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Department of Pediatrics

The Pediatric Residency Program at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center is a tight-knit community with a big mission. There are six pediatric residents per year of training. Texas Tech serves the Texas Panhandle. The land area is 25,824 square miles with a population of nearly 500,000. Residents are presented with patient encounters on a primary care basis rather than seeing tertiary cases with pre-existing diagnoses. The residents have a close direct relationship with faculty. There are more than 30 faculty who oversee the training of our residents in areas of patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal skills/communication, professionalism, practice based learning and systems based practice. The education is led by Shannon Herrick, MD, Program Director, Johnnie Faircloth, MD, Associate Program Director, with Catalina Jaramillo, MD and Salim Aljabari, MD as PL3 Co-Chief Residents. This team is a strong advocate for the resident well-being and resident experience. One focus is to create a team of residents who function at a very high level. TTUHSC Amarillo is the recipient of a grant award: the Affordable Care Act: Primary Care Residency Expansion. This grant is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). TTUHSC Amarillo increased to a total of 6 residents per year starting July, 2011. One resident per year will be selected who expresses an interest in rural health and will have all travel and lodging expenses covered and receive an additional $15,000 per year for 2 years ($30,000) for repayment of student loans. The resident will spend 2 months per year in a rural pediatric clinic for a total of 6 months of the 3 years training. We have seven former residents who are now on the faculty roster including Shannon Herrick, MD, Tetyana Vasylyeva, MD, Srilatha Alapati, MD, Amanda Griffin, MD, Johnnie Faircloth, MD, Andrew Relph, MD, and Souzan Siddig, MD.


I. Current House staff consists of a total of 18 residents including 6 PL1s, 6 PL2s, and 6 PL3s. There is a high Esprit de Corps because of team building that starts during the internship. We conduct an annual off-site working resident retreat in which the entire resident group goes to an offsite location. Residents learn about themselves and each other and are given skills sets allowing them to work as a team to improve the resident experience resulting in resident "bonding", improved accountability for professional behavior, increased collaboration, improved interpersonal skills and communications.

II. The workload is balanced with personal time, education and providing excellent patient care. Time is available to allow for entry level research including case reports, scholarly reviews and small clinical studies. Night shift schedule for PL-1 resident include 2 months of night shift as a PL-1 resident for 12 to 16 hours. In addition, weekend shift occurs in 12 -16 hour shifts occur for PL-1 residents who are not on the night shift rotation. Senior have 1-2 night shift rotations per year and a single shift on the weekend per month on other rotations.

The average inpatient load for PL-1 resident is 7 patients with a range of 5-10 patients depending on the service. The level of independence begins with the interns being highly supervised and autonomy is increased over the intern year. Senior residents have a high level of independence with supervision by the attending. Adequate time to read is generally available with additional time available during the sub-specialty rotations and outpatient clinic rotations. Residents are excused from clinical service to attend educational conferences.

III. Faculty Availability Faculty are always available and serve as preceptors in Clinic, Wards, NICU, PICU, Newborn Nursery and Subspecialty rotations. Most faculty have full time teaching roles and they take every opportunity to teach.

IV. Teaching/Curriculum. Faculty are responsible for the majority of the lectures but allow residents to participate as well. Teaching conferences are organized in parallel with the American Board of Pediatrics guidelines for the certifying examination. In additional to medical knowledge, residents learn about patient care, interpersonal skills/communication, professionalism, practice based learning and systems based practice.

The curriculum for the Department of Pediatrics three-year residency training program is designed to prepare the physician to be well rounded and competent in pediatrics and child development. The graduate pediatrician is prepared for a career in primary care pediatrics or begin training in a pediatric subspecialty fellowship. The program is designed to meet the requirements of the ACGME and the pediatric residency review committee.

 PGY1 Schedule Example


PGY - I ROTATIONS - The first year includes thirteen rotations in a 28-day cycle. The first month is spent as orientation through service areas including the In Patient Ward, Outpatient Clinic and Newborn Nursery for 1 week. The rotations for the remaining year which consists of Night Shift (2), Outpatient Clinic (3), Inpatient Wards (2), Emergency Medicine (1), NICU (1), Community (1)and Newborn Nursery (2). In the first year, the PGY - I individual follow Goals and Objectives that frame the experience for each rotation and form a basis for the remaining two years of training. The first year resident generally rotate through the term newborn nursery before rotating once through the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).


