The 2013 Orlando Health Pediatric Residents at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, part of Orlando Health in Orlando, Florida.

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is the largest freestanding facility of its kind in the southeast. It has a 17-bed Pediatric ICU unit in addition to the 33-bed Bert Martin's Champions for Children Emergency Department and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. The ED treats approximately 30,000 pediatric patients annually and is staffed by a medical team that includes board certified in pediatric emergency medicine physicians.

Arnold Palmer Hospital is a major referral center for subspecialty pediatric care and includes the following programs: The Cystic Fibrosis Center, The Heart Center, the Hematology/Oncology Program, The Spina Bifida Center, Diabetes Program, Asthma Clinic, ECMO for infants and older children, Fetal Diagnostics Program, Dialysis Center and End-Stage Renal Diseases Program.

Adjacent to Arnold Palmer Hospital is Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. It is a state-of-the art 11-story facility with a 112-bed Neonatal ICU and an active newborn nursery with over 14,000 annual deliveries. The hospital contains 400,000 square feet, has 30 labor and delivery rooms, postpartum, high-risk antepartum units, along with full gynecology and reproductive services.

Our program’s focus is excellence in pediatric resident education. Our strengths are the dedicated academic faculty, the learner-centered philosophy of education and the vast clinical experience available provided in a supportive environment. Our residents’ success is our goal.

Curriculum & Training


The curriculum is structured to provide increasing levels of responsibility for patient management, supervision of junior residents and medical students and teaching. Emphasis is placed on primary care education as well as exposure to complex and tertiary care pediatric patients. Diversity of experience is considered to be an important goal as is evidence-based learning. Our program is designed to place the resident within the framework of the Central Florida community, utilizing specially designed rotations within the community. We recognize that pediatricians must understand their role as important members of their local community.

Outpatient Pediatrics Rotation

  • Residents learn the fundamentals of pediatric ambulatory care for children of all ages
  • Continuity and ambulatory clinics at the Southside Campus of the Central Florida Family Health Centers (a FQHC)
  • Located less than 6 miles from the main Orlando Health Campus

Individualized Learning Curriculum (ILC):

ILC is new feature of residency training recently instituted by the ACGME. This rotation allows senior residents to focus on specific areas of interest for their future career in pediatrics while maintaining strong general pediatric foundation. Our residents have participated in helicopter patient transports with our Emergency Medicine track, built simulation modules with our Program Director as part of the Academic Medicine track, and created viable business plans with our Academic Chair who also has an MBA. Residents are offered the vast educational resources of our facility to learn and develop.

Advocacy Rotation / In the Zone

  • This rotation teaches residents to become pediatricians who are as comfortable and competent in their role as child advocates as they are in medical practice
  • The rotation takes residents out of the hospital into communities to learn about the different needs and assets the community has so that they can provide culturally competent, and family-centered care to all children
  • It enlarges the resident-physician focus from the individual child so that they can address and advocate for the whole family and community within which the child is living
  • Residents learn how to create collaborative community projects and initiatives by partnering with community based organizations. We participate with the work the following community programs:
    • Haitian Radio Health Literacy Project
    • Coalition for the Homeless: Family Lecture Series
    • Center for Drug-Free Living Lecture Series
    • Home Visitation Program
    • Lake Eola Charter School: Health Education Lecture Series

Global Health and International Electives

  • Pediatric residents have the opportunity to serve internationally during the PL-2 and PL-3 years
  • In the past 5 years we have had many residents serve abroad in:
    • Brazil
    • Egypt
    • Nigeria
    • Malawi
    • Kenya
    • Trinidad
    • Niger
  • Arnold Palmer Hospital and the Pediatric Residency Program are committed to improving children’s health with partnering hospitals and clinics world wide
  • Residents also have the opportunity to serve in short term missions globally with faculty every year


Case Report (Morning Report)

  • A Friday morning tradition. Case report series allows residents the opportunity to acquire skills in case presentation and to use critical and organized thinking in formulating differential diagnoses and management plans for hospitalized patients on the general wards and in the PICU.

Grand Rounds

  • One hour CME conference weekly at 8 a.m in the Winnie Palmer Hospital Auditorium
  • Grand Rounds features interesting General Pediatrics topics, state-of-the-art updates, and a variety of special topics to round out your education. Presentations are given by our own expert faculty, visiting professors, national, and international speakers
  • The monthly schedule available by contacting the Academic Pediatrics Office at 407-649-6876 or nancy1.ramos@orlandohealth.com

Pediatric Conferences

  • Lectures on specific topics by general pediatric attendings, sub-specialists and guest speakers. The curriculum is based on the American Board of Pediatrics Content Specifications and is used as an adjunct to board preparation.
  • Lectures also cover professionalism, residents as teachers, adult learning theory, ethics in pediatrics, billing and coding, and other interesting topics.
  • Lectures structured around a carefully designed topical block schedule. Each block (4wk period) covers a specific subspecialty or organ system to help focus resident study and prepare for boards.
  • Many conferences promote resident participation using an audience response system

Prep Course/Board Review

  • Offers a condensed comprehensive review of specific pediatric topics with active participation of both the residents and faculty
  • Led by upper level residents
  • Board style test questions are used to facilitate discussions and resident learning

Journal Club (EBM)

  • Occurs monthly and utilizes the principles of evidence-based medicine (EBM)
  • Promotes a critical review of the literature and biostatistics

Professor’s Rounds

  • One of our favorite conferences. Facilitated by Dr. John Tilelli of our critical care faculty, a case is presented to a blinded general pediatrician and they work through their diagnostic thought process. Once the diagnosis is established multiple specialists from Pathology, Radiology, or special guests from the health department or medical examiner’s office present their perspectives on the case.

Behavior & Development Conference

  • Concise review of behavior and development; conference occurs monthly
  • Given by resident during the behavior and development

Salary and Benefits

Orlando Health resident salaries:

  • PL-1: $48,554.00
  • PL-2: $50,206.00
  • PL-3: $52,146.00

To learn more about salary and benefits for Orlando Health residents please click here

Meet the Residents

Meet the 2013-2014 Residents for the Orlando Health Pediatric Residency Program at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children