General Pediatrics Residency

General Pediatrics Residency

About the Program

Message from Program Director

Welcome to the Florida Hospital Pediatric Residency Program! I am very excited to tell you about our residency program in Orlando Florida. It has been a very busy and exciting time as we have grown our residency program to its full size and watched the amazing growth of Florida Hospital for Children and our new Women’s Tower, which includes an expansion of our NICU and Newborn Nursery.

Florida Hospital for Children at the Walt Disney Pavilion is the site for our program, with over 200 inpatient beds, including a 22 bed PICU, 9 bed CVICU, and the expansion of our NICU to include 91 beds. We have over 8,000 admissions per year and are on track to see 30,000 kids in our pediatric emergency room. The Center for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, which is the site for our Residency Continuity Clinic in Southwest Orlando, is a rapidly growing primary care clinic with 4 General Pediatricians and an Adolescent Medicine Specialist.

Our faculty is comprised of General Pediatricians, Hospitalists, Intensive Care Specialists and a broad variety of Pediatric Subspecialists and Surgeons who are providing hands on care to patients here in our Children’s Hospital. One of the many benefits of our program includes the fact that the residents are included in patient care for the educational value, and our units are not dependent on them for service. Florida hospital has been taking care of children in the Orlando area for 100 years, and joined with Disney in 2006 to open the Walt Disney Pavilion, an amazing Children’s Hospital designed by the Imagineers of Disney to promote the healing of children. Not only did Disney help us build a fantastic hospital building, but they are assisting us by training everyone who comes in contact with children in our hospital in the ‘Disney Way”. It is a kind of training that will make our graduates top in their fields in all of the ACGME core competencies, leaders in healthcare, excelling in patient care, satisfaction, quality and safety.

We received our initial accreditation in April of 2013 from the ACGME, and began the program in July of 2012. We are accredited for 6 residents per year, and graduated our inaugural class in 2015. The Pediatric Residency Program is designed with the Adult Learner in mind- and can accommodate those who wish to do General Pediatrics, or go into a subspecialty via fellowship. As a small sized residency program, we have the flexibility to allow both away rotations, research electives or specialized electives in our ICUs or subspecialties. The Children’s Hospital has an amazing array of patients in all of the areas of pediatric subspecialties. Obviously, a program of 6 residents per year will not be able to care for each patient admitted, but the residents will be caring for patients alongside the team of faculty physicians, medical students, nurses, physician extenders and the extensive support system within the Children’s Hospital.

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Stacy McConkey, MD, FAAP
Pediatrics Program Director

The educational curriculum includes a broad variety of conferences, including case based discussions, didactic lecture, Journal club, and morning report and simulation experiences with faculty involvement. We are utilizing the American Board of Pediatrics content specifications to organize our educational series to repeat every 18 months- to ensure that all residents have a chance to experience the topics needed to practice Pediatrics today. We also are providing access to the AAP’s Pedialink, Challenger Question banks and a variety of Board Prep materials. The rotation schedule consists of 13 four week blocks per year, with a mix of in and outpatient rotations which follow the 2013 Pediatric RC guidelines with 6 rotations over three years allotted for individualized curriculum (resident chosen) to prepare each resident for their chosen career path.

We are looking for fun, motivated residents to continue our family tradition of a close knit, responsive resident program in a dynamic, fast growing Children’s Hospital in sunny Orlando. I hope you will consider giving us a look. I would be more than happy to speak with you about our program over the phone or email. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

