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Program Curriculum

Our goal is to train competent and compassionate general pediatricians armed with the tools they need to succeed in either general pediatric practice or sub-specialty fellowships.

  • All our residents complete the IHI QI curriculum 
    and are mentored through virtual QI project during PGY-1, after which they are coached through their own QI projects during PGY-2 and PGY-3.

  • Some of our QI projects have become permanent programs in the hospital, such as the Class of 2020's Meds to Beds Initiative which delivers new prescriptions to the bedside prior to discharge. Meds to Beds is now standard operation for discharging patients at Holtz​​. The residents involved published their work and won Best Quality Improvement project at the FCAAP Conference in 2019 (pictured)


Clinical experience: 

  • Over the course of our three year program our residents receive progressive exposure to more complex patients and receive increasing independence. This structure ensures that our residents have room to learn the basics in a protected environment but are comfortable with making complex medical decisions by the time they graduate.
  • 4:2:2 Block schedule: 4 weeks on a major block (wards, ER, ICU) with the following 4 weeks on elective (either 4-week major elective or 2 weeks of one elective and 2 weeks of another or night float)​​​

Sample Schedules




Required rotations:

  • Wards teams:

    • Red Team: General Pediatrics, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Orthopedics, Neurology

    • Purple Team: General Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Infectious Disease, PM&R 

    • Blue Team: GI, GI transplant

    • Orange Team: Hematology/Oncology, Nephrology

    • Newborn Nursery (PGY1)

    • Mt. Sinai (PGY3): Community hospital newborn nursery

  • ICU rotations:

    • NICU x 2 as a PGY2

    • PICU x 1 as PGY2 and PGY3

  • Required outpatient rotations:

    • Ambulatory Pediatrics (PGY1)

    • Development (PGY1)

    • General Pediatrics (PGY3) 

    • Adolescent Medicine (PGY1)

    • Mobile Clinic (PGY2)

    • School Health (PGY3)          

Elective Rotations

Individually designed electives: past examples have included administration elective, lactation elective, etc

Individualized curriculum:

  • We pride ourselves in making sure our residents are able to tailor their curriculum to meet their specific career goals. While ensuring all residents meet the ACGME requirements by graduation, we have research electives, away electives and community experiences available. Besides this, we also frequently work with our residents to create electives to meet their needs. Residents are encouraged to pursue away electives either through established partnerships in Honduras and Haiti or at a location of their choosing.

  • 3 Tracks available to individualize learning:

    • Research Track

    • Allergy Immunology Track

    • Medical Education Track

Scholarly activity:

As an academic medical center scholarly activity is an integral part of our program. 

  • Quality Improvement

  • Medical Research
    • Through the research pathway we offer a structured curriculum with protected time for those especially interested in a career in academic medicine. The journal clubs and research lectures affiliated with this pathway are open to all our residents offering those interested a robust technical framework to complete their own projects.

  • Advocacy​
    • In collaboration with the pediatric mobile clinic and our school health clinics we provide care to South Florida’s most underserved communities. All residents complete a virtual advocacy project during their PGY-1 and are encouraged and supported to work on completing projects in PGY-2 and PGY-3

  • Didactic Learning​
    • Morning Report: brief reviews of evidence based medicine, QI topics, or patient management with the night float residents
    • All Things Considered: residency professional development series addressing issues such as wellness, medial education, communication skills, advocacy, and scholarship
    • Grand Rounds: lectures delivered by faculty and visiting professors in their area of expertise
    • Academic Half Day: 18 month curriculum consisting of 3 hours/week with topics divided by subject (ID, Pulmonology, Cardiology, etc) and addressing high yield topics for practice and board review; repeats so that every resident sees the entire curriculum twice
    • Staff Conference: lectures delivered by housestaff on a topic of their choosing guided by a faculty mentor, typically during PGY2

Weekly Didactic Schedule:

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  • Major electives (4 weeks)

    • Allergy/Immunology

    • Cardiology

    • Child Protection Team

    • Endocrinology

    • Gastroenterology

    • Genetics

    • Hematology/Oncology

    • Infectious Disease

    • Nephrology

    • Pulmonology

  • Minor electives (2 weeks):

    • Anesthesiology

    • Dermatology

    • ENT

    • Orthopedics

    • Palliative Care

    • Procedure Team

    • Radiology

    • Rheumatology

    • Surgery

    • Sports Medicine

    • Teaching Elective

Continuity clinic

  • Jackson Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) Pediatric Clinic

    • 36 clinics per year on non-major blocks

  • Option as a PGY3 to transition to a subspecialty clinic or 
    practice semi-independently at ACC 


Other Primary Care sites

  • UHealth Pediatrics at Kendall

  • UHealth Pediatrics at the Desai Sethi Medical Center

  • Beachside Pediatrics

  • Westchester Pediatrics

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