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The Jackson Memorial Hospital/Jackson Health System Combined Internal Medicine - Pediatrics program has the distinction of being located in one of the largest medical campuses in the South Eastern United States and one of the most diverse cities in the United States. As a tertiary and quaternary referral center for not only our region, but also the Caribbean, Central and South America, the patient population is as diverse as it is fascinating. Over the years, several centers for excellence in clinical care and research have evolved on our campus providing a multitude of opportunities for career development at the resident level.

The foundation of this training program is diversity, a diversity that is found in our community, pathology, training sites, residents and curriculum.  Our flexible scheduling allows for early career development and innovation through the offering several special tracks including the Med-Peds Global Health Track (with 4 separate pathways), Hospital Medicine, and Primary Care. We tailor our four year curriculum to individualized career goals.

One of the things I love most about our program is our dedication to community service. Located in the historic Overtown section of Miami, we pride ourselves on not just existing within the community, but being involved and invested in our surrounding community. Our community service includes both medical and non-medical activities and is coordinated by our appointed community service chairs working in conjunction with the Med-Peds student interest group and our UM Department of community service (UM DOCS).

Our goals as a training program are to produce versatile physicians who are astute clinicians, innovative researchers, skilled educators and community leaders with a passion for medicine, advocacy and health policy. We expect the graduates of our program to competently deliver care to children and adults, to better understand and to have the tools to function in any health care system. Residents of our program are well trained to deal with common illnesses, specialized problems of transitional care, and the "zebra diagnoses" likely to be found at a world renowned tertiary and quaternary care center that also serves Latin America and the Caribbean. Our Med Peds program has grown into a family; together we strive to better the greater Miami community while enjoying the wonders of Southern Florida.

The aspect of the Med-Peds program that is most special is the camaraderie between the residents, faculty, and staff. The collegial and supportive atmosphere fostered within the larger academic setting should be experienced first-hand.

  • ACGME Accredited: Yes
    Residents or Fellows per year: 5
    Duration: 4 years
    Postgraduate Training Required: No
    U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Teaching Hospitals

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • University of Miami Hospital
  • Miami Veterans Affairs

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

Faculty Positions

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Florida International University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine 
  • Tulane University
  • Washington University – St. Louis


  • UCSF HEAL Fellowship
  • University of Minnesota Combined Infectious Disease
  • Jackson Health System Combined Pulmonary Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Academic Pediatrics
  • Stanford University Combined Rheumatology
  • Washington University – St. Louis – Pediatric Critical Care
  • St. Louis University – Combined Rheumatology
  • Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine


  • ERAS application
  • Three Letters of Recommendation are required as follows: preferably one Med-Peds Letter, one Internal Medicine and one Pediatric letter. A Chairperson letter from either department may be substituted for the Med-Peds Letter if one is not available. You may send one additional letter of your choosing, but this is not required.


  • We currently have one International Medical Graduate in our program
  • USMLE requirements –We do not have a specific score requirement, but we usually use the National Med-Peds USMLE averages as a benchmark. This information is available on the NRMP website in their reports section.  Preference for interviews is given to those who pass all three exams on the first attempt.
  • U.S. Clinical experience is required, preferably six months
  • Visa sponsorship – The hospital sponsors J-1 visa only
  • Time since graduation: We have no specific requirement, but prefer <5 years
  • We require ECFMG certification before the rank list deadline

Application Deadline
Update Current. Include process, interview dates 

Applications are accepted until November 30, 2018

Interview dates are:


  • October 25
  • November 1, 8, 15, and 29
  • December 6 and 13
  • January 3


  • January 8, 11, 15

The interview day starts at 7 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

The program will pay for half the cost of a hotel room for the night previous to the interview date. A program sponsored dinner with current residents occurs the night before the interviews.