Stacy McConkey, MD, FAAP
Program Director

General Pediatric's Alumni

Faculty

of Florida Hospital Medical Education

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    Stacy McConkey, MD, FAAP
    Pediatrics Program Director
    Medical School: University of Illinois, Champaign, IL Residency Program: Pediatrics: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA Board Certified in General Pediatrics Areas of Interest: Education, Care of Children with Special Healthcare Needs, Behavioral Pediatrics, International Health
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    Heather Elizondo Vega, MD, FAAP
    Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine Residency Program: Tripler Army Medical Center Fellowship Program: Brooke Army Medical Center Board certified in General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Areas of Interest: Positive Youth Development, Depression and Anxiety Screening and Treatment, Eating Disorders, and Sexual/Reproductive Healthcare
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    Anita Moorjani, MD, FAAP
    Dr. Moorjani is a native Floridian. She grew up in Ormond Beach, Florida and has called Orlando her home for the past 8 years. She completed her medical school at the University of Florida and her Pediatric Residency at the Medical College of Virginia, and has been involved in training pediatric residents since then. Her passions include newborn care, developmental pediatrics and managing ADHD. She also is actively involved with both FSU and UCF’s College of Medicine. In her spare time her 2 daughters keep her quite busy!
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    Tiffany Tamse, MD, FAAP
    Associate Program Director
    Dr. Tamse grew up in Boca Raton, FL and graduated from the University of Miami College of Medicine. She started Residency at UM and transferred for her final year to Florida Hospital. She became the 1st chief resident of the program and is now involved in resident education as the APD. She is a Board certified General Pediatrician and practices in the resident outpatient clinic.
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      Stacy McConkey, MD, FAAP
      Pediatrics Program Director

      Medical School: University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
      Residency Program: Pediatrics: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
      Board Certified in General Pediatrics
      Areas of Interest: Education, Care of Children with Special Healthcare Needs, Behavioral Pediatrics, International Health

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      Heather Elizondo Vega, MD, FAAP

      Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
      Residency Program: Tripler Army Medical Center
      Fellowship Program: Brooke Army Medical Center
      Board certified in General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
      Areas of Interest: Positive Youth Development, Depression and Anxiety Screening and Treatment, Eating Disorders, and Sexual/Reproductive Healthcare

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      Anita Moorjani, MD, FAAP

      Dr. Moorjani is a native Floridian. She grew up in Ormond Beach, Florida and has called Orlando her home for the past 8 years. She completed her medical school at the University of Florida and her Pediatric Residency at the Medical College of Virginia, and has been involved in training pediatric residents since then. Her passions include newborn care, developmental pediatrics and managing ADHD. She also is actively involved with both FSU and UCF’s College of Medicine. In her spare time her 2 daughters keep her quite busy!

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      Tiffany Tamse, MD, FAAP
      Associate Program Director

      Dr. Tamse grew up in Boca Raton, FL and graduated from the University of Miami College of Medicine. She started Residency at UM and transferred for her final year to Florida Hospital. She became the 1st chief resident of the program and is now involved in resident education as the APD. She is a Board certified General Pediatrician and practices in the resident outpatient clinic.

Residents

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      Shannon Bogan, MD; Meharry Medical College
      Chief Resident
      PGY-3
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      Jennifer Arble, DO; Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
      PGY-3
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      Christian Chaban, MD; St. Matthew's University School of Medicine
      PGY-3
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      Marcos Colon, MD; University of Central Florida, College of Medicine
      PGY-3
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      Hafid Mantilla, MD; Chief; University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
      PGY-3
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      Mark Stephens, Jr., MD; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
      PGY-3
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      Jordan Schneider, MD; St. George's University School of Medicine
      PGY-2
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      Wendla Sensing, DO; Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
      PGY-2
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      Prema D Souza, MD; Father Muller's Institute of Medical Education and Research
      PGY-2
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      Sophie Thibault, MD; University of Central Florida, College of Medicine
      PGY-2
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      Kary Vega, MD; Brown University School of Medicine
      PGY-2
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      Sasha Wee, MD; Indiana University School of Medicine
      PGY-2
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      Leeda Arabitabaghdeh, MD; Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
      PGY-1
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      Jillian Green, MD; University of Central Florida, College of Medicine
      PGY-1
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      Emy Jean-Marie, MD; Windsor University School of Medicine
      PGY-1
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      Lyndsey Van Der Laan, MD; St. George's University School of Medicine
      PGY-1
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      Ashley Muszynski, MD; University of Toledo
      PGY-1
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      Binh Vu, DO; WIlliam Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
      PGY-1
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      Shannon Bogan, MD; Meharry Medical College
      Chief Resident
      PGY-3
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      Jennifer Arble, DO; Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
      PGY-3
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      Christian Chaban, MD; St. Matthew's University School of Medicine
      PGY-3
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      Marcos Colon, MD; University of Central Florida, College of Medicine
      PGY-3
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      Hafid Mantilla, MD; Chief; University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
      PGY-3
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      Mark Stephens, Jr., MD; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
      PGY-3
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      Jordan Schneider, MD; St. George's University School of Medicine
      PGY-2
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      Wendla Sensing, DO; Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
      PGY-2
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      Prema D Souza, MD; Father Muller's Institute of Medical Education and Research
      PGY-2
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      Sophie Thibault, MD; University of Central Florida, College of Medicine
      PGY-2
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      Kary Vega, MD; Brown University School of Medicine
      PGY-2
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      Sasha Wee, MD; Indiana University School of Medicine
      PGY-2
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      Leeda Arabitabaghdeh, MD; Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
      PGY-1
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      Jillian Green, MD; University of Central Florida, College of Medicine
      PGY-1
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      Emy Jean-Marie, MD; Windsor University School of Medicine
      PGY-1
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      Lyndsey Van Der Laan, MD; St. George's University School of Medicine
      PGY-1
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      Ashley Muszynski, MD; University of Toledo
      PGY-1
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      Binh Vu, DO; WIlliam Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
      PGY-1

