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Our mission is to educate, inspire, and empower.

  • We educate our residents to become exceptional healthcare professionals serving a diverse pediatric population with humility, thoughtfulness, proficiency, and empathy.
  • We inspire our residents to live their truth, celebrate vulnerability, experience joy, create community, and advocate for self and others.
  • We empower our residents to become confident leaders, life-long learners, innovative researchers, and champions of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

About Our Program

Overview

The Pediatric Residency Program at Albert Einstein Medical Center-Philadelphia offers a unique experience by combining strong primary care training at a general medical center hospital, as well as inpatient and subspecialty care training at a free-standing children’s hospital (St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children).

Our residency program is a medium-sized program with the following components:

  • 30 total categorical pediatric residents (10 residents per year)
  • Highly skilled, congenial faculty consisting of both general pediatricians and subspecialists
  • Broad range of clinical settings including a general medical center, a free-standing children’s hospital, and numerous community outreach experiences
  • Academic affiliation with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, through which all faculty members have academic appointments
  • Rotating 3rd and 4th year medical students from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
  • Dedicated, experienced faculty members making a well-rounded pediatric training experience their top priority and are proud to continually place graduates in top fellowship programs and general pediatrics positions
  • Journals and Conferences (see below)
  • Janezcko M, Leister K, Paoletti A.  Immature RBC indices and jaundice in neonates with ABO isoimmunization. Poster presentation EMCP Research Week 05/2018, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Morris JM, Ajayi S, Aleem S, Pease ME, Mowes A, Anday EK, Bhandari V. Correlation of clinical signs of chorioamnionitis with histological chorioamnionitis. Poster presentation ESPR 3/2018, Philadelphia PA;  poster presentation PAS 5/2018, Toronto, Canada; and poster presentation at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Research day (June 2018), Philadelphia, PA.
  • Morris JM, Ajayi S, Aleem S, Pease ME, Mowes A, Anday EK, Bhandari V. Correlation of clinical and/or histological chorioamnionitis with Early Onset Neonatal Sepsis and other Outcomes in Neonates.  Poster presentation ESPR 3/2018, Philadelphia PA; poster presentation PAS 5/2018, Toronto, Canada; and poster presentation at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Research day (June 2018), Philadelphia, PA.
  • Ekambaram M, Irigoyen M, Paoletti A, Siddiqui I.  Screening for neonatal Hypoglycemia in breastfeeding newborns increases risk for supplementation.  Poster presentation ESPR 3/16/2018, Philadelphia PA; poster presentation EMCP Research Week 05/208, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Mottola N, Leib S, Loona S, Pressman M, Paoletti A.  Documentation of Psychosocial Screeners in the HER. Poster presentation ESPR 3/16/2018, Philadelphia PA, and poster presentation PAS 5/8/2018, Toronto, Canada; Poster presentationAPHA 11/1-14/2018, San Diego, CA; and poster presentation EMCP Research Week 05/208, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Guerguis S, Rouchou B, Valladares E, Mottola N, Paoletti A, Abuali M.   Comparison of Outpatient Antibiotic Prescribing Patterns between Pediatric Academic and community practices.  Platform presentation ESPR 3/17/2018, Philadelphia PA, poster presentation PAS 5/7/2018, Toronto, Canada, and poster presentation EMCP Research Week 05/2018, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kazmierczak M, Beardmore D, Bradley-Dodds K,  Mottola M, Suflas R.  Resident burnout, depression and wellbeing: a multi-specialty survey. Platform presentation ESPR 3/17/2018, Philadelphia PA, and poster presentation PAS 5/5/2018, Toronto, Canada.
  • Fatima S, Taylor M, Paoletti A, Thompson ED, Esteban-Cruciani N.  Head CT Scan in Children Undergoing Lumbar Puncture for Suspected Meningitis. Platform presentation ESPR 3/17/2018, Philadelphia PA, poster presentation PAS 5/8/2018, Toronto, Canada; poster presentation EMCP Research Week 05/2018, Philadelphia, PA; and poster presentation Pediatric Hospital Medicine 07/2018, Atlanta, GA.
  • Irigoyen M, Leib S, Paoletti A. Healthcare Utilization in CenteringParenting and Individual Well Baby Care in a Low income Community. Platform presentation ESPR 3/17/2018, Philadelphia PA; poster presentation PAS 5/7/2018, Toronto, Canada;poster presentation EMCP Research Week 05/2018, Philadelphia, PA; poster presentation CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference, 9/2018, Portland, Oregon; and poster presentation APHA 11/2018, San Diego, CA.
  • Tran N, Siddiqui S, Sosnovsky A, et al.   A Novel Surgical Procedure for Frenotomy using a New Slot Retractor.  Platform presentation ESPR 3/17/2018, Philadelphia PA, and poster presentation PAS 5/8/2018, Toronto, Canada. 
  • Siddiqui S, Sosnovsky A, Tran N, et al.  Successful Long-Term Breastfeeding with Early Frenotomy using a Novel Slot Retractor Design.  Platform presentation ESPR 3/17/2018, Philadelphia PA.
  • El Saie AL, Pease E, Taleb M, Aleem S, Salvador A, Cameron G.   Do antenatal steroids benefit all late preterm infants? Poster presentation ESPR 3/18/2018, Philadelphia PA, and poster presentation PAS 5/8/2018, Toronto, Canada; and poster presentation EMCP Research Week 05/2018, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Ekambaram M, Mikhno A, Kavalla R, Taylor M, Cameron G.  Predictors of Hypoglycemia in Infants of Mothers with Pre-Gestational Diabetes. Poster presentation ESPR 3/18/2018, Philadelphia PA; and poster presentation EMCP Research Week 05/2018, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Sharma S, Schutzman DL, Gold S, White C, Goldberg J, Hirsch D.  Association of delivery of posterior arm during shoulder dystocia with humeral fractures and brachial plexus injury. Poster presentation ESPR 3/18/2018, Philadelphia PA, and poster presentation PAS 5/8/2018, Toronto, Canada.
