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Dome June 2014

A Study in Firsts

Date: June 5, 2014

All Children's Hospital's new residency program heralds a fresh approach to pediatric training.

Paul Gilbert and Mirinda Gillespie
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Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine grads Paul Gilbert and Mirinda Gillespie say they look forward to breaking new ground in pediatric training through All Children’s inaugural residency program.

Growing up in St. Petersburg, Florida, Mirinda Gillespie often heard about All Children’s Hospital’s stellar reputation. But as a healthy child, she never experienced it firsthand. In a few weeks, Gillespie will get to know the 259-bed hospital intimately as she embarks on a three-year pediatric residency there. Joining Gillespie will be fellow 2014 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine graduate Paul Gilbert.

Their arrival marks a new era for All Children’s, a regional referral center that provides specialty and subspecialty care for children, adolescents and young adults with acute and chronic conditions. Gillespie and Gilbert are among 12 newly minted physicians who make up the first crop of residents at Johns Hopkins Medicine’s pediatric residency program at All Children’s.

And just as novel will be the training, featuring a curriculum unlike any other program in the country, says Chad Brands, director of medical education at All Children’s.

Working together with George Dover, pediatrician-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Brands says, “We had an opportunity to think creatively and change the existing model so that it offers more opportunities for residents to pursue areas of greatest career interest.”

Dover says most residencies—including The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s—are built around a service model that requires trainees to cover the intensive care unit and emergency department and handle myriad patient care services. But because All Children’s provides extensive on-site physician staffing 24/7, those doctors will continue shouldering many of those tasks. “We can provide a complete set of training experiences, because staffing is not dependent on residents’ coverage,” says Dover.

If a resident at the hospital expresses a strong interest in pediatric primary care, for example, he or she can hone clinical skills in outpatient settings, including at its new pediatric and adolescent clinic.

Residents can also take more elective offerings, such as ethics of care, leadership, cultural competence, research methodology and translational research, and the business of medicine, than residents at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. So far, 40 physicians at All Children’s have received faculty appointments with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and will mentor the new residents.

During the first six months of the program, senior pediatric residents from The Johns Hopkins Hospital—one per month—will supervise the new residents, says Dover. (All Children’s will also remain the training ground for University of South Florida pediatric residents as they work alongside the new hospital trainees.)

 Half of the inaugural All Children’s residents hold master’s or Ph.D. degrees, says Brands. Gillespie, for instance, earned a master’s degree in epidemiology after studying anthropology and women’s studies and researching pregnancy and childbirth in rural South Africa. The 32-year-old physician hopes to specialize in hematology/oncology.

Like Gillespie, Gilbert, 26, has family ties to Florida. “All Children’s has the perfect combination of a large, successful children’s hospital, an affiliation with Hopkins and the unique opportunity to be part of the inaugural class of residents,” says Gilbert. “This fits my personality of always wanting to improve and of questioning the status quo.”

—Judy F. Minkove


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