Pediatric Residency

Chairman’s Message

Judy Schaechter, MD, MBAPediatrics 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. We are seeking residents and fellows who understand that, and who wish to train in a challenging environment where families need connections, where rare and advanced pathologies commonly present, where you partner in your education alongside faculty who are among the world’s leaders in outcomes for the extremely premature infants, reduction of the perinatal HIV infection rate, advancements in cardiomyopathy, neurodevelopment, genetics, telehealth, bioethics, community engagement, and more. We are recruiting candidates who wish to make an impact – who want to learn and serve so that they can transform the future.

The faculty in the Department of Pediatrics have led breakthroughs in child health, beginning with the world’s first thymus transplant, early leadership in the field of pediatric cardiac electrophysiology, and the first pediatric heart transplant in Florida. The quest for knowledge continues. Our Department of Pediatrics has the largest grant and contract portfolio in the Miller School of Medicine. Seventy-five percent of our faculty have published in peer-reviewed journals over the past two years.

Education has been central to the faculty mission since the School opened in 1952. Our faculty are dedicated educators committed to lifelong learning and continuous improvement. A third of our clinical faculty have gained admission to the Academy of Medical Educators at the level of Master, Fellow, or Associate. The Department recognizes “Core Educators” and “Education Scholars” — faculty who develop their academic careers specifically in medical education. Several of these faculty have been recognized with awards and serve on national councils. They also mentor our trainees to develop their own scholarship.

Clinical exposure at UM/JMH is unparalleled; there is no more comprehensive care offered in Florida than that at Holtz Children’s Hospital. Our program includes interdisciplinary learning, for the University of Miami has always engaged in child health in the broadest sense. Our faculty include child psychologists, educators, OT/PT, audiologists, nutritionists, speech therapists, parent advocates, and the mobile clinic staff, providing free care to those who need it.

Of course, while training at UM/JMH is rigorous and worthwhile, Miami is also a wonderful place to live! There are lovely beaches for running, walking, and playing – wearing sunscreen and hats, of course. The restaurants are fabulous. The art scene is internationally renowned. I prefer sailing, but some like motor boating and jet skiing. Come visit — it’s hard not to love!

So if you are looking forward to making a difference, to transforming the future, to creating a legacy, and if you want to try some Cuban coffee, taste an arepa or patacon, then come see us. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Judy Schaechter, MD, MBA
Chair, Department of Pediatrics University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Chief of Service for Child Health, Jackson Health System

Program Director’s Message

Barry Gelman, MDWelcome to our training program’s website. With 66 categorical, 20 Med-Peds residents and more than 30 subspecialty fellows, we are one of the largest pediatric training centers in Florida, and among the largest in the United States. Yet our residents will swear it doesn’t seem that big. They learn and train in a demanding yet supportive environment, and are supervised and taught by a skilled, dedicated faculty. Our program prides itself on its “residentricity.” 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. The Holtz Children’s Hospital, the program’s hub, is a unique, primary/tertiary/quaternary pediatric facility, serving both the multi ethnic urban population of South Florida, and regional and international referrals. The hospital complex and the adjacent University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine campus comprise one of the largest medical centers in the southeast. The University of Miami is one of the nation’s top 50 research universities, and the Miller School ranks #1 in NIH awards among all Florida medical schools. 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. We are fortunate to attract outstanding trainees from all over the United States and abroad, and our selection process is careful and objective. 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. For more information, please contact us. Thanks for visiting our Web site and for your interest in our program. We hope you visit soon and discover all we have to offer.

Barry Gelman, MD
Pediatrics Residency Program Director

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  • USMLE Transcripts (STEPS 1 and 2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Valid Visa if IMG

Application Deadline
November 1

University affiliation: University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents: 22 categorical residents per year, no preliminary positions available
Duration:  3 years
Postgraduate Training Required: No
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Board Pass Rate

  • 93% Board pass rate for the class of 2014
  • 2012-2014 Average – 73%

Holtz Children’s Hospital is a nationally ranked US News and World Report hospital in 7 pediatric specialties (2014):

  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology Pulmonology
  • Urology

Holtz is a quaternary referral hospital and we receive pediatric transfer from neighboring hospitals as well as the Caribbean, Central, and South America.