  • Taleb M, Cohen M, Schutzman DL, Goldberg J, Hirsch D.  Description of a single center cohort of humeral fractures at birth. Poster presentation ESPR 3/18/2018, Philadelphia PA.
  • Rouchou B, Leib S, Irigoyen M.  Pediatric Resident Preparedness for Caring for CSHCN. Poster presentation ESPR 3/18/2018, Philadelphia PA; poster presentation PAS 5/7/2018, Toronto, Canada; and poster presentation EMCP Research Week 05/2018, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Leib S, Loona S, Pressman M, Paoletti A, Irigoyen M.  Association of Food Insecurity with Psychosocial Determinants of Health.  Poster presentation ESPR 3/18/2018, Philadelphia PA, and poster presentation PAS 5/8/2018, Toronto, Canada; Poster presentation APHA 11/10-14/2018, San Diego, CA; and poster presentation EMCP Research Week 05/2018, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Leib S, Pressman M. Challenges to Transitioning Youth with SCHN from Pediatric to Adult Care: Survey of Pediatric Providers. Poster presentation ESPR 3/18/2018, Philadelphia PA; poster presentation PAS 5/8/2018, Toronto, Canada; and poster presentation EMCP Research Week 05/2018, Philadelphia, PA.
  • El Saie AL, Schutzman DL, Nicosia A, Zangaladze A, Pease E, Taleb M, Newton K.  Comparison of End Tidal Carbon Monoxide versus DAT in the management of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia. Platform presentation ESPR 3/18/2018, Philadelphia PA; poster presentation PAS 5/6/2018, Toronto, Canada; and poster presentation EMCP Research Week 05/2018, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Schutzman DL, Bhutani V, et al. Potential Clinical Application of Point-of-Care Bilirubin Binding Capacity in Care of Stable and unstable Neonates. Platform presentation ESPR 3/18/2018, Philadelphia PA; poster presentation PAS 5/6/2018, Toronto, Canada; and poster presentation EMCP Research Week 05/2018, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Saba F. Congenital malaria in a febrile infant born to an immigrant mother with no recent history of travel during pregnancy. Poster presentation Housestaff Wellness Day EMCP 2/21/2018 and Poster presentation ESPR 3/16/2018, Philadelphia PA.
  • Abuali M, ElSaie A, Baisch M. Identifying Barriers to School Enrollment in Recently Arrived Middle Eastern Refugee Children In North Philadelphia. CHOP Global Health Conference, Philadelphia PA, 10/6-7, 2017, poster presentation ESPR 3/17/2018, Philadelphia PA, and poster presentation PAS 5/7/2018, Toronto, Canada.
  • Ekambaram M, Irigoyen M, DeFreita J, Rajbhandari S, Geaney JL, Braitman LE.  Gestational weight gain among minority adolescents predicts term birth weight.  World Journal of Pediatrics. 2018 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12519-018-0143-9. PMID 29516393
  • DeLago CW, Dickens B, Phipps E, Paoletti A, Kazmierczak M, Irigoyen M.  Qualitative Evaluation of Individual and Group Well-Child Care. Academic Pediatrics  2018 Jan 18. pii: S1876-2859(18)30010-X. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2018.01.005. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29355778
  • Bhutani VK, Maisels MJ, Schutzman DL, Castillo Cuadrado ME, Aby JL, Bogen DL, Christensen RD, Watchko JF, Wong RJ, Stevenson DK. Identification of risk for neonatal haemolysis.  Acta Paediatr. 2018 Mar 13. doi: 10.1111/apa.14316. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29532503
  • Beardmore D. Case 3: Acute Hypotonia, Hypothermia, and Altered Mental Status in a 10-month-old Girl. Pediatr Rev. 2018 Jun;39(6):312. doi: 10.1542/pir.2017-0104. PMID:29858295
  • Pefkianaki M, Schneider A, Capasso JE, Wasserman BN, Bardakjian T, Levin AV. Ocular manifestations of PACS1 mutation.J AAPOS. 2018 Mar 14. pii: S1091-8531(17)30218-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2017.12.008. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29550517
  • Bardakjian T, Krall M2, Wu D, Lao R, Tang PL, Wan E, Kopinsky S, Schneider A, Kwok PY, Slavotinek A. A recurrent, non-penetrant sequence variant, p.Arg266Cys in Growth/Differentiation Factor 3 (GDF3) in a female with unilateral anophthalmia and skeletal anomalies.  Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2017 Jun 21;7:102-106. doi: 10.1016/j.ajoc.2017.06.006. eCollection 2017 Sep. PMID: 29260090
  • Schutzman DL, Gatien E, Ajayi S, Wong RJ. Heme Oxygenase-1 Genetic Variants and the Conundrum of Hyperbilirubinemia in African American Newborns. J Perinatol. 2018 Apr;38(4):345-350. doi: 10.1038/s41372-017-0039-x. Epub 2018 Jan 4. PMID: 29302043 2. Iasrk MA, Stein REK, Silver EJ, kahalid S, Fuloria M, Esteban-Cruciani N. Carnitine Deficiency in Prematurity: National Survey of Knowledge and Practices. J Neonatal Perinatal Medicine (in press 2017)
  • Dadlez NM, Esteban-Cruciani N, Kahn A et al. Risk Factors for Respiratory Decompensation among Healthy Infants with Bronchiolitis. Hosp Pediatr. 2017 Sept(9):530-535. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2017-0034. PMID: 28830913
  • Saba F, Mottola N. A 7-year-old boy with altered movements and mental status. Pediatr Rev. 2017 Oct;38(10):493. doi: 10.1542/pir.2017-0044. PMID: 28972055
  • Nazif J, Taragin B, Azzarone G, Rinke ML, Liewehr S, Choi J, Esteban-Cruciani N.  Clinical Factors Associated with Chest Imaging Findings in Hospitalized Infants with Bronchiolitis.  Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 Oct;56(11):1054-1059. doi: 10.1177/0009922817698802. Epub 2017 Mar 21. PMID: 28871880
  • Fatima Saba.  Observe, assess, intervene.  Pediatric News, published January 25, 2017.http://www.mdedge.com/pediatricnews/article/129993/mental-health/observe-assess-intervene
  • Goyal RK, Ibrahimova A, Escolar ML et al.  Forced Deflation PFT: A Novel Method to Evaluate Lung Function in Infants and Young Children. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 2017 Apr;64(4). doi: 10.1002/pbc.26356. PMID: 27873442


