2023 Pediatric Residency Applicants

Thank you for joining us!

We hope you had a wonderful virtual interview day with us! Here you will find additional information about our residency program that you may refer to during the interview season. Some of this information was shared during the overview presentation of the program. We hope the content will give you a deeper understanding of all our program has to offer! You can also download a pdf version of this website for easy access.

Please feel welcome to contact any of us throughout the interview season if you have any further questions. Thank you and best of luck in all your future endeavors!

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Our Medical Education Team

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Maria Behnam-Terneus, DO
Associate Program Director

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Beatriz Cunill-De Sautu, MD
Program Director

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Mark Gabay, DO
Associate Program Director

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Alina Gonzalez, C-TAGME
Pediatric Program Coordinator

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Galia Huerta, C-TAGME
Pediatric Program Coordinator

Staff Portrait - Dr. Giovannini Sanguineti

Giancarlo Giovannini Sanguineti, MD
Pediatric Chief Resident

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Stephanie San Martin, MD
Pediatric Chief Resident

Detailed Curriculum

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Our three-year curriculum is designed to meet the ACGME requirements for your pediatric residency training and to give each resident the ability to customize their rotations and experiences. We have many electives which you may choose from to tailor your training, according to your professional goals.

There are three inpatient floor teams which consist of 5-6 PGY-1s with one PGY-3 Team leader. Each floor has general pediatrics patients, as well as subspecialty patients. Each intern will rotate through each of the 3 inpatient teams at least twice. Inpatient rotations are spaced out amongst other rotations throughout your schedules.

The inpatient teams each have a night shift system, which consist of one of the PGY-1 residents on the team covering 4-5 night shifts per block. There are no 24-hour long calls in the PGY-1 year, while at NCH. There are no calls or night shifts on inpatient floors during the elective, clinic or ER rotations in the PGY-1 year. There are no Gen Peds inpatient blocks in the PGY-2 year.

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Three-Year Rotation Summary
Rotation CategoryDuration
Ambulatory Pediatrics2 blocks + longitudinal continuity clinic over 3 years
Newborn Nursery1 block
Gen Peds Inpatient Wards9-10 blocks (8 in PGY-1 and 1-2 in PGY-3)
Emergency Medicine3 blocks
Procedures Rotation0.5 block
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit2-3 blocks
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit2-3 blocks
Subspecialty Experiences9 blocks
Track Electives (Individualized)6.5 blocks
Vacation3 blocks (4 weeks/academic year) + mini-holiday
Block Schedule by Training Year

Each academic year is split up into thirteen 4-week long blocks. Residents have 28 days of paid vacation, as well as a 4-day mini-holiday break per academic year. Vacation may be divided into two separate 2 week blocks or as one 4 week block.


PGY1 Year Schedule


PGY2 Year Schedule


PGY3 Year Schedule

We offer over 50 different electives to choose from. An elective may be a 2-week or 4-week rotation. Electives may be repeated in subsequent years or be requested with a different physician group, if the resident chooses. Residents will meet with their mentor(s), as well as with the PD and/or APD(s), to help guide them in their elective selections based on their track, professional goals, and career interests.

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Allergy & Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Unit
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiac – Advanced
  • CICU
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Endocrinology
  • ER
  • Gastroenterology
  • GI Procedures Genetics (Clinical/Metabolic)
  • Global Health
  • Hematology-Oncology
  • Hospitalist - Advanced
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neuro ICU
  • Neurosurgery
  • Newborn Nursery (WKB)
  • NICU
  • Nutrition
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pain Team
  • Palliative Care
  • Pathology
  • Parenting
  • Pediatric Care Center (NCH Clinic)
  • PICU
  • Primary Care (multiple sites)
  • PICU
  • Procedures
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiology
  • Research
  • Rheumatology
  • Rural Pediatrics (FQHC)
  • Sedation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Transport
  • Urgent Care
  • Urology
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Elective Tracks

There are three Elective Tracks based on your professional interests after residency. Each track has a list of suggested rotations to help residents choose electives, which will enhance their training according to their career goals.

General Pediatrics Track: For residents interested in General/Primary Care Pediatrics, Developmental –Behavioral Pediatrics, Community Hospital Medicine or Urgent Care.

Additional recommended electives:
  • Dental, Developmental Pediatrics, ENT, Global Health, Hospitalist Advanced, Newborn Nursery at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Nutrition, Ophthalmology, Parenting, Primary Care (community practice experiences at various sites), Psychiatry, Research, Rural Pediatrics, Urgent Care
  • Additional rotations in Adolescent Medicine & Pediatric Care Center Clinic

Acute Care Track: For residents interested in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine, PICU, and NICU fellowships.

