Image: Ayesha Mirza, M.D.
Ayesha Mirza, M.D.
Program Director

Image: Jennifer A. Hipp, D.O., M.P.H.
Jennifer A. Hipp, D.O., M.P.H.
Associate Program Director

Image: Nizar F. Maraqa, M.D.
Nizar F. Maraqa, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Image: Deval B. Patel, M.D.
Deval B. Patel, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Welcome to our three-year University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville Pediatric Residency Program. Our program, along with our partners Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, serves a population of approximately 1.5 million people in the greater Jacksonville and surrounding 4-county area (St Johns, Nassau, Clay and Baker). With our large catchment area and outreach clinics, we also draw patients from the Florida panhandle down to Flagler and Volusia counties, and southeast (SE) Georgia. Although we are an urban center, our patients hail from inner city to rural, underserved as well as migrant populations given that Jacksonville is designated by the State Department as a refugee resettlement site.

Our aim:

  • Train residents prepared to meet the unique needs of the populations they serve, not only as astute clinicians, but also as leaders through involvement in community service, advocacy and education
  • Train residents well equipped to practice value based, quality health care with hands on training in quality improvement & patient safety throughout residency
  • Educate learners who thrive in an environment of constant inquiry and are well versed in the basics of scholarship and research, given that fifty percent of our residents become community and general pediatricians (including hospital medicine), while the other half pursue subspecialty academic pathways.
  • Strive to provide an environment that promotes learning and academic growth through evidence based teaching, 360 evaluation and feedback process, while also promoting resident wellness and resilience.

Some highlights of our program are listed below:

  • Free-standing, children's hospital which is also a designated pediatric trauma referral center
  • Tertiary care, metropolitan hospital with a Level I trauma center and a Level III NICU
  • Varied socio-economic population
  • Medical economics elective
  • Outpatient mental health PGY-3 rotation
  • Program-sponsored international elective in Bogotá, Colombia
  • State-of-the-art telemedicine and teleconferencing facilities
  • UF CARES, a comprehensive pediatric HIV/AIDS program
  • Twice-a-week longitudinal ambulatory outpatient experience in second and third years. Ambulatory clinics include UF community-based offices, private practices and federally qualified health centers
  • Recipient of $1.8 million Anne E. Dyson community pediatrics training grant (2002-2007)
  • Strong emphasis on advocacy and scholarship

We all wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors in the field of pediatrics. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can offer additional assistance.

Ayesha Mirza, M.D.
Program Director, Pediatric Residency

Jennifer A. Hipp, D.O., M.P.H.
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency; Interim Medical Director

Nizar F. Maraqa, M.D.
Medical Director, UF Cares; Program Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship; Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency

Deval B. Patel, M.D.
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency

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Feb 1

24th Annual Tools for Success Conference

From 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM

Feb 16


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Mar 4

CARD Constituency Board Meeting

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Mar 12