Teaching Hospitals/Outpatient Center

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Jackson North Medical Center
  • Mt. Sinai Medical Center
  • Center for Haitian Studies
  • UHealth Pediatrics at Kendall
  • UHealth Pediatrics at the Professional Arts Center

Electronic Medical Record

  • CERNER – Miracle
  • Used in both outpatient and inpatient settings
  • Computers available in the Pediatric Library and on the wards as well as in the pediatric residency office

ACGME-Approved Pediatric Fellowships at UM/Holtz

  • Medical Genetics
  • Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Pediatric Pulmonology

Other Fellowships Available at UM/Holtz

  • Academic Medicine Fellowship

Fellowship Match Results


Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, FL Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Duke University Hospital, NC Neonatology
Duke University Hospital, NC Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, IL Pediatric Emergency Medicine
University of California Los Angeles, CA Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Newark Beth Israel Hospital, NJ Pediatric Emergency Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Dallas, TX Pediatric Gastroenterology
Washington University School of Medicine, MO Pediatric Gastroenterology
Jackson Memorial Hospital, FL Pediatric Intensive Care


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Children’s National Medical Center, DC Pediatric Gastroenterology
Columbia University/NYPH, NY Pediatric Cardiology
Emory University, Atlanta, GA Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY Pediatric Cardiology
Oakland Children’s Hospital, CA Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Shands at University of Florida, FL Pediatric Endocrinology
Washington University School of Medicine, MO Pediatric Gastroenterology
St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN Pediatric Palliative Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, CA Pediatric Gastroenterology


Akron Children’s Hospital, OH Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Amplatz Children’s Hospital, MN Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center, NY Pediatric Cardiology
University of California, San Diego Pediatric Neurology
University of Texas, San Antonio, TX Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
University of Texas/Southwestern, Dallas Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


Brown University, Providence, RI Pediatric Endocrinology
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY Pediatric Rheumatology
Oregon Health and Science University Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine
Rainbow Babies Hospital, Cleveland, OH Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
University of California, San Diego Pediatric Gastroenterology
University of California, San Francisco Pediatric Endocrinology
University of California, San Francisco Pediatric Gastroenterology
University of Chicago, IL Pediatric Gastroenterology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Pediatric Cardiology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Yale University, New Haven, CT  


Arkansas Children’s Hospital, AK Pediatric Cardiology
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA Academic General Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, OH Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine
Columbia University/NY Presbyterian, NY Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Northwestern/Children’s Memorial, IL Pediatric Endocrinology

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

  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
  • Baptist Health System
  • University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • University of Michigan Health System
  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College
  • Montefiore Medical Center

Mentorship Program
Every new intern gets assigned a mentor – a faculty member from the Pediatrics Department – to guide their professional development during residency. We started this initiative during the 2014-2015 academic year and it has been well received.


  • Free resources as a resident
    • Redbook
    • Journal of Pediatrics
    • PREP Curriculum
    • Pedialink access
    • Pediatric Care Online
    • AAP News Magazine
  • Membership to the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • The Hopkins Curriculum
  • The Harriet Lane Handbook
  • Bright Futures
  • Up To Date
  • Isabell
  • DynaMed

Getting Involved in Jackson Memorial Hospital

  • Resident Forums with Mr. Migoya, Jackson Health System President and CEO
  • Resident representative at Graduate Medical Education (GME) meetings
  • Feedback sessions with Holtz Chief Administrative Officer
  • Quality Improvement Projects
  • Committee of Interns and Residents
  • Hospital tracks for resident professional exposure
    • A way to broaden exposure and provide additional training in Hospital Administration, Research, Quality and Safety, or Medical Education/Academic Medicine
  • Resident representative on hospital-wide committees
    • Health Information Technology
    • Infection Control
    • Quality Council
    • Peer Review
    • Pharmacy & Therapeutics
    • Clinical Research Review
    • Ethics

Getting involved with the Program
Participation by residents in these committees is strongly encouraged

  • Academic Half Day Planning Committee
  • Program Evaluation Committee
  • Recruitment Committee
  • The Newsletter (Quillian’s Quarterly) Committee
  • Peer Professionalism Committee
  • Resident Council

Residents are encouraged to become involved in the following commitees: Clinical Competency Committee, Academic Half Day Planning Committee, Program evaluation Committee, Recruitment Committee, The Newsletter (Quillian’s Quarterly) Committee, Peer Professionalism Committee (all resident committee), Resident Council (all resident committee).

Inpatient Pediatrics
Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the Southeastern U.S., with 217 licensed beds. First-year residents assume primary responsibility for all patients admitted for inpatient care. Residents in their 2nd and 3rd year assume increasing responsibility for overall patient management as seniors on the team, as well as for supervising and teaching PL-1s, medical students, and observers. The ward teams are resident-driven and under the supervision of a primary academic general pediatrician along with a subspecialist or community pediatrician.

