We provide resident education that will enable our graduates to practice the highest standards of pediatric medicine, as well as be competitive for a fellowship position.



The pediatric residency program at Sacred Heart Health System was founded in 1965 based on a deep commitment to serve all children, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable.

Our mission today remains grounded in our founding philosophy, while incorporating the requirements of training residents for practice in the 21st century. Our residents’ educational experiences emphasize the competencies and skills required for practice and extensive familiarity with the subspecialty fields of pediatrics. Upon successful completion of the training program, our residents will be fully prepared for the practice of general pediatrics or for fellowship training in a pediatric subspecialty discipline of their choosing.

Our program has a strong emphasis on primary care and ambulatory medicine. The ambulatory experience includes a weekly continuity clinic and a busy primary care clinic, as well as Pediatric Emergency Medicine rotations. Additional pediatric outpatient rotations include adolescent medicine and behavioral and developmental medicine. Inpatient rotations include the newborn nursery, neonatal intensive care nursery, pediatric intensive care unit, infant-toddler unit and school-age adolescent unit.

Elective rotations allow pediatric residents to develop their own individual areas of interest. Our subspecialist physicians are always available to discuss patients and answer questions, either in person or by phone. We believe this type of interaction is a distinct advantage. Because there are no fellows to compete with, as a resident, you will have direct contact with the subspecialists, and all teaching comes directly from attending physicians and senior residents. Our residents are also an integral part of our lecture schedule, which encompasses all objectives outlined by the American Board of Pediatrics.

In fiscal year 2016-2017 The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart cared for:

741 children in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

1,064 premature and critically ill infants in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

5,597 children in our Medical/Surgical Units

33,579 children in our Pediatric Emergency Department, with 2,552 admitted (7.6 percent)


The pediatric residency program is designed to make our residents well-rounded advocates for children’s health issues, in addition to helping residents find careers as either subspecialists or general pediatricians. Our program is also unique in its wide variety of rotation experiences.


Your intern year will include six inpatient rotations, one newborn nursery rotation, one emergency medicine rotation, two outpatient clinic rotations, and three pediatric subspecialty rotations. Almost every subspecialty rotation is offered at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. By frontloading your subspecialty experience, we believe this early exposure will provide you with the opportunity to make more educated decisions regarding future fellowship options.

Our community pediatrics rotation, offered in your first year, is designed to provide you with a strong foundation in your role as a healthcare provider and child advocate by teaching you about the community resources available for your patients, which you will utilize for the remainder of your residency.

In keeping with current duty-hour requirements, The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart’s night-float system covers from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., Sunday through Friday nights. Call nights include coverage on the inpatient units, as well as any admissions from the pediatric emergency room, clinic or outlying hospitals. Intern on-call responsibilities include handling all floor issues, as well as calls from the ER and clinic, under the supervision of your senior resident. For call nights in the NICU, a neonatologist is always available in house. Interns cover NICU babies and new NICU admissions, and the neonatologist will accompany you while attending high-risk deliveries.


Second-year residents are the “senior” residents and serve as supervisors of an inpatient team of medical students and interns. This provides you with the opportunity to tailor your experiences to fit your future career goals. Your duties will include accepting transfers from outside hospitals or physicians and responding to trauma alerts throughout the day. You will oversee all other members of your team, in addition to providing guidance and teaching to interns during these months.

The second year of residency includes three inpatient wards rotations, one NICU rotation, one PICU rotation, one emergency medicine rotation, one adolescent medicine rotation, a research experience, as well as four pediatric subspecialty rotations. One of these subspecialty rotations may be at an outside facility that has a fellowship program in your area of interest. As a senior resident, you may elect to moonlight in our pediatric emergency department, which is staffed by an attending physician.


Residents in the third year of residency currently have the following experiences: one inpatient and/or newborn nursery rotation, Behavioral and developmental pediatrics rotation, emergency medicine and/or acute care rotation; one PICU rotation, one NICU rotation, one outpatient clinic rotation, as well as five pediatric subspecialty rotations.

Scholarly Activity Experience for ALL Residents

Each resident is required to participate in a research/scholarly activity project, and our program will provide you with the tools you need to be successful. Residents have the ability to choose either a quality improvement based project or a clinical science based project.  Residents will select a faculty research mentor who will help guide them in their research. Also, our Director of Residency Research – together with our other faculty – provides didactics throughout the year on critical review of the literature, epidemiology, biostatistics and evidence-based medicine, in addition to facilitating resident research ideas and activities.

If your research is accepted for presentation at a national meeting, our program offers annual research CME, which covers residents’ travel in order to present research at national meetings.


