Message from the Pediatric Residency Program Director
We hope this website provides you with an accurate picture of what residency at the Department of Pediatrics University of Puerto Rico is all about.
Message from the Program Director
We appreciate your interest in our residency program. We recognize the important decision you have ahead of you as residency training is that exciting, demanding, occasionally frightening but certainly gratifying final step toward your goal of becoming a pediatrician.
At the UPR we offer a challenging residency program that will enable you to achieve your academic and professional goals. Our well-rounded training experience will provide you with an excellent foundation in general pediatrics, along with specialty care. Our greatest assets are our residents, faculty, and staff – all dedicated to improving the lives of children. Our top-notch faculty is committed to residents’ education and foster the ideal balance of resident’s autonomy and faculty supervision.
I hope that you will seriously consider our program, and look forward to meeting and working with you in the future!
Yasmin Pedrogo, MD, FAAP
Mission and Vision
We are committed to providing high quality, comprehensive, student-centered and self-directed education in pediatrics to physicians in training. We achieve to maintain excellent and up to date undergraduate and graduate education in the field of pediatrics through training in patient-centered care, problem-based learning, research, advocacy and leadership in child health promotion and disease prevention.
To become academic leaders in Puerto Rico and Latin America through the education of health professionals as researchers and academicians; and to promote education by way of innovation in a student-centered, interdisciplinary environment using forefront educational strategies.
The main clinical site, the University Pediatric Hospital, is a tertiary facility with its own emergency room, pediatric neonatal and intensive care units, general pediatric wards, newborn nursery, oncology ward, an unit of bone marrow transplant, outpatient clinics and dialysis unit. It has 146 beds and is the referral center for the whole island, the Caribbean and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The hospital, which is undergoing major renovations, is part of the Puerto Rico Medical Center (PRMC). This provides access to the facilities of the PRMC, the Medical Sciences Campus, the recently opened Cancer Center and the new Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Center, providing a plethora of possibilities for collaboration in diverse areas. Other sites include: the UPR Hospital at Carolina, the San Juan City Hospital, the Cardiovascular Center and multiple private offices in the community.