Chief Residents' Welcome
Dear Prospective Pediatric Residents:
As chief residents, we would like to welcome you to the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida. Thank you for visiting this website and showing an interest in our program. USF Pediatrics is truly a unique and special residency program. As a resident, you will have the opportunity to work in both a free-standing tertiary referral children's hospital at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, as well as a large urban community hospital at Tampa General Hospital, which is also a level one trauma center. All Children's Hospital moved into a beautiful new facility in 2010 that is unparalleled by others.
A primary focus of our program is resident education, which includes didactic and interactive conferences such as morning report, noon conference and Grand Rounds, as well as many opportunities to learn directly from faculty and senior residents on a variety of inpatient and outpatient rotations. The attending faculty is here to support your journey to becoming a well-rounded pediatrician. They are excellent teachers and superb resources. Our program has a long history of supporting and placing residents in top subspecialty fellowships all over the country as well as graduating general pediatricians, many of whom remain in our community and practice in a variety of the well-respected local practices.
For those interested, USF also offers numerous opportunities for community outreach and research. There are several clinics for underserved populations with which residents can volunteer to help, including the USF Health BRIDGE Clinic and the Ybor Youth Clinic. Additionally, many of our residents participate in community Health Fairs and are involved in advocacy within our community. Resident participation in research is also encouraged. Much of the USF faculty is invested in clinical or basic sciences research and many of our residents have published in peer-reviewed journals and presented posters at various conferences.
Dr. Sharon Dabrow, our residency director, is a strong advocate for our program. She is a general pediatrician who has been on the faculty since 1995 and has focused her career on resident education. She is dedicated to the continual improvement of the program and is always available for any needs we may have. She is an excellent teacher, role model and mentor. Our Chairman is Dr. Patricia Emmanuel, an infectious diseases specialist, who is approachable, makes herself very accessible to residents, and is extremely supportive of resident education. She routinely attends resident conferences and presentations and her door is always open to the housestaff.
Tampa Bay itself is a wonderful place that offers a lot of sunshine and innumerable year-round activities including many festivals along the Bay, with the most famous being Gasparilla - the largest pirate invasion festival and parade in the world. There are also beautiful beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, multiple performing arts theatres, aquariums, museums, and historical sites, as well as our professional sports teams including the Buccaneers, Rays, and Lightning. Tampa Bay has all of the resources of a large city, but the closeness of a small town. You can easily live in a vibrant downtown neighborhood or in a cozy suburban community.
Last, but certainly NOT least, the program is composed of a strong, cohesive group of residents that work well together and provide immense support for each other. We are professional colleagues as well as good friends. It is truly a "family-friendly" residency that stresses the importance of life outside the program to foster an atmosphere of unity and unparalleled cooperation amongst the residents.
We look forward to meeting you at your interview! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Meredith and Cameron, Chief Residents
Meredith Plant, MD
Cameron Nereim, MD