  • Red Team: General Pediatrics, Pulmonary, Infectious Disease, Neurology, Allergy/Immunology services
  • Yellow Team: General Pediatrics, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Adolescent, Rheumatology services
  • Orange Team: Hematology/Oncology inpatient service
  • Blue Team: Nephrology/Gastroenterology inpatient services

Our 24 bed PICU houses both general and subspecialty medical and surgical patients. During this rotation, residents become skilled in airway management, mechanical ventilation, fluid resuscitation, and are exposed to invasive monitoring procedures and all other aspects of critical care. Advanced therapies commonly offered in the PICU include high frequency ventilation, hemodialysis, continuous veno-venous hemofiltration (CVVH), plasmapheresis, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

One general PICU team comprised of four senior residents (PGY-2 or PGY-3), one fellow, and one attending

Our NICU is one of the largest in the nation. It is a level-III NICU with two step-down units, NICU B and Intermediate. Residents on this rotation are exposed to a wide variety of pathology relating to the sick newborn and premature infant, including hyaline membrane disease, necrotizing enterocolitis, meconium aspiration, and sepsis and to advanced technologies, including high frequency ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide and ECMO.

Two general NICU teams comprised of two PGY-2s, one fellow, and one attending

Newborn Nursery
Our busy service at the Women’s Hospital of Jackson Memorial Hospital (link below) provides us with over 300 newborn deliveries each month. Residents, under the supervision of an attending physician, are the primary caregivers for these infants and will master neonatal resuscitation during this rotation.
Outpatient Pediatrics/Continuity Clinic: Continuity clinic is the most important longitudinal experience of residency. Residents will spend one half-day per week in their continuity clinic, either hospital- or community-based. They may follow their own panel of patients throughout their 3 years and acquire a solid foundation in the care of well and sick children in the outpatient setting.

Emergency Pediatrics
Holtz Children’s Hospital has a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) with annual visits totaling over 22,000. The ED is fully staffed with board-certified pediatric emergency attending physicians who supervise residents at all times and at all levels. During this rotation, residents will learn all aspects of emergency pediatrics, including CPR, trauma evaluation, minor procedures, management of toxic ingestions, evaluation of abuse, acute manifestations of chronic illness, and evaluation of surgical pathology. There is a monthly evidence-based clinical conference led by attending physicians that have received numerous awards for teaching at our institution.

Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics
This rotation is primarily based at the Mailman Center for Child Development and focuses on understanding normal and abnormal growth and development from infancy to adolescence. During this rotation, emphasis is placed on common developmental disorders, such as autistic spectrum disorders, language delay and ADHD. Residents will also begin an advocacy project of their choosing during this rotation that they may continue to develop throughout their residency years.

Pediatric Mobile Clinic
Miami-Dade County has the highest percentage of uninsured and underinsured residents in Florida and among the highest in the nation. Our mobile clinic provides free healthcare to the most underserved communities in Miami-Dade County, and residents staff the van along with general pediatric attending physicians and nurse practitioners. The mobile van visits many sites in our community and provides comprehensive primary care, immunizations, mental health services, nutrition counseling, social work services, and subspecialty referrals.

International Electives
Miami is a hub of medical missions to developing countries. Our faculty is reflective of the diversity in our community, and our residents are encouraged (schedule permitting) to participate in international experiences both with our faculty and in cooperation with other international physician groups. In the past, residents have worked in such places as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Botswana, Colombia, and Jamaica.

PGY-1 Rotations

  • Inpatient Pediatrics – 16 weeks
  • Emergency Room – 4-8 weeks
  • Well Baby Nursery – 4 weeks
  • NICU B nursery – 2 weeks
  • Night Float 4-8 weeks
  • Adolescent Medicine – 4 weeks
  • General Pediatrics Clinic – 4 weeks
  • Development and Behavior Clinics – 4 weeks
  • Major/Minor electives – 2-4 weeks
  • Vacation – 5 weeks


  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – 8-12 weeks
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit – 4-8 weeks
  • Emergency Room – 4-8 weeks
  • Inpatient Pediatrics – 4 weeks
  • Night float – 4 weeks
  • Jackson North Hospital – 4 weeks
  • Pediatrics Mobile Clinic – 4 weeks
  • Major/Minor electives – 12-16 weeks
  • Vacation – 4 weeks

PGY-3 Rotations

  • Inpatient Pediatrics – 8 weeks
  • Jackson North Hospital – 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit – 4 weeks
  • Emergency Room – 4 weeks
  • Mt. Sinai Hospital – 4-8 weeks
  • Night Float – 4 weeks
  • Major/Minor elective – 16-20 weeks
  • General Pediatrics Clinic – 4 weeks
  • Vacation – 4 weeks

