disposal, including assistance w project design, data collection, IRB protocols, Medical editing, and Biostatistician consultation. All of this is free of charge, and many projects can be carried out without requiring funding. You can do 2 research blocks over your 3 years in residency.
- Getting into Fellowships:
If you do not have any fellowships at your hospital, how do residents get into the fellowship of their choice? We have had a 100% fellowship match rate over the past 4 years (see list). We understand that residents may want to get a feel for an even larger children’s hospital so we allow our residents to do away rotations (one per year) to experience other programs and help fellowship directors get to know the high quality, well trained residents that are graduating our programs. We also have subspecialists in all fields who are very willing to mentor residents, work with them on publishing research, and reaching out to their contacts in the field who might be willing to meet our residents in interviews. Being part of a small program has real benefits in your faculty getting to know you!
- International Health opportunities:
What kind of opportunities do residents have to participate in International health? Residents can do one away rotation per year in their PGY2 and 3 years- this would include international health rotations. You would be eligible to locate a rotation with an outside group that provides rotations, or we can design one with one of our many footprint hospitals, including a month long, all expenses paid (including airfare) rotation in Guam. For those who would like a shorter-term mission opportunity, check out the medical mission trips that are organized by Global Mission Initiatives including a Pediatric specific mission, Operation Sunshine that works to provide primary care for Orphanages in Port Au Prince Haiti. The cost of these missions is borne by the resident.
- Will you have fellowships?
We are working toward offering fellowships in areas of clinical strength, and the first one will likely be a Neonatology fellowship. Our NICU is ranked # 1 in Florida by US News and World report and we feel that having NICU fellows will only improve the education of our residents and care for our patients. We are hoping to get a program launched in the next few years, after establishing an OB/ GYN residency.
- Do residents have Opportunities to work w underserved, Healthcare disparities, Advocacy?
Opportunities abound in the diverse city of Orlando. Residents have initiated multiple projects with underserved, including a Health fair for one of our most economically depressed area High schools where residents have partnered with a group high school student involved with the schools Medical Magnet program. Residents meet regularly with the students, who are hungry for knowledge of the medical field and how they might prepare for future careers. We are also active in the Florida Chapter of the AAP, sending representatives to the National meeting, as well as to experience Legislative advocacy via our Day on the Hill. Our QI projects have involved looking at disparities in our healthcare system for our patients with asthma, and there are many other opportunities to develop projects in this arena!
- How is the Diversity of the patient population, and the variety of pathology at AHFC, especially since there are 3 children’s hospitals in the area?
Residents and faculty frequently comment on the excellent variety of pathology that comes through our hospital: we serve a broad area across Central Florida as the only Children’s hospital in the AH system- (link to info graphic on hospital numbers coming to AHFC) so we get an excellent variety of both pathology and diversity of our patients. We serve multiple communities here in Orlando, with a fantastic mix of both culture, race and socioeconomic status. Being the hospital closest to Disney (Celebration) offers the opportunity to see a wide variety of vacationers with emergent issues- always ask a good travel history in our hospital!
- How was your hospital affected by Covid 19, and what changes has it brought about?
The AdventHealth hospital system did an excellent job at preparation for the possible surge, with thorough planning involving the prospective of the Pediatric Residents (as well as all GME), and all the team at AHFC. We limit exposure of the residents to PUIs and Covid Patients and did not pull or furlough our residents during the Pandemic) We have had excellent support both emotionally, financially and physically through our hospital system, who spared no expense. Currently, we have reopened our services, including clinics and elective procedures, and are seeing an increase in volumes again.