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All Children's Hospital

April 01, 2014 14:17 ET

New Pediatric Training Program Highlights 3rd Anniversary of Full Integration of All Children's Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine

ST. PETERSBURG, FL--(Marketwired - April 01, 2014) - Three years after its full integration with Johns Hopkins Medicine, All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. has marked a major academic milestone.

The new All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine pediatric residency program had its first successful match with fourth-year medical students who demonstrated leadership and innovative thinking. The inaugural class of 12 pediatric residents will begin their three-year training program on July 1, 2014.

"Our new residency marks the beginning of an era and is the first significant educational milestone to date for All Children's Hospital (ACH) since joining Johns Hopkins Medicine," says Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and physician in chief at ACH and professor of pediatrics and vice dean, ACH, in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "All Children's Hospital will further its commitment to patient safety and quality by training top health care leaders, clinicians and researchers of the future."

Pediatric educators from St. Petersburg and Baltimore were excited by the opportunity to design a new approach to training pediatric residents. They developed a program that builds upon the Hopkins foundation for residency training and also emphasizes opportunities for individualized education, early opportunities for research, and learning communities of peers and faculty mentors, all focused on patient safety and quality.

"This milestone underscores the collaboration among colleagues at All Children's Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in shaping pediatric resident education in the 21stcentury," said Paul Rothman, M.D., dean of the medical faculty and CEO of John Hopkins Medicine. "It will benefit our pediatric patients as we continue to develop leaders in clinical care, education and research to treat and prevent diseases of childhood."

Ronald Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine noted, "The new pediatric residency program marks a significant achievement for the integration of All Children's Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine and expands our health system's commitment to improving the health of children through training a new generation of leaders in pediatric health care."

"One of my favorite adages is that in the future, all medicine will be pediatric and, I believe, that change begins with the pediatricians of tomorrow, whom we are training today," said George J. Dover, M.D., Director of the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Pediatrician-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. "The incoming crop of residents at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine will not only learn how to diagnose, prevent and treat childhood diseases but challenge all of us to question assumptions and push the boundaries of clinical, basic and translational science in a way that truly redefines the future of pediatric medicine and child health."

Residents in the new program will participate in novel courses focused on continuous quality improvement training, the ethics of care, leadership, research methodology and translational research, cultural competence and the business of medicine.

"Academic medicine provides great opportunities for residents to focus intensely on patient safety and quality from the very beginning of their careers," said Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., F.C.C.M., senior vice president for patient safety and quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine. "The new pediatric residents will benefit from tools developed by the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality that will help ensure they know and practice the science behind improving safety through teamwork and communication."

The program drew applicants who were excited by the innovative and individualized approach to training, notes Chad Brands, M.D., director of the office of medical education at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Our program was created from the ground up and designed to train outstanding pediatricians and create leaders in pediatric health care focused on patient safety and value. Nothing like this has been done in academic medicine in the past 50 years, and the physicians who will soon be coming to St. Petersburg to pursue pediatric training represent the great national and international interest we have seen in our new residency program."

Watch this video to learn more about Match Day and the new All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine Pediatric Residency Program.

About All Children's Hospital

All Children's Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine located in St. Petersburg, is the most advanced children's hospital on Florida's west coast. With over 50 pediatric specialties and 259 beds, All Children's is dedicated to advancing children's health through treatment, research, education and advocacy. Programs that include a Clinical and Translational Research Organization, pediatric biorepository and a new pediatric residency program are driving innovation in personalized pediatric medicine and child health. A network of 10 outpatient care centers in eight counties along with affiliate programs at regional hospitals makes All Children's a leading provider of care for Florida's children.

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