Pediatric Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in our residency program. Our goal is to develop compassionate pediatricians with competency to practice general pediatrics or to move into further sub-specialty training and research.

Graduation 2017Our program offers four areas of strength: broad clinical exposure, conscientious faculty supervision, progressive levels of responsibility and special projects in critical thinking.

These strengths combine to make our Pediatric Residency Program a richly rewarding experience to anyone interested in the practice of medicine treating children and adolescents of all ages.

Message from the Program Directors

Welcome to the Pediatrics Residency Program site at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.  Please take some time to review and familiarize yourself with the application process, our curriculum, and resources our program has to offer. 

At UTMB Pediatrics, we value our residents’ training and wellbeing. Our program aims to prepare young physicians for excellent, culturally sensitive, comprehensive health care for children and adolescents, by teaching, modeling and promoting the principles and values which have established the practice of Pediatrics as a respected discipline.  Our program education team consists of our Pediatric Program Manager, Program Coordinator, Chief Resident, Associate Program Director, Program Director, and the Pediatric Chairman.  Each member of the team works closely together and communicates regularly with each other and with our residents.  Additionally, we have departmental education committees whose primary purpose is residency-specific education, evaluation and curriculum development.

We have a close-knit program with a family feel.  Residents are supported through resident-level resources such as a peer-elected Resident Council members and assistant chiefs. Residents are also supported by faculty who maintain high standards for residency education. They are approachable, invested in the success of our residents, and committed to supporting residents’ development of a firm foundation of pediatric knowledge and skills for independent learning that will follow them into practice.  Faculty serve as resident advisors and scholarly activity mentors in addition to their roles as supervisors and educators in clinical settings.

The educational environment begins with a constructed curriculum of experiences that progressively increases residents’ responsibility and autonomy over the training continuum. The majority of training occurs in Galveston with a wide variety clinical experiences from well newborn, child and adolescent care to complex subspecialty care.  Our state-of-the-art Level IV NICU is an excellent learning environment for caring for the smallest of our patients. With few fellows, our residents learn management skills and coordination of general and subspecialty care.  Residents are expected to teach in a variety of settings to multiple levels of learners and uphold the value of educational curiosity and scholarship by their involvement in scholarly activities and quality improvement.

We are looking for motivated individuals to join our program who hold themselves to high standards of integrity, service to others, clinical proficiency and multidisciplinary teamwork.  We value the ability demonstrate compassion towards patients and their families, fellow residents, and themselves. Self-reflection and the drive to improve individually and collectively for the wellbeing of all children are imperative for success.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Elizabeth Rodriguez-Lien, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Associate Program Director, Pediatrics

Amber Hairfield, DO
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Program Director, Pediatrics

Dr. Amber HairfieldAmber Hairfield, DO
Program Director
Chair, Grad. Med. Ed. Comm.
amhairfi@UTMB.EDU
Catalina CastrpCatalina Castro
Residency Program Manager
(409) 747-0534
ccastro@utmb.edu