  • Anesthesia, BMT, CICU, Hospitalist Advanced, Nephrology , Neurology, Neuro ICU, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pain Team, Palliative,
  • Additional rotations in Cardiology, Endocrinology, GI, Hematology/Oncology, ID, Procedures, ER, PICU, and NICU

Fellowship Track: For residents interested in subspecialty fellowship other than those in Acute Care Track.

  • Adolescent - Adolescent Medicine (additional), Endocrinology (additional), GI (additional), Heme/Onc, Nutrition, Psychiatry, Sports Medicine, Urology, Research
  • Allergy/Immunology – A/I, BMT, ENT, Genetics, Heme/Onc, ID (additional), Nutrition, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Research
  • Cardiology – A/I, Anesthesia, Cardio (Advanced), CICU, Genetics, ID (additional), Nephrology, Neurology, NICU (additional), Nutrition, Pain Team, Palliative Care, Pulmonology, Radiology, Sedation, Research
  • Endocrinology – Adolescent (additional), A/I, Endo (additional), Genetics, GI (additional), Nutrition, Radiology, Rheumatology, Research
  • Gastroenterology – A/I, GI (additional – various groups), GI procedures, ID (additional) , Neurology, Nutrition, Pain Team, Pathology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Rheumatology, Sedation, Peds Surgery, Research
  • Genetics – A/I, Cardiology, Endocrinology (additional), Genetics, H/O, Palliative Care, Research
  • Hematology/Oncology – A/I, BMT, Genetics, Heme/Onc, ID (additional), Nephrology, Nutrition, Neurology, Neuro ICU, Neurosurgery, Pain Team, Palliative Care, Pathology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Rheumatology, Peds Surgery, Research
  • Hospitalist – ER (additional), Global Health, Hospitalist Advanced, Newborn Nursery at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, ID (additional), Nutrition, Pain Team, Palliative Care, PICU (additional), Radiology, Sedation, Pediatric Surgery, Transport, Research
  • Infectious Diseases – A/I, BMT, ENT, Global Health, Heme/Onc, Hospitalist Advanced, ID (additional), Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonology, Radiology, Rheumatology, Peds Surgery, Newborn Nursery at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Pathology, Research
  • Nephrology - Cardiology, Endocrinology (additional), Nephrology (various groups), NICU, PICU (additional), Radiology, Rheumatology, Urology, Research
  • Neurology – Developmental Pediatrics, Neurology, Neuro ICU, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Pain Team, Palliative Care, Radiology, Research
  • Pulmonology – A/I, Anesthesia, ENT, NICU (additional), Palliative Care, PICU (additional), Pulmonology, Radiology, Sedation, Research
  • Rheumatology – A/I, Dermatology, Genetics, GI (additional), Nephrology, Ophthalmology, Pain Team, Radiology, Rheumatology, Research
Pediatric Residency Sample PGY-1 Schedule

The sample schedule depicted is a typical schedule for one of the three inpatient resident teams (6 person team). It’s important to note that schedule requests and switches may be made between residents on a team pending the approval of the Chief Residents to ensure rotation requirements are met, as well as to maintain fairness amongst all team members during the rotation. There are no 24 hour calls in the PGY-1 year.

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ResidentOn-Call DaysDay ShiftsNight ShiftsClinic DaysDays Off

2021-2022 Resident Research & Scholarly Activity

  • All residents give formal teaching presentations annually
  • All residents complete quality Improvement projects
  • 67% of residents participated in funded or non-funded basic science or clinical outcomes research
  • 16 PubMed publication, 30 peer-reviewed non-PMID publications
  • 4 book chapters published
  • 238 instances where residents were listed as primary or secondary authors on abstracts, posters, and oral presentations given at international, national, and regional meetings

46 NCH Research Day resident presentations

Original Research Category Winners
  • 1st place: “Analysis of Staphylococcus aureus resistance patterns
  • 2nd place: Incidence and risk factors of infective endocarditis in surgical or transcatheter pulmonary valves.
Case Report Category Winners
  • 1st place: “An unusual presentation of an infant of a diabetic mother with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and multiple rhabdomyomas
  • 2nd place: “Beta-HCG as a tumor marker in Osteosarcoma
Quality Improvement Category Winner
  • 1st place: “Improving transition of care after discharge from NICU; Implementing post-discharge telemedicine visits
  • 2nd place: “Improving Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) practice during residency
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Nicklaus Children’s Health System

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  • South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children
  • Renowned for excellence in all subspecialties of pediatric medicine
  • Large underserved patient population with a nearly 70% Medicaid/Medicare patient population
  • Not-for profit institution (Eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program)
  • Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion “The Tower” – facility which houses the PICU, NICU, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Cardiology/CICU, Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow units and Starbucks Café & new Surgical Tower building underway
  • Designated as a Nursing Magnet Facility
  • Affiliation with Florida International University
  • Largest Pediatric Residency in the Southeast with 84 residents (28 per class) and 2 Chief Residents
  • 22 Fellowship Programs (8 in Pediatric subspecialty fields: Adolescent Medicine, A/I, Cardiology, CICU, Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology & Hospitalist Medicine)

Post-Graduate Statistics

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Pediatric Residency Class of 2022 Post-Graduate Placement Breakdown

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Subspecialty Fellowships

25 /28 graduates (89%)

  • Allergy – Immunology
    • Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
    • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL
  • Cardiology
    • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta / Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
    • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, PA
    • University of California – San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, CA
  • Critical Care Medicine
    • Children’s Hospital Colorado / University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO
    • Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Loma Linda, CA
  • Endocrinology
    • University of Miami / Jackson Health System, Miami, FL
  • Gastroenterology
    • Children’s Mercy, Kansas City, MO
    • Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
    • University of Miami / Jackson Health System, Miami, FL
    • University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Hospital Medicine
    • Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, SC
    • Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH
    • University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
    • 2022-2023 Chief Resident – Awaiting Fellowship Match results
  • Hematology-Oncology
    • Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
    • Texas Children’s Hospital / Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Infectious Diseases
    • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, PA
    • 2022-2023 Chief Resident – Awaiting Fellowship Match results
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
    • University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
    • Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
  • Child Neurology
    • Children’s National Hospital, Washington, DC
  • Pulmonology
    • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (UPMC), Pittsburgh, PA
    • University of California –Irvine, Irvine, CA
General Pediatrics

3/28 graduates (11%)

  • Primary Care, Pediatric Professional Associates, Miami, FL
  • Primary Care, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • Urgent Care, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital UCC, Miami, FL
2021-2022 Chief Residents (2)
  • Primary Care, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital PCC, Miami, FL
  • Primary Care, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital PCC, Miami, FL
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Pediatric Board Certification Rates

Graphic - 90% Board Passing Rate

90% Board Passing Rate!

*3-year average inclusive of ABP & AOBP exams

Pediatric Board Preparation

  • First-hand exposure to broad pathology from common to rare pediatric diagnoses
  • Annual subscription to AAP Pediatric Board PREP online question back
  • MedStudy Board Review Curriculum – includes a 5 book series covering high-yield board topics, flash cards, and additional online question bank
  • Attendance to our four day NCH Board Review Course by all PGY-3s – registration, lodging and conference meals paid by the program
  • Weekly board review sessions in the Spring developed by the Chief Residents
  • Annual In-training Exams (ITE) to help assess performance compared to national averages for level of training
  • Structured Learning Plan – Designed to assist residents who fall below the national ITE average for their level of training, but open for all residents to participate in!
    • Attend weekly board review sessions, complete written assignments & board exam preparation questions
  • Didactics
    • Morning Educational Sessions – Handoff discussions, Mock Mondays (Sim Lab), Morning Report Case Discussions (Tuesdays, Thursdays), Radiology Conference (Wednesdays) & Grand Rounds (Friday)
    • Daily Noon Conference Lectures – Faculty Lectures, Resident Presentations, Evidence Based Medicine / Journal Club sessions, M&Ms, Board Reviews, Wellness Activities, Program/Committee Meetings, and other topics (Risk, Patient Safety, DEI, Healthcare Disparities)

Resident Meet & Greet Sessions

Have more questions about our program? Want to meet more of our amazing residents?

After your interview day, we also offer several virtual Meet & Greet sessions to spend more time getting to know the best part of the program – our residents! These sessions are open to all interviewees after their respective interview date.

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These Happy Hour sessions are a chance for us to meet and get to know you better out of the interview day context, and for you to get to know us too! It's only with residents and a safe space to ask all the questions you wouldn't during interview day (there will also be a space at the end to ask program-related questions too). We'll ask a few questions to get to know you a little prior to the Happy Hour and to pair you with the best-fit residents. As always, don't hesitate to reach out if you have more questions.

Click any of the buttons below to register for that day's session. We hope to see you soon!

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