The Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Alabama offers a three-year residency program in an environment that is both stimulating and friendly. Our residency program is designed to prepare the pediatrician-in-training to practice effective primary care pediatrics in the community as well as providing flexibility, allowing those interested in subspecialty training, academic pediatrics and research the necessary background to pursue their professional goals.
USA Children's and Women's Hospital is a free-standing facility dedicated to providing quality care to the children and women of the Gulf Coast area.
Our pediatric resident training program is open and friendly, providing an atmosphere where housestaff and faculty interact at a level that promotes rapid professional growth. The faculty make themselves readily available for consultation and informal discussion of patient-related problems. Regularly scheduled conferences are presented in an open and non-threatening atmosphere optimal for learning and promoting communication between housestaff, faculty and community pediatricians.
We believe that learning is best accomplished through:
We have 12 residency positions for each year level in the Pediatric Residency Program. In addition, there are 2 positions for each year level in the Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program. Therefore, there is a peer group of 14 for each year level. This number provides for a good mix of abilities, talents and personalities while still making it possible to get to know each other well. A fourth year chief resident is selected on the basis of outstanding ability in patient care, teaching and leadership. The chief resident supervises in the inpatient and outpatient settings, makes the call and clinic schedules, and participates in residency administration.
Our graduates have chosen a diverse mix of general pediatrics and subspecialty options as the next steps in their careers. Of the residents who graduated over the past 10 years, 55% have gone into General Pediatrics and 45% into subspecialty training and practice.
The MISSION STATEMENT of our residency program is:
...to provide resident physicians a foundation for dedicated service to children, proficiency in comprehensive pediatric health care, and development of life-long learning skills.
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