PGY2 Schedule Example

 PGY - II ROTATIONS - Second year residents are given progressive responsibility and rotate once in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and once in the Emergency Department (ED).  They have two rotations in the pediatric required subspecialty (RS) areas (e.g. cardiology, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, gastroenterology, genetics, nephrology, neurology or pulmonary) and two rotation in a subspecialty (SP) experience (e.g. pediatric surgery, radiology, dermatology or anesthesia).  After the intern  year, second year residents will meet with the program director to review their Individualized learning plan and future career goals.  The program director will help guide the residents in choosing specialty rotations that will prepare them for their future plans.  The residents supervise for one month in the NICU, generally one night shift on the general pediatric ward and one rotation as a day time supervisor on the ward.  Breadth in subspecialty and supervisory responsibility also include a Developmental/Behavior rotation as well as Adolescent Medicine. The second year experience includes rotations in Adolescent Medicine (1), Behavior and Development (1), Emergency Medicine (1), Outpatient Clinic (2), Ward Supervisor (1), Night shift Supervisor (1), Sub-specialty (2), Sub-Specialty Experience (2), PICU (1), and NICU (1).  This experience, with its written objectives and evaluations, allows the individual to gain experience with appropriate faculty supervision both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The PGY - II resident develops deeper understanding, acquires new skills and cares for children with more complexity and acuity.


PGY3 Schedule Example

PGY - III ROTATIONS - The PGY - III curriculum is designed to provide additional subspecialty experience and increase in the role of supervisor and teacher. The rotations of the final year of training include Outpatient Clinic (2), Emergency Medicine (1), Ward Supervisor (2) Night Ward supervisor (1) PICU (1), NICU (1), Sub-Specialty (2) Subspecialty experience (3). These rotations are designed to allow experience in the management and evaluation of many different areas within the scope of pediatrics.

V. The Medical Center in Amarillo is Northwest Texas Hospital Systems (NWTHS) and is located directed across from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. NWTHS is the major community based inpatient teaching hospital for over 1,000 annual ward admissions to the resident service for general and subspecialty pediatric care. Additional annual in-patient admissions for the pediatric residents’ inpatient experience include  approximately 1000 (nursery), 300 (PICU), 430(NICU) and 18,900 pediatric ED visits. The resident to patient case ratio is adequate in volume, complexity and diversity. TTUHSC faculty supervise all inpatient admissions with the residents and education occurs with direct patient care. NWTHS provides full support for the pediatric residency program. These in-patient cases are utilized for teaching points during conferences and teaching/work rounds. Residents rotate at NWTHS for several subspecialty electives.  All Ancillary Services including laboratory, venipuncture and patient  transportation are provided. Subspecialty rotations include Adolescent Medicine, Behavioral & Developmental, Cardiology,  Gastroenterology, Genetics, Hematology/Oncology,  and Nephrology and Pediatric Surgery. Additional rotations are available in Lubbock for Infectious Disease, Neurology, and Child Abuse.

VI. Annual  Resident Salaries/Benefits  for 2013-2014 are as follows: PGY 1- $46875.07, PGY 2 - $48404.73, and  PGY 3 - $49933.26.  Vacation Leave: 15 working days as a first and second year resident, 20 days as a third year resident. For all benefits and conditions of employment including information concerning leaves of absences and medical malpractice insurance, please visit Your membership dues for The American Academy of Pediatrics will be paid by the Department. Residents receive an annual stipend of $250 for books, membership dues, and CME.

VII. The Community of Amarillo.  Strengths: Family friendly, safe, very affordable, ease of access to all the main stores, wide diverse choice of apartments and houses for rent and purchase.

VIII. Summary of the Program Upon graduating from this program, residents will be prepared to sit for the board with enough experience in pediatric bread and butter and a good exposure to sub specialty training. The friendly atmosphere will make the long three years an easier more tolerable journey. If you are looking for a place where you are a respected team player, this is one of your best choices.

So how do we measure our success?  The ABP certification rate over the past five years is 70%.  Graduates from our program obtain excellent fellowship opportunities.  Our 15 residents published 15 articles over that past three years.  Below is information that will give you a snapshot of our program.

So how are we measured by external reviewers? The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the Pediatric Residency Review Committee (RRC) conducted a site visit January 22, 2009.  The accreditation process is arduous in evaluating training programs.  We have a 10 year accreditation length in the next accreditation system.

