Elective Rotations

Pediatrics Residency

The following electives are established through the pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty faculty at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville and Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville.

These electives offer a unique opportunity for exposure to patients in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings:

  • Allergy/immunology*
  • Ambulatory pediatrics
  • Anesthesia/procedural skills (WCH)
  • Bioethics
  • Cardiology*
  • Care of the medically complex child
  • Child abuse*
  • Dedicated clinic months in both the PGY-2/3 years
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Development/behavior evaluation clinic
  • Endocrinology*
  • Gastroenterology and nutrition*
  • Hematology/oncology*
  • Infectious disease*
  • Jacksonville Health and Transition Services clinic (JaxHATS)
  • Medical economics
  • Medical genetics
  • Mental health
  • Narrative medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology*
  • NICU (WCH)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Otolaryngology/head and neck surgery
  • Patient safety
  • Pediatric emergency medicine (WCH)
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry)
  • Pulmonology*
  • Radiology
  • Research/research skills
  • Rheumatology*
  • Sports medicine
  • Surgery

Additional electives may be available upon approval by the senior associate dean for educational affairs.

* Indicates core electives as designated by the Pediatric Residency Review Committee of the ACGME.

Global Health Options

We started our first program sponsored international elective in the fall of 2017. This elective is in collaboration with Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia. Based on certain criteria one to two residents are selected each year for a two week elective block. This rotation is made possible through the generosity of the Bruno family and the Scott Bruno fund. The preceptor at the university is a US trained physician who is certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases through the American Board of Pediatrics. Residents spend their time learning about a different health care system as well as the infectious disease spectrum in pediatric patients in South America.

The latest addition to our program is our newly created global health track. This is a 3 year longitudinal experience composed of structured didactics as well as experiential and self-directed learning opportunities. Residents on this track will have the opportunity to do local global electives in the PGY-2 year as well as international electives in the PGY-3 year in Bogota, Colombia and Beijing, China. Residents also have the option to go on other international electives through the advocacy tract.

Our Wellness Program

There has been increasing recognition of physician burnout by the ACGME and the important of wellness and development of resilience among physicians. Our program has developed multiple wellness initiatives aimed at ensuring we are helping our residents cope with and prevent burnout early in their training. Monthly wellness sessions where residents discuss different aspects of physician burnout such as dealing with stressful times, end of life events, building resilience during residency, coping with other stressors such as financial concerns, all form the basis for these informal discussions with dedicated faculty. They may also use this time for other wellness activities such as a nature walk on our grounds.

Class retreats, Halloween pumpkin carving contest, holiday party, birthday recognition, participation in community events are also part of our wellness initiatives. Over the past two years, our residents started the big brother-big sister mentor program to help incoming interns settle into residency with as little stress and ample guidance as they could possibly provide. In addition, the program organizes and supports multiple social and cultural events throughout the year.

Diversity and Inclusion

Our program welcomes and supports cultural and ethnic diversity in our residents as well as faculty who hail from a multitude of different backgrounds. Our residents also hail from varied backgrounds, represent different continents and speak multiple languages besides English. These include Albanian, Arabic, Dutch, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Urdu.