Director’s Message

Nicole BlackWe are thrilled that you are considering the University of Florida for your Pediatric Residency Training. We are looking for a passionate diverse group of individuals who wish to learn and teach as they care for children in and out of our health care environment.

The University of Florida in Gainesville has a strong, balanced program in general and subspecialty pediatrics. Our training in general pediatrics includes a continuity clinic program, acute care and community pediatric experiences, the emergency room, in addition to rotations in Adolescent Medicine, Intensive Care, Developmental Pediatrics, the Newborn Nursery, and Advocacy training (longitudinal experience and a full month rotation.) The inpatient service is composed of the Blue and Orange teams, to which both general and specific subspecialty patients are admitted.  We have a vital hospitalist program whose faculty participate in the care of the general patients and you interact with pediatric subspecialists on a daily basis as well. We have special rotations for Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Hematology-Oncology and Rheumatology that allow you to experience the full breadth of these subspecialties.  Our intensive care units are busy and offer state-of-the-art training. The curriculum also provides you with ample time to individualize your learning and meet your personal career goals.

We are especially proud of our Pediatric Housestaff who are trained and encouraged to critically evaluate clinical problems and to function as primary care physicians. The training program helps you, the young physician, to develop a personal responsibility for lifelong learning, and enthusiasm and excitement about the care of infants, children and adolescents. Our residents perform well on the American Board of Pediatrics certification exam. After pediatric training, approximately 47.0% enter private practice while the rest of the residents pursue subspecialty fellowship training.

The housestaff fringe benefit package is excellent and includes comprehensive health and disability insurance, paid vacation and extra time off over the winter holiday. The opportunity for flexible training is available. The Department provides an educational allowance and time for residents to attend one national meeting of their choice during the second or third year of training.  Further, the Department supports any resident presenting at a national meeting.

Gainesville, the home of the University of Florida, is a wonderful place to live. The city is full of great restaurants, hosts numerous cultural and athletic events, and provides ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. Many nice residential areas are in close proximity to the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

Thanks again for your interest in our program. We look forward to receiving your application. Do not hesitate to call if you have any questions. We will participate in ERAS for the upcoming July 1 positions. Please note that you are required to register for the National Resident Matching Program.

The important contact person is our Medical Education Manager, Tammy Bleeker (tbleeker@ufl.edu).

Nicole Paradise Black, M.D., M.Ed.
Program Director
Pediatric Residency Program