If you are a fourth year medical student looking to complete a clinical rotation experience with the University of Florida Pediatric Residency Program at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, please visit our Medical Students page for more information.


As a member of the house staff, you will find that the pediatric residency program provides a very competitive benefits package, including health, vision, dental, life and disability insurance. Residents also have paid vacations, a yearly CME allowance and a research stipend to offset the costs of travel for abstract presentations at national meetings.


First Year – $52,044
Second Year – $53,795
Third Year – $55,664


  • Major Medical Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance


  • Vacation
  • Sick Leave
  • Continuing Medical Education


  • Meal Stipends are provided for while at work and/or on call
  • State of Florida licensure application process and fees
  • Lab coats, scrubs, and business cards
  • Varying membership and/or examination fees

Resident Educational Allowance

This allowance may be used for educational purposes including conference expenses, textbooks, journals, or research related expenses.

For more information about insurance benefits, please see the University of Florida College of Medicine benefits guide.


The primary program goal of the pediatric residency program at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is to achieve and maintain excellence in the education and training of pediatricians by assuring an organized educational experience with increasing responsibilities over three years in a setting where mutual respect between learners and teachers is fostered, where there is a diverse patient population, and where the teaching staff is enthusiastic and committed to teaching. This experience is designed to promote the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to practice pediatrics, to develop the progressive autonomy of residents, and to provide them with appropriate levels of supervision.

The program’s objectives are defined under the ACGME six core competencies:

  • Patient Care
  • Professionalism
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice Based Learning and Improvement
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Systems Based Practice


  • Achieve competency in patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health. Residents must be able to provide family centered patient care that is developmentally and age appropriate, compassionate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
  • Achieve competency in medical knowledge and the application of this knowledge in patient care. Residents must demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral science, and demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to patient care.
  • Achieve competency in interpersonal and communication skills which results in effective information exchange when working with patients, their families, and other health professionals.
  • Achieve competency in practice-based learning and improvement. Residents must demonstrate competence in the use of scientific methods and evidence to investigate, evaluate, and improve their patient care practices. The goal of this being to create an inquisitive, life-long learner, knowledgeable in the processing of medical information which can be utilized in care of patients now and in the future.
  • Achieve competency in professionalism as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
  • Achieve competency in systems-based practice. This includes developing a working knowledge and comfort in the role of pediatrician as advocate for child health related issues.


The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is proud to partner with our local pediatricians and national subspecialty pediatric physician practices to bring the highest level of care available to our communities.

Located right next door to The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, University of Florida Pediatric Subspecialty Clinics offer access to highly specialized pediatric care in a compassionate, kid-friendly environment. Physician specialists at University of Florida Subspecialty Clinics offer outpatient office visits, as well as specialty consultations on inpatient units and surgery cases. Our experienced pediatric teams work together with each child’s pediatrician or family care provider, partners at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital, and pediatric specialists and researchers to achieve the very best outcomes.

Pediatrix Medical Group is a national medical group comprised of neonatal, maternal-fetal and pediatric medical and surgical physician subspecialists. The Children’s Hospital partners with sub-specialty trained neonatologists at Pediatrix Medical Group to provide the region’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Sacred Heart Medical Group is the region’s largest network of primary care physicians with locations in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Baldwin counties. Most insurance plans are accepted at our offices, and while patients are seen by appointment only, same-day appointments are available at many offices. Online appointment scheduling is available through our Fast Track service.


While each resident is required to participate in a research project, our program provides you with the tools needed to be successful. Residents will select a faculty research mentor to help guide them in their research. In addition, our Director of Residency Research, together with our other faculty, provides didactics throughout the year on critical review of the literature, epidemiology, biostatistics and evidence-based medicine, in addition to helping facilitate resident research ideas and activities.

If your research is accepted to a national meeting, our program provides you with something that is very unique to this program – annual Research CME to support resident travel for presentations at national meetings.


Formal learning does not end with medical school. Many aspects of pediatrics require additional didactic instruction before they can be integrated into the resident’s fund of working knowledge. A scholastic series of lectures for residents has been developed to include the broad range of issues of importance to pediatricians.


All residents are expected to attend scheduled conferences unless specifically excused. A minimum attendance rate of 80 percent is required. Attendance records are maintained. Supervising residents are responsible for residents on their services and may be asked to explain unexcused absences.


Tuesday 8:00 – 9:00 am weekly


Monday, Wednesday – Friday 8:00 – 8:15 am


Monday, Wednesday – Friday 12:15-1:00 pm


Contracted personnel available on request.

program coordinator

Danika Gretzinger