Future Gators: Pediatric Residency Recruitment Season is Open!

Pediatric residency recruitment begins in September, when applications start coming in, and concludes in March, when Match Day occurs.  This year we have already received nearly 1,500 applications from students across the country and throughout the world. And applications are still rolling in!  After wading through all of these applications, we will ultimately interview approximately 160 applicants for just 16 internship positions.

Please click the button below to read the entire message from Nicole Paradise Black, M.D., M.Ed., Pediatric Residency Program Director.

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Pediatric Faculty Recognized as Exemplary Teachers

This annual award, which is a component of the College of Medicine’s faculty compensation plan, recognizes faculty members who have made outstanding contributions toward creating a dynamic and innovative learning environment for students.

First time exemplary teachers receive a plaque and for every milestone year (fifth, tenth, etc.) thereafter, a personalized award. Each exemplary teacher also receives a lapel pin each year they are recognized. And monetary incentive accompanies this year's award.

Recipients will be recognized at the annual Medical Education Reception in February.

Congratulations to the following pediatric faculty on being honored recipients of the 2011-2012 Academic Year Exemplary Teacher Award!

  • Nicole Paradise Black, M.D., M.Ed.
  • Carolyn Carter, M.D.
  • Shelley Collins, M.D.
  • Levette Dunbar, M.D.
  • Debra Esernio-Jenssen, M.D.
  • Donald Fillipps, M.D.
  • Christopher Jolley, M.D.
  • Maria Kelly, M.D.
  • Donald Knickerbocker, M.D.
  • Michele Lossius, M.D.
  • Maureen Novak, M.D.
  • Sarah Ritchie, M.D.
  • Henry Rohrs, M.D.
  • Stephanie Ryan, M.D.
  • Sharda Udassi, M.D.




Department Highlights

CONGRATULATIONS: William Slayton, M.D., Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division Chief and Program Director

The International Society for Pediatric Oncology, or SIOP (Société Internationale d’Oncologie Pédiatrique), awarded Dr. Slayton the Clinical Trials Award at its London meeting in October.

From approximately 1,250 abstracts, the top three were selected and recognized in the following categories: Clinical Trials, Basic Research and Third World Medicine.

The abstract, entitled “Outstanding early responses with dasatinib and intensive chemotherapy in pediatric Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL): Children’s Oncology Group (COG) trial AALL0622,” reported results of a clinical trial using a second generation targeted therapy for Philadelphia chromosome positive ALL where the early responses are about 20 percent better than the current standard of care.

WELCOME: Thomas Martinko, M.D., FAAP, FSAHM, Director of Adolescent Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor

Dr.  Martinko joined the UF Department of Pediatrics in August.

Board certified in Adolescent Medicine, he spent 28 years in the US Army, most of which was in military teaching hospitals, but it also included deployments to Honduras and Afghanistan. He served as President of the Uniformed Services Chapter of the AAP and retired from the military as a colonel. 

Dr. Martinko spent the past four years  at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, where he developed the Adolescent Medicine Service and also served as the Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program. 

He and his wife of 31 years, Debbie, are delighted to be a part of the Gator Nation.

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