Director’s Message

Nicole Black

We are thrilled that you are considering the University of Florida for your Pediatric Residency Training. We are looking for a diverse group of individuals with character, competence, and a caring heart who wish to learn and teach as they care for children at one of the leading health care systems in the nation. As a program, we commit to providing the best in quality, communication, passion, innovation, and service in everything we do.

The University of Florida in Gainesville has a strong, balanced program in general and subspecialty pediatrics. With over 120,000 outpatient visits and over 10,000 inpatients cared for each year at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, the breadth and depth of clinical exposure is outstanding. Ascribing to Adult Learning Theory we believe in igniting intrinsic motivation and instilling habits of self-directed learning by understanding our learners’ prior experiences and setting clear, relevant, and individualized goals and paths. We are especially proud of our pediatric residents who are trained and encouraged to critically evaluate clinical problems and to function as primary care physicians. Further, their training, passion, and accomplishments in advocacy have helped countless children locally and across the globe. After pediatric training, approximately half of our graduates enter general pediatrics while the rest of the residents pursue subspecialty fellowship training.

We promise a work environment where people are respected for their contributions and uplifted as they fulfill their potential. Physician wellness is a priority for us at UF and we have a robust wellness curriculum. We are tightknit family who likes to have fun both inside and outside of work.

The housestaff fringe benefit package is excellent and includes comprehensive health and disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and extra time off over the winter holiday. The opportunity for flexible training is also available. The department provides a book allowance, MedStudy board preparation package, 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, and many of our residents attain leadership roles with the American Academy of Pediatrics and other reputable associations.

Gainesville is home to the University of Florida and 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 UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Affordable housing prices allow many of our residents to purchase homes.

Thank you again for your interest in our program. We look forward to receiving your application. 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.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Tammy Bleeker, our residency coordinator, can be reached at We look forward to meeting you!

My best,

Nicole Paradise Black, MD, M.Ed.

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