Pediatrics Residency


The Pediatric Residency Program at the Children's Hospital provides the opportunity for residents to excel in a challenging academic environment, as part of a vibrant, tertiary care children's hospital.

Pediatrics Residency

The Pediatric Residency Program at the Children's Hospital provides the opportunity for residents to excel in a challenging academic environment, as part of a vibrant, tertiary care children's hospital.

Director:

Kristie Rivers, MD

Coordinator:

Ashley Britton

Phone:

954-712-8330

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Program at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital. The Pediatric Residency program provides the opportunity for residents to excel in a challenging academic environment, as part of a vibrant, tertiary care children’s hospital. 

Our distinguished, dedicated faculty embraces above all, excellence in clinical care and superior clinical outcomes. A clinical environment based on child-and family-centered care provides the foundation for the educational experience.

The dynamic, competency-based curriculum balances protected didactic time with hands-on clinical training. Residents have the additional advantage of direct supervision and guidance by skilled on-site faculty, representing primary care pediatrics, hospital medicine and all pediatric subspecialties. 

The clinical experience is further enhanced by an innovative learning environment, a diverse patient population, state-of-the-art equipment, an on-site simulation lab and extraordinary patient pathology. Collaboration between faculty and resident provides invaluable opportunities for mentorship and individualized professional development. 

The Program provides residents extensive exposure to primary care pediatrics, critically ill pediatric patients, comprehensive management of chronically ill patients, advocacy, research, and preventative medicine. Our graduates will be equipped to be health care leaders in this complex, evolving healthcare environment. 

We are currently involved in renovating and expanding the entire Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital to upgrade our spectacular facility to  provide an all private rooms. 

 

About the Program

The Pediatric Residency Program at the Children's Hospital provides the opportunity for residents to excel in a challenging academic environment, as part of a vibrant, tertiary care children's hospital. Our distinguished, dedicated faculty embraces above all, excellence in clinical care and superior clinical outcomes. A clinical environment that is based on child- and family-centered care provides the foundation for the educational experience.

Program Highlights

Our residency program has a strong and effective relationship between the residents and faculty. Our 24-hour on-site Attendings provide one-to-one teaching on the Pediatric floor, NICU, PICU, and Pediatric Emergency Department, which is a tremendous bonus of the program. Procedures are taught by experienced Attendings, and Residents get the first attempt at all procedures without having interference from other learners. There is a great balance between service and education, with diverse patient population and pathology.

 

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Curriculum

Rotation Descriptions

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Following are detailed descriptions of the rotations for each post-graduate year of training in the pediatric residency program.

PGY-1 ROTATIONS

Pediatric Inpatient Rotation:  

Residents are split between 2 teams (Orange and Blue) which are supervised by Board-Certified Pediatric Hospitalists. The teams are comprised of one senior resident, one junior resident, and medical students working as a team to provide well-rounded care to our community.  

Night Float Rotation

Night float rotation consists of two weeks blocks at which time the resident is responsible for the management of all the patients on the pediatric floor during 14-hour shifts. A pediatric hospitalist is in-house 24 hours a day for support but residents are given the autonomy to manage issues that arise overnight. They are also responsible for all the admissions throughout the night.  Prior to completing their shift, residents lead morning report by presenting the overnight admissions to the in-house residents and students. Residents complete one block toward the end of intern year, and two blocks during second year. This rotation allows each resident a lot of opportunities for individual growth and autonomy.

Newborn Nursery Rotation

On our nursery rotation residents work alongside attendings in the management of common newborn conditions and general newborn care. Residents are responsible for new admissions, as well as, continued care of patients already seen.  Residents are exposed to a diverse patient population with varying degrees of prenatal care. In 2015, Broward Health had 5.998 births allowing our residents generous patient numbers and exposure to a wide variety of conditions.

Hematology/Oncology Rotation

Throughout the three years of residency our residents have ample exposure to hematology and oncology patients. Every resident completes 2 full months of hematology/oncology rotations, one during intern year and one during second year. During this rotation, residents are exposed to a variety of hematological and oncological conditions including sickle cell disease, ITP, AML, ALL, osteosarcoma, Wilm’s tumor, neuroblastoma, and aplastic anemia to name a few. We are involved in the management of both new diagnosis and chronic management of these conditions.  We are also provided multiple opportunities to perform procedures including lumbar punctures and bone marrow biopsies. We also have opportunities throughout all three years to be involved in admissions which allows continued exposure to the management of these patients even when not on the month long rotation.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Rotation

The pediatric emergency department is a level 1 trauma center with a 12-bed facility. We service the local Broward county and see a high-volume of pediatric patients with a wide range of medical conditions. Residents are expected to care for patients from time of triage to discharge. This is the opportune time for many procedures ranging from IV placements, laceration repairs, incision and drainage, to splinting.  

