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October 28, 2014

Department of Pediatrics Hosts Residents Day

The University of South Alabama Department of Pediatrics hosted its 12th annual Residents Day on Oct. 17, 2014.  At the event, 12 senior residents in the pediatrics residency program presented their scholarly work to faculty, other residents, and students.

Dr. Rosina Connelly, associate director of the pediatrics and residency program and assistant professor of pediatrics at USA, said the program requires scholarly activity in one of three options:

1) Research

2) Quality improvement 

3) Community advocacy projects

Residents choose a topic and faculty adviser. With guidance from their faculty adviser, residents complete their scholarly work during their training.

Read more here.

Welcome!

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:

  • Hands-on experience
  • Warm, supportive working and learning environment
  • Progressive responsibility for taking care of patients and their families
  • Progressive responsibility for teaching families, students and fellow residents
  • High quality and readily available contact with faculty
  • Establishing primary care relationships with patients and their families
  • Interactive and structured conference; and
  • Independent, systematic study

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. Two fourth year chief residents are selected on the basis of outstanding ability in patient care, teaching and leadership. The chief residents supervise 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 from 2001-2010, 76% have gone into General Pediatrics and 24% into subspecialty training and practice. For an overview of graduate activities, click here.

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.                                  

Click here for a printable summary of the Pediatric Residency Program (PDF)
 

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