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. You will have the opportunity to work in both a free-standing tertiary referral children's hospital at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, as well as a large urban community hospital in Tampa General Hospital. The latter also being 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 and they are excellent teachers and superb resources. In addition, our program has a long history of supporting and placing residents in top subspecialty fellowships all over the country. For those interested, USF also offers numerous opportunities for research and community outreach.

Dr. Sharon Dabrow, our residency director and general pediatrician, is a strong advocate for our program. She 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, Dr. Patricia Emmanuel, an infectious disease specialist is incredibly approachable and accessible and extremely supportive of resident education. She routinely attends resident conferences and her door is always open to the housestaff.

Tampa Bay itself is a wonderful place that offers 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 aquariums, museums, amazing history, beautiful beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, 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 from all over the globe. We are all 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.


Erika and Mindy, Chief Residents

Erika Pasciuta, MD
Melinda Murphy, MD
Chief Residents