Curriculum

Rotation Schedule
  • General Pediatrics Days 2 blocks
  • General Pediatrics Nights 2 blocks
  • Newborn Nursery 1 block
  • NICU 1 block
  • Emergency Medicine 1 block
  • Developmental Behavior 1 block
  • Advocacy 1 block
  • Acute Care 1 block
  • Neurology 1 block
  • Elective 1 block
  • Pediatric Potpourri 1 block
  • General Pediatrics Nights 2 blocks
  • PICU 1 block
  • NICU 1 block
  • Emergency Medicine 1 block
  • Adolescent Medicine 1 block
  • Community Pediatrics 1 block
  • Allergy / Pulmonary 1 block
  • Cardiology 1 block
  • Acute Care 1 block
  • Elective 2 blocks
  • Pediatric Potpourri 1 block
  • General Pediatric Days 2 blocks
  • PICU 1 block
  • PICU Nights 1 block
  • NICU 1 block
  • Acute Care 1 block
  • Genetics, Endocrinology and Metabolism 1 block
  • Hematology and Oncology 1 block
  • Emergency Medicine 1 block
  • Subspecialty 1 block
  • Elective 2 blocks
  • Pediatric Potpourri 1 block

The schedule will be divided into 13 4-week blocks per year. Resident Continuity Clinic will be held one half day per week during each year at the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Clinic.

Conferences:

The American Board of Pediatric content specifications is the framework of our curriculum, which is designed to repeat every 18 months. We hold lunch time conferences daily as well as morning conferences twice a week. Power Points from conferences will be stored on New Innovations for access any time if unable to attend or if desired for studying. Conference types include the following:

Case Conference

Interesting and educational cases will be presented by residents and faculty followed by an interactive discussion about the presentation. Management and differential diagnosis will be led by the chief residents, and supported by faculty from a variety of subspecialties.

Guideline Review Session

Our Residents stay up to date with standards by discussing AAP Guidelines and making easy to follow charts for use in clinical practice.

Grand Rounds

In depth presentations on new developments in pediatrics from local and outside speakers on topics that are pertinent to a broad interdisciplinary group.

Board Review

A series based on review of high yield articles and topics for board prep. Also sessions of question dissection and Jeopardy games to make learning fun and interactive.

Specialty Conferences

Lectures, Journal Club, Ethics, Professional Development, Schwartz Rounds, Morbidity, Mortality and Improvements, Business of Medicine and Research topics will be presented on a rotating basis throughout the year during noon conferences as well.

Business Meeting

Monthly program reviews are held during our House Staff Lunch Meeting, where the PD, APD, and Chiefs listen to resident concerns.

Readings:

Faculty from each rotation will choose pertinent reading for each rotation, which will be cataloged on New Innovations. We will be utilizing the Challenger program for case-based questions and board-style preparation questions. We have a small library in our office of textbooks recommended by rotations that are available for check out by residents, as well as easy to access to our online medical library including medical librarians who can perform literature searches and send electronic copies of articles from almost any online journal.

