Ten outstanding young physicians from all over the country will complete their pediatric residency training at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio through Baylor College of Medicine’s pediatric residency program, one of the top-ranked residency programs in the nation. This is the second group of residents for the new residency program in San Antonio.
Baylor College of Medicine is the highest ranked research-intensive and primary care medical school in Texas, according to U.S. News & World Report, and is home to many top ranked programs, including pediatrics. The college’s department of pediatrics, one of the largest and most diverse in the country, was ranked 7th by U.S. News & World Report among all pediatrics programs nationally. The training program includes a large program at Texas Children’s Hospital and a new program at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Baylor faculty members take care of pediatric patients and oversee the training of students and residents at both hospitals.
“The establishment of the residency program was a major milestone for us as we began transforming our hospital into a world-class children’s facility in 2012,” said Dr. Mark Gilger, pediatrician-in-chief at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and vice chair of the department of pediatrics at Baylor. “South Texas has a need for more pediatricians and we’re making a difference by offering a robust curriculum to some of the best and brightest medical students.”
During this month’s Match Day, the culmination of the annual National Resident Matching Program, fourth-year medical students across the country learned where they will be completing their residency training. The 10 students who matched with Baylor’s program at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio are the second group of residents in the program. They will begin their pediatric training in July 2016.
“As our pediatric residency program grows, we are excited to see our current residents take on their early roles of teaching, supervision, and leadership,” said Dr. Michelle Barajaz, pediatric residency program director and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics. “They have completed numerous rotations with our faculty in all disciplines from hematology/oncology to infectious diseases and neonatal care.”
Baylor’s pediatric residency program offers training in general pediatrics, as well as fellowships in more specific fields of study. The program provides residents with many training opportunities; from community-based practice to conducting research at one of the most advanced medical centers in the world.
In February 2013, Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital entered into a partnership with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System to develop San Antonio’s only freestanding children’s hospital, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. The partnership gave Baylor College of Medicine an opportunity to develop a distinct pediatric residency program in San Antonio in 2014.