Why Choose Us

"When I interviewed here, I thought there was an innovative approach to addressing problems which clearly had support from the department and the overall institution. Examples would be the New Arrivals Clinic, Centering, regular screening for psychosocial determinants of health that were all developed with grant support from the hospital. I also really liked that we get to be real General Pediatricians by working in different settings (both Inpatient and Outpatient for me) and that we work with several General Peds faculty members who also have subspecialty expertise (Endocrinology, Hematology-Oncology, Infectious Disease, Child Abuse), which is pretty cool. The #1 draw [to Einstein] for me is the [reciprocal] learning/teaching environment. The program's size and structure encourages residents and faculty alike to develop close and collaborative relationships, which I think is the most important contributing factor to achieving all of the things we're trying to do: take good care of patients, train awesome pediatricians, and enjoy the practice & study of medicine. You can't buy that with any grant!"

– Kelly Bradley-Dodds, MD, Program Director (She/her)

Diversity Statement

The Pediatric Residency Program of Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia acknowledges that the medical field has an offensive history of systemically and unjustly excluding certain populations. Abjectly, these exclusions persist. As a consequence, patients, their families, the communities we serve, and healthcare professionals suffer profound negative effects on their health and well-being. To overcome these effects, not only must the healthcare field strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion, we must actually do the work to achieve change.

Therefore, we, the residents and program leadership of the residency program:

  • Will do the anti-racism work necessary to invoke systemic change;
  • Strive to ensure that our residents share a language, identity, faith, value system, or background with our patients, thereby enriching the patient-physician relationship;
  • Are committed to unique and diverse perspectives of our residents, influencing us to become more proficient professionals;
  • Have a duty to provide a healthy, just, and caring environment in which our residents can learn and our patients can seek care;
  • Are obligated to respond to any concerns related to any form of bias agains out residents and/or patients quickly and decisively;
  • Will foster an environment--together--of openness and accountability.
This is our pledge. 

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