Contact Us

Director, Graduate Medical Education for Pediatrics
Vivian Dechard
Phone: 305-585-6042
Email: vdechard@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. All of our categorical and advanced training class positions are filled through the NRMP. We do not offer out-of-match positions.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application System.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from September until December. Interviews are conducted from October to January.

Call Schedule

Call schedule varies per rotation.

Newborn: Q4-5 24-hour call (depending on the number of residents on the rotation) during a four-week rotation.

NICU: One week of night shifts (M-F) and 24-hour call on Saturday or Sunday. Each resident will do one week of nights, and two, 24-hour calls during a four-week rotation.

PICU: Q4 24-hour call during a four-week rotation.

Wards: Night float system during a two-week rotation.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Center for Haitian Studies/Scholl Health Clinic

8260 N.E. 2nd Avenue

Miami, FL 33138

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Mount Sinai Medical Center

4300 Alton Road

Miami Beach, FL 33140

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must have successfully completed Steps 1 and 2 (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills) of the United States Medical Licensing Examination prior to acceptance into the program. USMLE Step 3 must be completed prior to the third year.

Postgraduate Training:
There is no postgraduate training required for this residency.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Pediatrics Residency

Mission & Vision

Pediatrics is far more than a job. It is a vocation, a mission, a privilege. It is about making the world a better place through compassionate care for children, breakthrough research and the collaborative strength of interdisciplinary advocacy.

Our mission is to provide the highest quality training for the physician of today and of tomorrow. We are proud of our unique environment, where we accept highly qualified applicants into one of our 74 accredited (through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) or 27 subspecialty programs recognized by other organizations.

Our goal is to utilize all of our resources to assure the public that our trainees are highly competent to fulfill their roles as professionals; and to support and encourage our trainees to achieve their personal goals and highest potential.

Our Graduate Medical Education Program is part of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System. Together, we are committed to our faculty and program participants and supporting their educational missions, providing a healthy and safe environment and delivering high-quality, patient-centric care.

Mission & Vision

Pediatrics is far more than a job. It is a vocation, a mission, a privilege. It is about making the world a better place through compassionate care for children, breakthrough research and the collaborative strength of interdisciplinary advocacy.

Our mission is to provide the highest quality training for the physician of today and of tomorrow. We are proud of our unique environment, where we accept highly qualified applicants into one of our 74 accredited (through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) or 27 subspecialty programs recognized by other organizations.

Our goal is to utilize all of our resources to assure the public that our trainees are highly competent to fulfill their roles as professionals; and to support and encourage our trainees to achieve their personal goals and highest potential.

Our Graduate Medical Education Program is part of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System. Together, we are committed to our faculty and program participants and supporting their educational missions, providing a healthy and safe environment and delivering high-quality, patient-centric care.

Program Director’s Welcome

Among the largest pediatric training centers in Florida, and even throughout the United States, our close-knit group of residents will swear our program doesn’t seem that big. This feeling of connectedness is in large part due to our program’s focus on “residentricity.” Our residents learn and train in a demanding yet supportive environment, and are supervised and taught by a skilled and dedicated faculty. Residents coordinate all patient care and participate in every aspect of the educational curriculum. There are no private patients; all patients are cared for by pediatric residents.

Our ideal balance of resident autonomy and faculty supervision fosters an exciting and motivational educational atmosphere. Holtz Children’s Hospital, the program’s hub, is a unique, primary/tertiary/quaternary pediatric facility, serving both the multiethnic urban population of South Florida, and regional and international referrals.

Our program mirrors the global, diverse flavor of Miami, both in patient population and resident roster, making it rich in cultural diversity and international exposure. Our faculty is world-renowned as educators, clinicians and scientists and our training spans several high-ranking venues. We are fortunate to attract outstanding trainees from all over the United States and abroad, and our selection process is careful and objective.

The University of Miami is one of the nation’s top 50 research universities, and the UM Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine ranks #1 in National Institutes of Health awards among all Florida medical schools.
If you seek superior pediatric training in a truly academic environment, a solid platform from which to launch your career and the opportunity to live and work in beautiful and vibrant Miami, we may be the program for you. We hope you visit soon and discover all we have to offer.

-Monica Alba Sandoval, MD

Program Director’s Welcome

Among the largest pediatric training centers in Florida, and even throughout the United States, our close-knit group of residents will swear our program doesn’t seem that big. This feeling of connectedness is in large part due to our program’s focus on “residentricity.” Our residents learn and train in a demanding yet supportive environment, and are supervised and taught by a skilled and dedicated faculty. Residents coordinate all patient care and participate in every aspect of the educational curriculum. There are no private patients; all patients are cared for by pediatric residents.

Our ideal balance of resident autonomy and faculty supervision fosters an exciting and motivational educational atmosphere. Holtz Children’s Hospital, the program’s hub, is a unique, primary/tertiary/quaternary pediatric facility, serving both the multiethnic urban population of South Florida, and regional and international referrals.

