First Class of Doctors Graduates from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency Program

 Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital marks an academic milestone as it celebrates its first class of doctors graduating from the Johns Hopkins All Children’s pediatric residency program. A group of 10 graduates completed their three-year training program, gaining the knowledge and skills to diagnose, prevent and treat childhood diseases, and ultimately become leaders in children’s health.

In addition to clinical rotations, the residency program offers pediatricians-in-training an innovative curriculum focused on patients and family-centered care, leadership, the business of medicine, ethics of care, cultural competence, research as well as patient safety and quality care. With a nationwide physician shortage growing in pediatrics and other sub-specialty areas, teaching hospitals such as Johns Hopkins All Children’s are playing a vital role in training the physicians of the future.

“This educational milestone pushes us to the next level, as we continue our transformation to become a leading academic health system in Florida,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and vice dean of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “This next generation of pediatricians will now make their mark in children’s health as they go on to practice medicine at the bedside, expand their skills through fellowship opportunities and continue their focus on researching childhood disease.”

This group of residents came to the hospital as pioneers in one of the first new pediatric residency programs in the United States since the 1970s. As they carry on the vision and mission of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, they’ve also helped the hospital solidify a program focused on education, leadership and individualized learning paths and have developed a deeper knowledge and responsibility toward patient-centered care.

“Our inaugural graduation symbolizes the culmination of the efforts our graduates, our faculty and our institution toward getting these trainees to their next career steps and to completing our goal of training the next generation of leaders,” explains Raquel Hernandez, M.D., director of medical education at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Hernandez was instrumental in designing the residency program which launched in 2014 and has worked closely with existing residents and continues to lead recruitment efforts for new pediatric residents.

As this inaugural class graduates, Johns Hopkins All Children’s will welcome its fourth class of pediatric residents who begin training in July.

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About Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is a leader in children’s health care, combining a legacy of compassionate care focused solely on children since 1926 with the innovation and experience of one of the world’s leading health care systems. The 259-bed teaching hospital, ranked as a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital, stands at the forefront of discovery, leading innovative research to cure and prevent childhood diseases while training the next generation of pediatric experts. With a network of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care centers and collaborative care provided by All Children’s Specialty Physicians at regional hospitals, Johns Hopkins All Children’s brings care closer to home. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital consistently keeps the patient and family at the center of care while continuing to expand its mission in treatment, research, education and advocacy. For more information, visit