24 hour call in Mt. Sinai, Jackson North, and PICU
12 hour day and night shifts in the ER, nursery, inpatient teams, and NICU

Available Curriculum Tracks

  • Primary Care Track
    The Primary Care Track offers a tailored, individualized community health curriculum for residents with an explicit interest in a career in primary care. Residents are encouraged to develop and meet individual learning goals while enjoying exposure to various disciplines and career options in primary care, community pediatrics and advocacy. The track will be longitudinal throughout the three years of residency and will consist of core rotations and additional experience in ambulatory primary care and specialty settings, community health and advocacy.  Each PL-1 resident will work with a mentor to conceptualize a project that she/he will work on and complete during the course of training.
  • Subspecialty Track
    We provide our residents ample elective time during their three years of residency to explore different specialties.  Once a resident has chosen their specialty, they have the option of switching their continuity clinic site to a subspecialty site during their third year.
  • Standard Residency Track

Available Electives

Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatric Pulmonology
Pediatric Nephrology
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatric Palliative Care
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Bone Marrow Transplant Unit experience
Pediatric Allergy/Immunology
Pediatric Infectious Disease
Pediatric Orthopedics
Pediatric Ophthalmology
Pediatric ENT
Pediatric Radiology
Pediatric Dermatology
Pediatric Surgery
Pediatric Neurology
Child Protective Services
Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Pediatric Urology
Pediatric Psychiatry
Trauma (at the Ryder Trauma Center see link below)
Procedural Sedation

Educational & Other Experience

Morning Report
Residents participate in Morning Report three times per week. Residents discuss the assessments and management plans for patients admitted during the course of the previous night.

Grand Rounds
Grand rounds is a weekly conference where we invite both local and international speakers to speak to our medical school students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff. Topics range from case presentations to research studies and everything in between.

Staff Conference
Staff Conference is a weekly conference comprised of a range of different topics: attending lead Ethics Conference, case based presentations by residents, Patient Safety Conference (formerly Morbidity and Mortality Conference), NICU Conference, and interesting outpatient cases.

Academic Half Days
Academic Half Days (AHD) is an 18 month didactic teaching curriculum the program started during the 2014-2015 academic year. It was established in an effort to develop a culture of learning and promoting board preparation during a time when residents are unencumbered by their clinical duties. Every week, residents are excused from their clinical duties for a three hour block on Thursday afternoons and participate in lectures, small group discussion of cases, contests and games, and role playing. We ask for feedback after every session and we encourage residents to participate in our planning meetings. AHD has been well received by our residents and we look forward to improving it every year. Simulation We have recently incorporated the use of the Patient Safety Center (see link below) into our Academic Half Days. We hope to increase the use of simulation throughout residency to meet core competencies. Subspecialty Specific Conference In addition to the above conferences, each specialty has educational conferences the residents may attend during their elective time.

Some examples:

  • Nephrology: Pathology Conference, Renal-Urology-Radiology Conference
  • Heme/Onc: Tumor Board GI: Pathology Conference, Radiology Conference, Fellow’s Conference, Patient Discussions

Pediatric Residency Program Requirements

  • Advocacy Project
  • Yearly Scholarly Activity
  • QI participation
  • Completion of Simulation Lab requirements
    Satisfactory attendance to mandatory didactic conferences

Pediatric Board Exam Requirements

  • Must pass USMLE/COMLEX STEP 3
  • Complete residency in good academic standing
  • Full state license

Board Review Course
Mandatory board review course for PGY-3 residents and encouraged for other PGY-2s and PGY-1s.  Led by attendings and fellows, we review general pediatric topics as well as high yield subspecialty topics.  Course is currently held weekly and begins in the spring.

Graduate Medical Education Director: Vivian Dechard-Martell
PH: 305-585-6042
Email: [email protected]

Program Coordinator: Denvah (Dee) Simmon
PH: 305-585-6042
Email: [email protected]

Program Coordinator: Nicole Llerena
PH: 305-585-6042
Email: [email protected]

Holtz Children’s Hospital
Department of Pediatrics
1611 NW 12th Avenue Suite #6006
Miami, FL 33136-1005

PO BOX 016960 (R-131)
Department of Pediatrics
Miami, FL 33101-6960

Pediatric Residency Program

Judy Schaechter, MD, MBA
Judy Schaechter, MD, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
Program Director: Monica Alba-Sandoval, MD
Associate Program Director: Nicole Torres, MD
Associate Program Director: Payal Shah, DO
Associate Program Director: Donna Weiner, MD