Simulation

We will be providing simulated training for all procedures listed in the ACGME guidelines, with competency testing on each procedure. We will also integrate the use of simulation for patient care, medical knowledge and communication assessment throughout the program. We have a week of simulation (Bootcamp) for interns during their second week of orientation where we have hands on practice for the procedures most often done on the inpatient unit, staffed by faculty and nursing educators for the following procedures:

Lumbar Punctures, Intravenous Line Insertion, Urinary Catheterization, Phlebotomy, IM and Sub Cutaneous Injections, Medication Dosing, Needle Pneumothorax, Intraosseous Line Insertion, Defibrillation, Intubation and Bag and Mask Ventilation.

During the rotation encompassing the holidays (Pediatric Potpourri block) we have designed a rotation that allows the residents to participate in another week long simulation experience with the following events:

Practice on Procedural Simulation: Several of the procedures from Bootcamp PLUS: Umbilical Line Insertion, Suturing, Incision and Drainage, Gastrostomy Tube Changes, Arterial Punctures and Tracheostomy Tube Changes.

Mock Code Practice.

For Rapid Response Scenarios, NICU Codes, PICU Codes with videotaping and feedback on both medical decision making and communication/leadership. Mock code sessions are also held monthly with one of our PICU attending who will give immediate feedback.

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Eligibility

What You'll Need

  1. LCME Graduates:
    1. Passed USMLE I and II
    2. Doctor of Medicine diploma without reservations
    3. Fluency of written and spoken English
    4. Proof of US citizenship or appropriate visa status (FH HR requirement)
  2. Osteopathic Graduates:
    1. Passed COMLEX I and II, with a minimum score of 500
    2. Doctor of Osteopathy diploma without reservations
    3. Fluency of written and spoken English
    4. Proof of US citizenship or appropriate visa status (FH HR requirement)
  3. International Graduates:
    1. Passed USMLE I and II cs and ck on first attempt with scores at or above 225
    2. Doctor of Medicine diploma without reservations received after 2008
    3. Proof of US citizenship or appropriate visa status (FH HR requirement J-1 visas are sponsored
    4. Current ECFMG certification (certificate must be provided prior to ranking)
    5. Fluency in written and spoken English
  1. The Program Director may permit the waiver of one or more of these criteria under special circumstances.
  2. A personal interview is required at the Florida Hospital for Children to be considered for the match. We will be participating in ERAS and NRMP match.

Applications will only be accepted through ERAS. Please do not send faxes or emails with attachments. We will have six residents per year, and no preliminary pediatric positions will be offered.

Sample Resident Agreement

Eligibility & Selection Policy

Benefits

We’ll Take Care of You

Salaries (Effective Academic Year 2017/2018):

First year: $51,500

Second year: $53,000

Third year: $55,000

Education Allowance

$2600 over 3 years to cover the cost of books, journal subscriptions, personal computers and equipment.

For more information on the many benefits offered across all programs, click here.

Application Process

Join Our Resident Team

Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). The deadline for completed application is December 1st, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants who meet all eligibility requirements will be granted an interview, which are held from October through December.

ERAS Application

Directions

  • From the airport
    Take the North Exit Take 528 West (Toll $2.25) Take 1-4 East to Orlando Take the Princeton Exit (#85) Turn right on Princeton St Turn left on North Orange Ave Take the 2nd right onto East Rollins St
  • From the Tampa area:
    Take 1-4 East to Orlando Take the Princeton Exit (#85) Turn right on Princeton St Turn left on North Orange Ave Take the 2nd right onto East Rollins St
  • From the Daytona area:
    Take I-4 West to Tampa Take the Princeton Exit (#85) Turn left on Princeton St Turn left on North Orange Ave Take the 2nd right onto East Rollins St
Once on Princeton:
Make a left at Orange

For hospital parking garage entrance, turn right at King Street

Simona Milosevska

Residency Coordinator

407-303-2888407-303-2869 2501 N. Orange Avenue Suite 301 Orlando, FL 32804