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All Children’s Hospital Announces New Pediatric Residency Program - 07/31/2012

All Children’s Hospital Announces New Pediatric Residency Program

First Class Slated to Begin in 2014
Release Date: July 31, 2012

All Children’s Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has received approval to establish a new pediatric residency program on the St. Petersburg FL-based hospital campus. The first class of resident physicians will enter the program in July 2014.

The new program, approved this month by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), will combine the best resources of both institutions. Johns Hopkins is considered the birthplace of physician training and is respected worldwide as a leader in medical education and research. All Children's Hospital has an 86-year history of providing outstanding care for children from all across the state of Florida and beyond.

The pediatric residency program will use an innovative new curriculum that will feature individual learning plans, early opportunities for research and mentoring, and a focus on identifying factors critical to maintaining health and preventing subsequent hospitalizations, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of children in Florida and throughout the world. The program will provide residents with extensive training in pediatric subspecialty care and offer a solid foundation in general pediatrics. Upon completion of the program, residents will pursue careers in all areas of pediatrics, from general to subspecialty practice.

“This is a unique opportunity,” said Dr. George Dover, Pediatrician-in-Chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Children’s Center in Baltimore. “There’s no place in the country that can provide pediatric residency training tailored to the individual needs of the resident in a first class clinical facility like All Children’s and with the academic experience of Johns Hopkins Medicine. This innovative program will prepare the next wave of medical students for the real world of medicine.”

“Johns Hopkins Medicine has worked very closely with All Children’s to create the nation’s most outstanding academic environment for pediatrics,” said Dr. Jonathan Ellen, President and Vice Dean for All Children’s Hospital. “This will be a great opportunity for medical students to develop superb clinical skills and the tools to incorporate research into all aspects of their training. It is our hope that this program will produce the nation’s future leaders in pediatrics. In addition, a strong residency program is part of the foundation necessary for growth of a variety of new fellowship programs.”

All Children’s Hospital became a fully integrated member of Johns Hopkins Medicine in April 2011. Since then, the hospital has established a new Office of Medical Education and Office of Research, launched a clinical research mentorship program and created new opportunities for collaboration among clinicians in Baltimore and St. Petersburg.

Chad Brands, M.D., and Raquel Hernandez, M.D., the director and associate director of the Office of Medical Education at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, are designing a new residency program that will provide a new paradigm for training future pediatricians. After working with a consortium of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty members to shape priorities for the new program, Dr. Brands and Dr. Hernandez are now collaborating with physician leaders to prepare for the first class of residents.

Dr. Brands earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and then completed a combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency at University of Cincinnati and the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. His early career efforts focused on hospitalism, medical education, and transitional medicine including young adult care.

He joined the Mayo Clinic in 2000 where he served as a charter member of the Diagnostic Clinic and the Pediatric Hospitalist Service and then a charter member of the Division of General Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. He served as Chair of that division from 2008 to 2011. 

Dr. Hernandez completed her medical school, pediatrics residency and a general academic pediatrics fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research efforts have focused on prevention of early childhood obesity, including the role of center-based childcare and the influence of parental perceptions and physician counseling methods on preschool weight risks.

During her fellowship, she received her Masters in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health gaining additional expertise in food policy and public health nutrition needs in pediatrics. Her work has been presented in both national and international settings.

For more information about the residency program, please call (727) 767-4106.

About Johns Hopkins Medicine

From the 1889 opening of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine four years later, there emerged the concept of combining research, teaching and patient care. This model, the first of its kind, became the foundation of modern academic medicine as we know it, and fostered a national and international reputation for excellence and discovery that continues to the present day. Today, Johns Hopkins uses one overarching name—Johns Hopkins Medicine—to identify its entire medical enterprise. Johns Hopkins Medicine in is a $6.5 billion integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading health care systems in the United States. This enterprise unites the physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the health professionals and facilities that make up the broad, integrated Johns Hopkins Health System.

About All Children’s Hospital

Children are the sole focus of All Children’s Hospital and its million-square-foot St. Petersburg FL campus devoted to pediatric specialty care. The ten-story, 259-bed All Children’s Hospital and its adjacent Outpatient Care Center (dedicated in January 2010) replaced an existing 42-year old facility just two blocks away.

All Children's Hospital is a proud member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. All Children’s is the only US hospital outside of the Baltimore/Washington D.C. metroplex to achieve that distinction. It is also the only hospital on Florida’s West Coast totally devoted to children’s care - a leader in pediatric treatment, education, research and advocacy. As a regional referral center for children with some of the most challenging medical problems, All Children’s draws patients from throughout Florida, all 50 states and 36 foreign countries. The mission of this private, not-for-profit hospital is rooted in its beginnings in 1926 as Florida’s first Crippled Children’s Hospital for polio victims. All Children’s understands that it’s not enough to treat disease -- that true progress comes from teaching and research to cure disease. All Children’s shares its pediatric expertise through research & education affiliations with 70 different institutions including Johns Hopkins Medicine as well as Moffitt Cancer Center, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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