Residents: Program Description

Our objective is to provide an outstanding education in pediatric medicine while delivering the highest caliber of patient care. This is accomplished with the combined commitment of the Department of Pediatrics, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, and the Office of the Dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Pediatricians from our faculty and community are committed to the housestaff by serving as teachers, role models and mentors. Our housestaff curriculum is dynamic, exciting and innovative. All of these factors make for a rich educational environment and make University of Florida an outstanding choice for pediatric housestaff education. Visit the Pediatrics Residency Program website for more information.


The UF-PSDP provides didactic training in understanding research, applying critical abilities to conduct research, identifying problems in conducting research, raising questions and proposing solutions to resolving problems. The program also provides trainees with professional development skills and career guidance. The UF-PSDP sponsors regular presentations of state-of-the-art biomedical research. Residents on subspecialty elective are encouraged to attend the University of Florida Pediatrics Research in Progress conferences, where faculty members discuss and present their research projects. In addition, residents are encouraged to attend the weekly Fellows Research Conference, where fellows discuss their research projects.

University of Florida and University of Florida College of Medicine sponsor a wide range of conferences featuring scientists from within and outside of the university that residents and fellows may attend. View the College of Medicine’s calendar.

Research Electives

Per the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) residents may participate in three months of dedicated research over their 36 month residency. Residents who are interested in participating in research electives will be matched with faculty members within and/or outside of the department in areas of their interest. The UF Department of Pediatrics has a research track for interested residents. Read more about the Pediatrics Research Track.

Eleven Months of Research via the Integrated Research Pathway

The Integrated Research Pathway is an American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) approved mechanism for pediatric residency training. This pathway allows up to 11 months of dedicated research training that counts toward the 36 months of required pediatric training. See ABP guidelines.

The Integrated Research Pathway is designed for residents who are young physician-scientists and have demonstrated experience and commitment. Via this pathway, the UF-PSDP offers residents 11 months of full-time experience in basic, translational, or clinical research training in top University of Florida research laboratories. Application to this program can be made during the residency application process or during the first 9 months of residency training. Simultaneous patient care and clinical activities are in accordance with the ABP guidelines and will not exceed 20% of time during the dedicated research experiences.