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. In these unprecedented times, with the COVID-19 pandemic and a call to action to dismantle racism as we witness continued violence towards members of the Black community, our program’s sense of community, equity, social justice, and compassion brings us together to make a better world. 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 help countless children locally and across the globe. Now, more than ever, our trainees’ skills in advocacy and social justice are necessary to effect positive change in our world. 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. We are all engaging in important discussions and learning opportunities through our IDEAL curriculum (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Allyship Learning). We recognize bias as an inherent part of human behavior that must be addressed in order to provide equitable, high-quality patient care, as such, the goal of the IDEAL curriculum is to foster an inclusive learning environment that celebrates diversity and proactively engages with learners to advocate for systems and structures to improve care of marginalized populations. Physician wellness is a priority for us at UF and we have a robust wellness curriculum based on community-building. We are a 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, four weeks of yearly paid FMLA leave (e.g., parental) and extra time off over the winter holidays. The opportunity for flexible training is also available. The department provides a MedStudy board preparation package and time and support for residents to attend national meetings to present their scholarship. Further, 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. Michelle Calano, our residency program assistant, can be reached at calanom@ufl.edu. We look forward to meeting you!

My best,

Nicole Paradise Black, MD, M.Ed.

Nicole Paradise Black, MD, MEd
Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Chair of Education, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Residency Program