Ambulatory Clinic Rotation

There are 4-affiliated outpatient pediatric clinics that residents are placed at during their first year. Residents are assigned patients throughout the year and are allowed to follow-up with them as they return for follow-up visits. Over 3-years you are able to follow many patients and help care for their growth and well-being. The clinics are staffed with board-certified pediatricians who provide didactics and mentorship.  

Pediatric Surgery Rotation

The surgery rotation is completed during intern year of residency. Residents work alongside 4 busy pediatric surgeons. They are expected to assist in all surgeries from circumcisions and appendectomies to posterior sagittal anorectoplasies and bowel resections, to name a few.  Residents are also expected to participate in the post-op care of all of the surgical patients for a thorough understanding of not only the surgical process but also the follow-up care and monitoring of all patients.

Developmental Pediatrics Rotation

This rotation provides a multi-disciplinary view of many developmental conditions starting from diagnosis. The residents rotate in the Early Steps clinic which is an early intervention program offered by the Florida department of health. A solid foundation is formed regarding the steps taken to create an individualized family support plan for these patients. Additionally, residents rotate in a private outpatient development clinic.  

Adolescent Medicine Rotation

On our adolescent rotation we get a high volume and see a wide variety of complex medical problems common to the adolescent age group. We spend half of our time working at Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Center caring for a high-risk population with complex medical problems and patients with HIV, which is prevalent in our region. The other half of the time we spend at the Florida International University student health center seeing every day common illnesses within the adolescent population. Overall this rotation gives us a well-rounded experience with the adolescent population in our region and as a whole.

Infectious Disease Rotation

During the infectious disease rotation, you will be able to experience both inpatient and outpatient practices. Residents are expected to follow inpatient consults, create management plans along with the attending physician, and create proper documentation. Timing of rounds will vary day to day. You will be excused for daily conferences and are expected to participate in the assigned morning report for the block. Once a week, you will attend the pediatric ID clinic and will be able to follow-up with patients post hospitalization.  

Elective Rotations

PGY-2 ROTATIONS

Pediatric Inpatient Rotation

Residents are split between 2 teams (Orange and Blue) which are supervised by Board-Certified Pediatric Hospitalists. The teams are comprised of one senior resident, one junior resident, and medical students working as a team to provide well-rounded care to our community.  

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Rotation

With the newly renovate level 3 NICU, residents are able to get experience with a variety of acute and progressive cases. The unit is comprised of an acute floor and progressive floor with a 24-hour attention physician and nurse practitioner team. Residents are responsible for management of the acute patient team, attending cesarean section deliveries, and are able to do a variety of procedures.   

Hematology / Oncology Rotation

Throughout the three years of residency our residents have ample exposure to hematology and oncology patients. Every resident completes 2 full months of hematology/oncology rotations, one during intern year and one during second year. During this rotation, residents are exposed to a variety of hematological and oncological conditions including sickle cell disease, ITP, AML, ALL, osteosarcoma, Wilm’s tumor, neuroblastoma, and aplastic anemia to name a few. We are involved in the management of both new diagnosis and chronic management of these conditions.  We are also provided multiple opportunities to perform procedures including lumbar punctures and bone marrow biopsies. We also have opportunities throughout all three years to be involved in admissions which allows continued exposure to the management of these patients even when not on the month long rotation.       

Night Float Rotation

Night float rotation consists of 2 weeks blocks at which time the resident is responsible for the management of all the patients on the pediatric floor during 14 hours shifts. A pediatric hospitalist is in-house 24 hours a day for support but residents are given the autonomy to manage issues that arise overnight. They are also responsible for all the admissions throughout the night. Prior to completing their shift, residents lead morning report by presenting the overnight admissions to the in-house residents and students. Residents complete one block toward the end of intern year, and two blocks during second year. This rotation allows each resident a lot of opportunities for individual growth and autonomy.        

Neurology Rotation

During our Neurology rotation, residents are given the privilege of experiencing both inpatient and outpatient management of a wide variety of neurological conditions. Our outpatient experience is provided by the Dan Marino Neurological Center where we spend time with five different neurologists specializing in different areas of pediatric neurology. Inpatient exposure occurs throughout our pediatric units at Broward Health Medical Center where we learn the management of more acute presentations or exacerbations of neurological conditions.   

Pediatric Emergency Room Rotation

The pediatric emergency department is a level 1 trauma center with a 12-bed facility. We service the local Broward county and see a high-volume of pediatric patients with a wide range of medical conditions. Residents are expected to care for patients from time of triage to discharge. This is the opportune time for many procedures ranging from IV placements, laceration repairs, incision and drainage, to splinting.  

Cardiology Rotation

The cardiology rotation is spent with our pediatric cardiologist in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Residents have exposure to ECG and echocardiogram reading every day and become proficient by the end of the rotation. They majority of the rotation is spent in the cardiologist’s outpatient office learning the chronic management of congenital heart diseases (pre and post repair), hypertension, syncope, arrhythmias, etc. There is also exposure to prenatal cardiology care and echocardiograms. Residents also participate in consultation care of inpatient cases throughout all of the pediatric floors at Broward Health Medical Center.

Ambulatory Clinic Rotation

There are 4-affiliated outpatient pediatric clinics that residents are placed at during their first year. Residents are assigned patients throughout the year and are allowed to follow-up with them as they return for follow-up visits. Over 3-years you are able to follow many patients and help care for their growth and well-being. The clinics are staffed with board-certified pediatricians who provide didactics and mentorship.  

Pediatric ICU 

Residents rotate through a 12-bed pediatric ICU when on this rotation. With Broward General Medical Center being a level 1 trauma center, you care for critically ill patients with many medical and surgical complications. Residents are exposed to a variety of diagnoses and will learn the essentials of management for critically ill pediatric patients. There is a 24-hour attending physician. Every morning there are multidisciplinary rounds with pediatric pharmacists, social workers, nursing staff, and respiratory therapists. Residents also participate in the transportation teams.  

Elective Rotations

PGY-3 ROTATIONS

Pediatric Inpatient Rotation

The Pediatric Inpatient rotation is staff by Board-certified Pediatric Hospitalists. Residents will work in a team.

Neonatal ICU

With the newly renovate level 3 NICU, residents are able to get experience with a variety of acute and progressive cases. The unit is comprised of an acute floor and progressive floor with a 24-hour attention physician and nurse practitioner team. Residents are responsible for management of the acute patient team, attending cesarean section deliveries, and are able to do a variety of procedures.   

Pediatric ICU

Residents rotate through a 12-bed pediatric ICU when on this rotation. With Broward General Medical Center being a level 1 trauma center, you care for critically ill patients with many medical and surgical complications. Residents are exposed to a variety of diagnoses and will learn the essentials of management for critically ill pediatric patients. There is a 24-hour attending physician. Every morning there are multidisciplinary rounds with pediatric pharmacists, social workers, nursing staff, and respiratory therapists. Residents also participate in the transportation teams.  

Newborn Nursery Rotation

On our nursery rotation residents work alongside attendings in the management of common newborn conditions and general newborn care. Residents are responsible for new admissions, as well as, continued care of patients already seen.  Residents are exposed to a diverse patient population with varying degrees of prenatal care. In 2015, Broward Health had 5.998 births allowing our residents generous patient numbers and exposure to a wide variety of conditions.

Radiology/Anesthesia: 
 

This block is split between two departments: radiology and anesthesia. In Radiology, you work directly with a pediatric radiologist to review imaging, discuss common modalities, and more. During the anesthesia portion you will learn about the different techniques of airway management. This is a procedure heavy rotation and residents will have ample hands-on experience.  

Ambulatory Clinic Rotation

There are 4-affiliated outpatient pediatric clinics that residents are placed at during their first year. Residents are assigned patients throughout the year and are allowed to follow-up with them as they return for follow-up visits. Over 3-years you are able to follow many patients and help care for their growth and well-being. The clinics are staffed with board-certified pediatricians who provide didactics and mentorship.  

Pediatric Emergency Room Rotation

The pediatric emergency department is a level 1 trauma center with a 12-bed facility. We service the local Broward county and see a high-volume of pediatric patients with a wide range of medical conditions. Residents are expected to care for patients from time of triage to discharge. This is the opportune time for many procedures ranging from IV placements, laceration repairs, incision and drainage, to splinting.  

Elective

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