   Fellowship Placement
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Fellowship Placement

2015    Catalina Jaramillo, MD - Gastroenterology, Salt Lake City, Utah
2014    Claudia Neugebauer, MD - Neonatology, Salt Lake City, Utah
2014    Gunjan Banga, MD - Pediatric Cardiology, Du Pont, Delaware
2014    Rikin Shah, MD - Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Oklahoma University, Oklahoma City, OK
2013    Peter Tieh, MD - Pediatric Endocrinology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
2013    Archana Varma, MD - Pediatric Nephrology, Baylor University, Houston, TX
2012    Johnnie Faircloth, MD - Sports Medicine, Texas Tech University in  Lubbock, TX
2012    Zankhana Master, MD - Neonatology, at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD
2012    Rasmi Palassery, MD - Hematology/Oncology, Rainbow Babies, Cleveland, OH
2011    Ladan Modallel, MD - Neonatology, at University of California in Los Angeles, CA
2010    Samer Kaylani Zaid, MD - Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at University of Alabama
2009    Anish Trehun, MD - Pediatric Intensive Care at University of Maryland
2008    Srilatha Alapati, MD - Pediatric Cardiology at University of Texas at Houston
2008    Prakruti Jambula, MD - Neonatology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital
2006    Rishita Tiwari, MD - Pediatric Endocrinology at Brown
2006    Tetyana Vasylyeva, MD - Pediatric Nephrology at Harvard
2006    Phuong Thao Hoang, MD - Pediatric Endocrinology, at University of California in Los Angeles, CA
2005    Carmen Ballestas, MD - Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at University of Alabama
2004    Hamza Alsayouf, MD - Neurology at Ohio State University

Resident Patient Experience

As a resident in our program, you will see a wide range of diagnoses.  The list below is 100 consecutive patient diagnoses.  Thus, even though we have a "small program" based upon the numbers of first year residency positions and we are a community-based program, when you train here you will obtain a broad exposure to patient problems.

1.  AGE, Dehydration
2.  ALL, Neutropenia, suspected Sepsis, Sinusitis, hypogammaglobulinemia
3.  ALL, Systemic Chemotherapy Encounter
5.  Appendicitis
6.  Aspiration of Talc Powder, Respiratory Distress
7.  Asthma
8.  Asthma, Pneumonia
9.  Bronchiolitis
10. Bronchiolitis, Hypoxia
11. Cellulitis, Abscess - Neck
12. Cellulitis, Abscess - Right Knee
13. Cellulitis, Abscess - Right Knee
15. CLD, Aspiration Pneumonia, HX of Prematurity
16. Constipation, Abdominal Pain
18. Dog Attack, Puncture Wounds, Cellulitis
19. Eikenella Bacteremia, Sepsis
20. ESRD (Mesangial glomerulonephritis), HTN
21. ESRD, S/P Renal Transplant, Flank Pain
22. Flexeril Ingestion
23. FLU, RSV, hypoxia
24. Gluteal Abscess
25. Helicobacter pylori, Dehydration, Neutropenia
26. Hemarthrosis, Hemophilia A
27. Hereditary Spherocytosis, Splenomegaly
28. Hyper IgE (Job's Syndrome)Cellulitis of finger
29. Hyperbilirubinemia secondary to ABO incompatibility
30. Hypoplastic Right Heart, Tricuspid Atresia, VSD, S/P BT Shunt, Dehydration
31. ITP
32. Laceration of Spleen
33. Lipid Pneumonitis Secondary to Ingestion
34. Lung Abscess, Pneumonia, SIADH
35. Lupus Nephritis
36. Lymphadenitis of Neck
37. MRSA labial abscess
38. Muscular Dystrophy, FTT, GERD
39. MVA, Pulmonary Contusion, Clavicular FX
40. Neonatal Jaundice secondary to breastfeeding
41. Noonan Syndrome, Croup
42. Optic Migraine
43. Osteosarcoma
44. Osteosarcoma, Pancytopenia, Suspected Sepsis
45. Pancreatitis, Sickle Cell Disease
46. Perforated Appendicitis
47. Perineal Abscess
48. Periorbital Cellulitis
49. Physiologic Jaundice of the Newborn
50. Pneumonia with Pleural Effusion, Anemia
51. Pneumonia, Asthma
52. Pneumonia, Dehydration
53. Preseptal Cellulitis
54. Reactive Airway Disease
55. Reactive Airway Disease, Hypoxia, Strep Throat
56. RML Pneumonia
57. Roseola, Dehydration
58. RSV
59. RUL Pneumonia
60. S/P T&A, dehydration
61. Seizure, ESRD, S/P Renal Transplant
62. Seizures, Pneumonia
63. Severe Aplastic Anemia
64. Sickle Cell Disease, Vasocclussive crisis
65. Solitary Absence of one Kidney, Dehydration
66. Status Asthmaticus
67. Status Asthmaticus, Eczema
68. Status Epilepticus
69. Stomatitis, Dehydration
70. Suspected Child Abuse
71. Suspected Sepsis
72. UTI
73. UTI, Febrile Seizures
74. UTI, Leukocytosis
75. Viral Syndrome, Dehydration

Resident Slideshow