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Pediatric Residency Children’s Hospital MetroHealth Medical Center Abdulla Gori, MD, FAAP, MRCP (UK) Program Director, Pediatrics Greetings from my colleagues at MHMC MetroHealth Med Ctr Pediatrics Department Residency Aspects MetroHealth Medical Center 731-bed teaching hospital

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pediatric residency children s hospital metrohealth medical center

Pediatric ResidencyChildren’s Hospital MetroHealth Medical Center

Abdulla Gori, MD, FAAP, MRCP (UK)

Program Director, Pediatrics

greetings from my colleagues at mhmc
Greetings from my colleagues at MHMC
  • MetroHealth Med Ctr
  • Pediatrics Department
  • Residency Aspects
metrohealth medical center
MetroHealth Medical Center
  • 731-bed teaching hospital
  • Comprehensive outpatient surgery center
  • Two long-term care/skilled nursing centers
  • 10 community health sites
metrohealth medical center4
MetroHealth Medical Center
  • 9,140 ambulatory surgeries
  • ~80,000 ED visits
  • Metro Life Flight logged 3,269 transports
  • Nearly 6000 staff
  • 399 physicians; 1,050 registered nurses
  • 350 physicians in training
pediatrics department
Pediatrics Department


  • Established in 1922, joint department with University Hospital
  • Autonomous department in 1950
  • Autonomous Pediatric Residency training since 1986
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Pediatrics Department

Patient Volume and Beds

  • Total hospital beds - 731
  • Active beds - 585
  • Total Pediatric beds - 147(25%)
    • In-patient unit - 44
    • Level III NICU - 45
    • Term Nursery and step down - 48
    • Level I PICU - 10
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Pediatrics Department
  • The numbers
  • 3500-4000 deliveries per year
  • >3500 in-patient admissions per year
  • 835 PICU admissions per year
  • 700 NICU admissions per year
  • 57,000 Pediatric out-patient visits per year
pediatrics department sub specialties available on site

Pediatric Critical care

Adolescent Pediatrics

Comprehensive care

Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatric Pulmonology

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Pediatric Hematology

Pediatric Nephrology

Pediatric Neurology

Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Pediatric Endocrinology

Pediatric Psychiatry


Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

Pediatric Rheumatology

Pediatric Radiology

Pediatric Dermatology

Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric Urology

Pediatric Orthopedics

Pediatric ENT

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Anesthesia

Pediatrics DepartmentSub-specialties available on site
general pediatrics faculty in house
Abdulla Gori, M.D.

Christopher Rizzo, M.D.

David Bar-Shain, M.D.

David Roberts, M.D.

Garey Noritz, MD

Irene Dietz, M.D.

James Quilty, M.D. *

Kim Simpson, MD

Mark Feingold, M.D.

Marina Lazbin, M.D.

Nada Haddad, M.D.

Nebiat Tafari, M.D.

*half time

Philip Fragassi, M.D.

Robert Needlman, M.D.

Susan K. Santos, M.D.

Suzanne Scharfstein, M.D.

Susan Post, MD

Susan Carlin, M.D.

Tara Williams, M.D.

Vipul Garg, M.D

General PediatricsFaculty In-house
nurse practitioners
Nurse Practitioners
  • Barbara Lightner, NP Endocrinology/ General Pediatrics
  • Debbie Fattlar, NP Research
  • Judy Whitwell, NP Research
  • Lynda Nossaman, NP Neurology
  • Mary Ford, NP Neurology
  • Melissa Fletcher, NP Adolescent Medicine
  • Nancy Diffenbacher, NP General Pediatrics/ CAMAC
  • Roberta Anderson, NP Lead Clinic/ Hematology
  • Shannon Sikorski, NP General Pediatrics/ Hematology
  • Patricia Liechti, NP Gastroenterology

PLUS NPs in nursery and NICU

“We are proud of the strength of our University Affiliated Teaching Faculty of General Pediatricians in-house, with diverse interests”

complementing the group of sub-specialists

other units related to pediatrics
Other Units Related to Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Level I trauma center
    • only one in NE OH
  • State of the art Emergency Department
    • 55,000 square feet facility
  • Regional Burn Center
  • Perinatal Research Center
  • Center for Behavioral Health for Children and Adolescents
other units related to pediatrics13
Other Units Related to Pediatrics
  • Division of Adolescent Health Care
    • Fellow
    • Social worker, Teen counselor, Nutritionist
  • Alpha team (Non Accidental Injuries)
  • NEW clinic for obesity
  • Metro Life Flight Program - 2nd largest in the country
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Other Units Related to Pediatrics
  • Muscular Dystrophy Clinic for Northern Ohio
  • Lead poisoning clinic
  • Child Life Division with nine specialists
  • Healthy Hispanic Teens program
  • Community Advocacy Program
    • only such program in Ohio
    • brings on-site legal services to the patients
research funding
Research Funding

$7,000,000 funded research

We are a Children’s Hospital

“Children’s Hospital at MetroHealth Medical Center”

number of residents
Number of residents
  • Medium sized program
  • Eight Pediatric Residents per year of training (total 24)
  • Six Med Peds Residents per year of training (half in Peds at any given time)
  • Total 36 residents at any given time
teaching activities
Teaching Activities

Typical week

  • Ambulatory pediatrics lecture 8.00 to 8.30 am, Monday to Thursday
  • Morning report, 8.30 to 9.00 am Mon to Thu
  • Grand rounds 8.00 to 9.00 am on Fridays
  • Noon conf 12.00 to 1.00 PM Mon to Fri
  • Other topic discussions in every division
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Teaching Activities
  • Distribution and content of topics is based on ABP recommendations
  • Time distribution is proportionate to the percentage representation in boards
  • Journal clubs
  • Monthly board review series
  • Annual free board review course - > 25 hours long
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Teaching Activities
  • Evidence Based Medicine series
    • Residents are educated on EBM with tools to critic literature
    • Residents present their EBM task
  • Quality Improvement Projects
    • Personal Continuous Quality Improvement
    • System Improvement
team clinic
Team Clinic
  • Same day every week
  • Same preceptor every week - “single preceptor concept”
  • Located at main campus
  • Wide diversity in medical and social issues
  • Residents own their patients
comprehensive care division
Comprehensive Care Division
  • Unique division
  • Cares for children with multiple health needs
  • Complex patients, syndromes etc
  • Meeting their needs at home including home ventilator management
  • Imparts confidence in handling these problems in the community
other attractions
Other Attractions
  • Low number of fellows
  • Residents interact directly with attendings
  • Opportunity for procedures
  • Confidence in handling NICU/PICU issues in the community
  • Post call free taxi ride
  • No night float system
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Other Attractions
  • Golden weekend
  • At least one day off weekly on an average
  • Teaching is a priority over service
  • Resident autonomy, but never alone
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Federal holidays – total 12 holidays an year
  • Electronic medical records
  • Moonlighting
  • No night float
It is a residency aimed at preparing strong

pediatricians, ready for the community or

for sub-specialty training

scholastic achievements
Scholastic Achievements
  • Research projects
    • Eight every year
  • 15 national/international presentations
  • Publications
  • National recognition
    • 3 out of 10 presentations selected nationally for 2005 AMA and AAP conferences were from Metro Peds
fun activities
Fun Activities

We believe in ensuring a quality life outside the hospital too

  • Annual Retreat in Spring
  • Graduation Ceremony in Summer
  • Fall feast
  • Super Bowl Party in winter
mhmc peds

Patient diversity



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