Educational & Other Experience
One of the bonuses of being a Med-Peds Resident is the wide range of didactics available

We have several educational innovations and unique experiences available in our program:

Unique Experiences

  • Procedure team
    In conjunction with the UM/JMH Center for Patient Safety, the Internal Medicine Residency training program has been piloting a novel patient safety and educational initiative: the Procedure Team. This monthly rotation enlists 2nd and 3rd-year residents to participate in a 2 day instructional component, during which they learn invasive bedside procedures by a team of multi-disciplinary faculty in our UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety. The residents then spend 4 weeks as the hospital Procedure Team under the supervision of the faculty of the Center for Patient Safety. 
  • Pediatric Mobile Clinic
    Established in 1992 as a response to hurricane Andrew, the University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic has provided medical care to uninsured children in need for nearly two decades. Services provided include well-visits, sports physicals, immunizations, management of chronic conditions, urgent care, mental health, and social work. The

Career Tracks 
One of our most popular tracks is our Global Health Track which has the following options:


  • For those residents interested in formal public health training
  • Five classes that result in a Global Health Certificate from the University of Miami and credits count toward a Masters of Public Health
  • Scholarship that covers 2/3 tuition toward certificate
  • Three international electives                      


  • For those residents interested in formal disaster relief training
  • Scholarship toward course and room and board at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in the month of May
  • Three international electives


  • For those residents interested in formal tropical medicine training
  • Scholarship toward online Global Health course
  • Scholarship toward live course in May (resident responsible for flight and room and board)
  • Three international electives


  • For those residents with international elective experience or formal public health experience interested only in field experience at approved international sites
  • Three electives

Board Exam Requirements
USMLE Step 1 and 2 required. If matched with our program, we required ACLS, BLS and PALS by your first day of employment.

Residents in our Med-Peds program have a requirement for scholarly activity that includes opportunities traditional research as well as research dedicated to Quality Improvement.

All residents participate in a formal research development curriculum entitled “Resident Scholarly Activity Program” or RSAP. This is a three phase curriculum aimed to improve the quality of the research projects pursued by the residents and increase the number of projects submitted for publication in peer reviewed journals. The program was originally conceived and designed by a few members of our Department of Medicine Clinical Research Division and has grown a robust and active leadership team consisting of three directors and one administrative director and board members. The directors ensure the operational and executive functions of the program while the board provides the guidelines, milestones and vision for the program and its growth. Our Med-Peds RSAP program is individualized to better fit the Med-Peds schedule while following the Medicine RSAP curriculum, vision and objectives. 

Phase 1
The first phase consists of two weeks in intern year and includes a series of online modules, assigned reading, Calder Library coursework and time to complete the CITI training course. The goals for phase one of the curriculum are:

  • Facilitate introduction to research mentors
  • Introduction to EBM, including epidemiology and stats reviews
  • Completion of the CITI training course

Phase 2
The second phase consists of four weeks in the PGY-2 year and includes the opportunity for face to face instruction within the RSAP program faculty, research in progress meetings to assure research milestones and the quality of each project and the four weeks of project development.

Phase 3
The third phase consists of a formal presentation of the research methods and findings the PGY-3 and PGY-4 year of residency.

Quality Improvement
Additionally all residents are required to complete a Quality Improvement Project through either Pediatrics or Internal Medicine. The Pediatrics Quality Improvement Curriculum is administered during several Academic Half Day with a required group project under the guidance of the Holtz Children’s Hospital Chief Quality and Safety Officer. The Internal Medicine Quality Improvement Curriculum is administered as a formal four week rotation conducted by our VA Chief Residents for Quality and Safety. All residents have the opportunity to obtain a certificate from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

On-call information. Overnight call is limited to Critical Care rotations in Medicine and Pediatrics and our Community Pediatrics Rotation at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

Javier Salazar
Program Coordinator
Phone: 305-585-5954
Fax: 305-585-7381

Toni Eyssallenne, MD, PhD
Program Director

Stefanie Brown, MD, FACP, FAAP
Categorical Medicine Program Director

Barry Gelman, MD
Categorical Pediatrics Program Director

2018 - 2019 Chief Residents
Diana Botros, MD
Adria Jimenez-Bacardi, MD, MS

Prospective Residents

Physicians Services / Housestaff Office
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