Our program mirrors the global, diverse flavor of Miami, both in patient population and resident roster, making it rich in cultural diversity and international exposure. Our faculty is world-renowned as educators, clinicians and scientists and our training spans several high-ranking venues. We are fortunate to attract outstanding trainees from all over the United States and abroad, and our selection process is careful and objective.

The University of Miami is one of the nation’s top 50 research universities, and the UM Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine ranks #1 in National Institutes of Health awards among all Florida medical schools.
If you seek superior pediatric training in a truly academic environment, a solid platform from which to launch your career and the opportunity to live and work in beautiful and vibrant Miami, we may be the program for you. We hope you visit soon and discover all we have to offer.

-Monica Alba Sandoval, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Residents per Year?

22

Duration of Residency?

3 years
(1 year internship, 2 years pediatric training)

Program Highlights

Among the largest pediatric training centers in Florida & throughout the U.S.

Residentricity: Residents coordinate all patient care & participate in every aspect of the curriculum

1 of the nation’s top children’s hospitals according to U.S. News & World Report

Program Curriculum

Year 1 (Internship)

Your first year internship is inclusive (not a separate application) and consists of mostly core rotations designed to build a strong foundation in general evaluation and management of basic pediatrics, with full supervision.

The entire year is divided into 13, four-week blocks, and most rotations last one block (with the exception of night float, minor electives and vacation which is in two-week blocks). There are an average of four blocks of inpatient pediatrics, two of which are general pediatrics and two are subspecialty (hematology-oncology and gastroenterology). Other core rotations (one block each) include adolescent medicine; development and behavioral pediatrics; newborn nursery and pediatric emergency medicine. All interns complete a two-week general pediatrics clinic and two-week quality improvement rotation. The remainder of the time is filled with four weeks of vacation, four to six weeks of night float and an average of eight to 12 weeks of electives.

All interns will establish care at one of our continuity clinic sites and visit their clinic to build a practice (on average, this occurs every other block). Interns will also participate in quality improvement projects throughout the hospital and have the opportunity to create their own projects at the end of their first year.

Year 2

Your second year introduces a small level of autonomy while building comfort managing complex and high-acuity cases.

Required rotations during the second year include two blocks of inpatient pediatrics, two blocks of neonatal ICU, one block of pediatric ICU, one to two blocks of pediatric emergency medicine and one block of mobile clinic. The remainder of the time is filled with four weeks of vacation, two to four weeks of night float (covering the inpatient teams independently) and 16 to 20 weeks of electives.

Residents will continue their practice in their continuity clinic and continue work on the QI projects started during their internship year. They will have the opportunity to present a topic of their choosing at the weekly departmental conference.

Year 3

Your third year focuses on increasing autonomy toward independent practice while honing on evidence-based management and teaching skills.

Required rotations during the third year include two blocks of inpatient pediatrics, one to two blocks of pediatric ICU, one to two blocks of pediatric emergency medicine and one block of school health clinic. The remainder of the time is filled with four weeks of vacation, two to four weeks of night float (covering the inpatient teams independently) and 20 to 24 weeks of electives.

Residents in their third year will continue in their continuity clinic or have the option to switch to a subspecialty clinic if they choose, with program approval. Third year residents assume the supervisory role, in most areas.

Your Faculty

Monica Alba Sandoval, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care Medicine
Director, Pediatric Residency Program

Payal Shah, D.O.
Assistant Professor, Clinical Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics
Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program

Barry Gelman, MD
Associate Professor, Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care Medicine
Associate Chair, Education, Department of Pediatrics
Chief Medical Officer, Holtz Children’s Hospital at the UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center

Nicole S. Torres, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program

Donna Wiener, MD
Professor, Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics
Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program

Alumni Placements Include:

Akron Children’s Hospital
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Baylor College of Medicine
Carolinas Medical Center
Case Western Reserve University & Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Children’s National Medical Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Columbia University
Duke University Hospital
Emory University
Jackson Memorial Medical Center
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
New York School of Medicine
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Stanford University
Texas Children’s Hospital
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
University of California
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
University of Chicago
University of Florida Health Shands Hospital
University of Louisville
University of Miami
University of Pittsburgh
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
University of Tennessee
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Washington University in St. Louis
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Alumni Placements Include:

Akron Children’s Hospital
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Baylor College of Medicine
Carolinas Medical Center
Case Western Reserve University & Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Children’s National Medical Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Columbia University
Duke University Hospital
Emory University
Jackson Memorial Medical Center
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
New York School of Medicine
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Stanford University
Texas Children’s Hospital
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
University of California
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
University of Chicago
University of Florida Health Shands Hospital
University of Louisville
University of Miami
University of Pittsburgh
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
University of Tennessee
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Washington University in St. Louis
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis