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The 2014 Orlando Health Pediatric Residents at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children


Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in University of Florida Department of Pediatrics Pediatric Residency Program at Orlando Health.

What we learn and how we learn is influenced by the incredible teaching faculty that we interact with on a daily basis and the volume and variety of patient care experiences to which we are privileged to be a part of. Orlando Health and the University of Florida, through a special partnership, is pleased to offer a unique pediatric residency training opportunity rich in education and patient care experiences. The program is built upon the strengths of Arnold Palmer Medical Center, a US News and World Reports Recognized Best Children’s Hospital and leader in pediatric care in the Central Florida community and the University of Florida Department Of Pediatrics - one of the top recognized departments of pediatrics in the United States in medical education and research. We are extremely proud of our cadre of dedicated faculty of exceptional clinicians, our collegial educational environment, and the incredible opportunities for career development we provide. We offer a supportive network faculty mentors and an innovative Individualized Learning Curriculum that affords you the opportunity to individualize your training help you reach your professional goals. Whether your long-term interests lie in pediatric primary care, academic medicine, subspecialty medicine, or biomedical research, we trust that you will develop a very strong foundation for the rest of your career. So many of our program’s graduates have gone on to wonderful careers. We are very proud and sure that you will too!

Thank you,

Scott Rivkees, MD
Academic Chairman
Department of Pediatrics

Arwa Saidi, M.B. BCh., M.Ed.
Interim Residency Program Director
University of Florida at Orlando Health Pediatric Residency Program
Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine



Arnold Palmer Medical Center
On September 10, 1989, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women opened, becoming one of the few hospitals in the United States where obstetrics and children’s services were combined. With the addition of Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in 2006, we became Arnold Palmer Medical Center, one of the largest integrated medical centers of its kind in the United States dedicated exclusively to the care of women, children and babies. Today, Arnold Palmer Medical Center is the only children’s hospital in Orlando to have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Children’s Hospital", providing care to patients and families with a collaborative team approach to led by nationally recognized doctors. In our 25-year history, Arnold Palmer Medical Center has treated over 1.6 million patients and delivered over 200,000 babies.

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is a 158-bed pediatric facility offering the most expert and comprehensive healthcare for children with a wide range of advanced pediatric services, serving as a major referral center for families across Florida. The hospital has a 17-bed Pediatric ICU and 26-bed Pediatric Special care unit.

Offering over 30 specialized pediatric services, Arnold Palmer Hospital provides excellent care and has been consistently recognized by US News & World Report as a “Best Children’s Hospital” with honors in 8 Pediatric Specialties in 2014.

The pediatric specialty services include:
  • Adolescent Gynecology
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Audiology & Hearing Services
  • Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders
  • Center for Digestive Health & Nutrition
  • Center for Orthopedics
  • Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
  • Division of Genetics
  • Division of Neuropsychology
  • Division of Rheumatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology & Diabetes Center
  • The Heart Center- Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
  • Hewell Kids Kidney Center
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neurosciences – Neurology, Neuropsychology & Neurosurgery
  • Pulmonary & Sleep Center
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine




For more information on our specialty practices, visit Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children's Specialties & Services page.

Bert Martin's Champion for Children Pediatric Emergency Department & Trauma Center
Opened in 2007, the Bert Martin's Champion for Children Pediatric Emergency Department & Trauma Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital, is a 33 bed 23,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. The center is the only Level One Pediatric Trauma Center in Central Florida and provides care for over 20,000 patients each year. Residents do 8-12 hour shifts under the supervision of board certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians during their rotation.

In addition, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children was the first hospital in Central Florida to provide emergency care exclusively to children. The Bert Martin’s Champions for Children Emergency Department & Trauma Center is part of Central Florida’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, with specialized doctors standing by 24-hours a day, seven days a week and serving thousands of patients each year.

Winnie Palmer HospitalWinnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies
Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies is a state-of-the art 11-story facility. 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. It is the second busiest labor and delivery center in the U.S., with over 14,000 annual deliveries and specializes in high-risk births. The 142- bed Alexander Center for Neonatology at Winnie Palmer Hospital is the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the United States under one roof, and is capable of the highest level of care for high-risk newborns. More than 1,600 babies are admitted into the Alexander Center for Neonatology each year, and more than 30,000 babies have been successfully treated since the unit opened in 1975. The Alexander Center for Neonatology consistently demonstrates the best outcome statistics in Florida for low birth-weight babies. Arnold Palmer Medical Center has been ranked as one of the Best Children's Hospitals in Neonatology by U.S. News & World Report.

ake a tour of Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies -

Take a tour of the Alexander Center for Neonatology at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies -


We provide competitive salary and benefits. To learn more about salary and benefits for Orlando Health residents, please view our Graduate Medical Education Resident/Fellow Benefits and Conditions of Appointment document.



Application Requirements:
  • Resident candidates must apply through ERAS - Electronic Residency Application Service.
  • A personal interview is required. The Program Director reviews each application in ERAS. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified by e-mail with a letter of invitation. Interviews are done by invitation only.
  • Resident candidates must request USMLE scores to be forwarded to us via ERAS before the scheduled interview date. Osteopathic applicants must request NBOME scores to be forwarded by ERAS.
  • No cut off scores for USMLE or COMLEX exams, however you must pass on your 1st attempt.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation in addition to the dean's letter are required.
  • Interview dates are October through December.
  • The deadline for applying is December 1st.
  • You must be within 3 years of graduation from medical school, residency training or fellowship training. If you are more than 1 year from medical school graduation or training, “hands on” clinical experience in the United States is required. Observerships do not satisfy this requirement.
  • We accept international medical graduates. Eligibility for ECFMG certification is required prior to program ROL deadline in order to be eligible for ranking as a residency candidate. Please go to www.ecfmg.org for more information.
  • Both parts of USMLE 2 or COMLEX 2 must be completed and passed prior to program ROL deadline in order to be eligible for ranking as a residency candidate
  • We do not accept any type of visas. We do not offer any observerships, externships or pre-matches


    If you require more information, wish to apply to our residency program, or to sign-up for an elective rotation or acting internship, you can reach us by e-mail at pedsres@orlandohealth.com or by phone at 321.841.8562 or fax 407.872.0544.

    Lisa Bailey
    Program Manager

    Nancy Ramos

    Senior Residency Coordinator