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All Children's Hospital Announces New Pediatric Residency Program


First Class Slated to Begin in 2014

July 30, 2012 (St. Petersburg, FL) All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine has received approval to establish a new pediatric residency program on All Children's St. Petersburg FL campus. The first class of resident physicians will enter the program in July 2014.

The new program, approved this month by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), will combine the best resources of both institutions. Johns Hopkins is considered the birthplace of physician training and is respected worldwide as a leader in medical education and research. All Children's Hospital has an 86-year history of providing outstanding care for children from all across the state of Florida and beyond.

The pediatric residency program will use an innovative new curriculum that will feature individual learning plans, early opportunities for research and mentoring, and a focus on identifying factors critical to maintaining health and preventing subsequent hospitalizations, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of Florida's children and communities. The program will provide residents with extensive training in pediatric subspecialty care and offer a solid foundation in general pediatrics. Upon completion of the program, residents will pursue careers in all areas of pediatrics, from general to subspecialty practice.

"Johns Hopkins Medicine has worked very closely with All Children's to create the nation's most outstanding academic environment for pediatrics," said Dr. Jonathan Ellen, President and Vice Dean for All Children's Hospital. "This will be a great opportunity for medical students to develop superb clinical skills and the tools to incorporate research into all aspects of their training. It is our hope that this program will produce the nation's future leaders in pediatrics. In addition, a strong residency program is part of the foundation necessary for growth of a variety of new fellowship programs."

"This is a unique opportunity," said Dr. George Dover, Pediatrician-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital Children's Center in Baltimore. "There's no place in the country that can provide pediatric residency training tailored to the individual needs of the resident in a first class clinical facility like All Children's and with the academic experience of Johns Hopkins Medicine. This innovative program will prepare the next wave of medical students for the real world of medicine."

All Children's Hospital became a fully integrated member of Johns Hopkins Medicine in April 2011. Since then, the hospital has established a new Office of Medical Education and Office of Research, launched a clinical research mentorship program and created new opportunities for collaboration among clinicians in Baltimore and St. Petersburg.

Chad Brands, M.D., and Raquel Hernandez, M.D., the director and associate director of the Office of Medical Education at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, are designing a new residency program that will provide a new paradigm for training future pediatricians. After collaborating with a consortium of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty members to shape priorities for the new program, Dr. Brands and Dr. Hernandez are now working with physician leaders to prepare for the first class of residents.

Dr. Brands earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and then completed a combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency at University of Cincinnati and the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. His early career efforts focused on hospitalism, medical education, and transitional medicine including young adult care.

He joined the Mayo Clinic in 2000 where he served as a charter member of the Diagnostic Clinic and the Pediatric Hospitalist Service and then a charter member of the Division of General Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. He served as Chair of that division from 2008 to 2011.

Dr. Hernandez completed her medical school, pediatrics residency and a general academic pediatrics fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research efforts have focused on prevention of early childhood obesity, including the role of center-based childcare and the influence of parental perceptions and physician counseling methods on preschool weight risks.

During her fellowship, she received her Masters in Public Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health gaining additional expertise in food policy and public health nutrition needs in pediatrics. Her work has been presented in both national and international settings.

Prospective first, second and third year medical students are invited to attend one of the scheduled Student Intersessions Programs to be held at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg, FL. These uniquely designed sessions will feature clinical exposure to pediatric subspecialty fields and sessions facilitated by faculty that will focus on preparing current medical students for residency and their careers in medicine. These 1-2 weeks sessions are available in August and December for qualified student applicants interested in a career in pediatrics. Medical students may contact us by email at

For more information about the residency program, please visit or call (727) 767-4106.