All Children’s Hospital to celebrate new residency programs with “Match Day” event

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All Children’s Hospital celebrates its third year as a Johns Hopkins Medicine associate with a Match Day celebration, featuring the inaugural class of the St. Petersburg hospital’s new pediatric residency program.

The event will be on Friday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the All Children’s Hospital Outpatient Care Center Conference Rooms A&B.

Match Day are a series of ceremonies held across the county, where fourth-year medical students open envelopes revealing where they would spend the next three to seven years of their residency training. The day is a rite of passage for medical school seniors, after spending four years building academic records and charting career paths.

The All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine programs represent a significant learning environment growth, and soon will receive 12 medical school graduates and 15 graduates entering the USF pediatric residency program affiliated with the St. Petersburg facility.

Pediatric residents in both programs will begin work on July 1, following graduation from medical school.

“This Match Day is the beginning of a new era and marks the first significant academic milestone for All Children’s Hospital since integrating with Johns Hopkins Medicine,” says professor of pediatrics Dr. Jonathan Ellen, All Children’s Hospital physician in chief in a statement issued Wednesday. Ellen also serves as president and vice dean of All Children’s Hospital for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

“As home to two unique residency programs,” he added,  “All Children’s Hospital will further its commitment to patient and quality safety by training top health care leaders, clinicians and researchers of the future.”

Noting that most medical residents end up practicing at hospitals in which they train, Ellen says that the expanding program will help the Tampa Bay economy by providing high-paying careers.

What makes the two All Children’s programs remarkable is their primary focus on both patient safety and economic value.

“Our new and unique training program offers an innovative approach,” said Dr. Chad Brands, Director of Medical Education at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Nothing like this has been done in academic medicine in the past 50 years.”

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