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Department of Pediatrics

Program Leadership Message

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Our Team

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With more than 1,200 full-time faculty members and over 350 trainees, Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics is nationally recognized for excellence in teaching and clinical service. We are proud to have the nation’s best trained faculty members as part of the team because of their ongoing efforts to advance medical knowledge to continuously improve the health of children in Houston and worldwide.

Our pediatrics faculty members achievements are reflected in their authorship of major texts in the discipline, election to leadership positions in pediatrics, and receipt of national and international recognition.

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Message from the Program Director

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Elaine Fielder, M.D.
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Welcome to the pediatric residency training program at Baylor College of Medicine! Your time in residency will be a process of self-discovery, packed with new and exciting experiences that will nourish your personal and professional growth. Our goal is to provide you with world-class training in pediatrics and expose you to a variety of new and challenging clinical situations that will allow you to hone the skills needed for the next phase in your career.

Much of our program’s long history of success has resulted from fostering a collaborative learning environment that encourages knowledge sharing, innovation, and continuous quality improvement. Our house staff office and faculty educators are dedicated to helping residents become competent, compassionate, and resourceful pediatric providers, researchers, and academic leaders. With unparalleled support from our chairman and a department that is dedicated to resident education, we have continued to grow, innovate, and succeed in our educational mission.

Our curriculum provides residents with a strong foundation in patient-centered care, evidence-based decision-making, quality and safety, and medical education. Whether your plans include completing a highly competitive fellowship, entering clinical practice, or caring for the sickest children in resource-limited settings around the globe.  

Here are just a few highlights:

Clinical exposure: Texas Children’s Hospital, located in the Texas Medical Center, is the largest pediatric hospital in the nation, and provides care in more than 40 pediatric specialties. Virtually all types of medical problems, from the common cold to rare genetic syndromes, will be encountered during your training.

Combined training programs: Residents may individualize their curriculum based on their anticipated post-residency career. Specialty tracks include Global Health, Neurology, Genetics, PSP, and Primary Care LEAD.

Resident education: Multiple educational sessions are held each week for our residents, including: Intern Pedi 101 curriculum; daily morning report, an interactive case review to stimulate critical thinking and approaching diagnostic dilemmas; daily board-prep style noon conferences; simulation experiences focused on recognizing and stabilizing critically ill patients; intern procedural skills curriculum.

The education of our residents is at the forefront of our program and through the pandemic we have found innovative and creative ways to ensure that our residents continue to receive the necessary training in a safe and responsible way. This has led to the development of a virtual educational database with a multitude of resources on various pediatric topics, the implementation of virtual rounding techniques on select services, and the conversion to largely virtual educational sessions.

Residents as teachers: Residents have an essential role in supervising and teaching Baylor medical students rotating on clinical rotations. The Safety and Teaching as Resident Supervisors (STaRS) curriculum was specifically designed to prepare residents to become autonomous medical educators.

The cultural diversity of our program mirrors that of our great city of Houston, and we seek to attract the best possible candidates from throughout the nation and world. If you are interested in training for a career in Pediatrics in one of the most rapidly-growing, diverse cities in the nation (and having fun while doing it), I encourage you to explore what our program has to offer!

We welcome your visit to Houston and look forward to your questions and feedback.

Elaine Fielder, M.D.
Director of House Staff Education
Pediatric Program Director
Department of Pediatrics / Section of Emergency Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Children’s Hospital

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Message from the Chair

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Gordon Schutze, M.D.
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It is with a great amount of pride that I invite you to evaluate our Pediatric training program.  Our Department of Pediatrics is large, diverse, bright and talented and we work at incredible facilities. In addition, our patient population is the most diverse in the United States.  All of this makes for a wonderful learning experience.

If you are interested in primary care, sub-specialty training or you just don’t know yet, this is a wonderful place to be. We believe that whichever path your career takes you will require a good sturdy knowledge base in general Pediatrics with which to build on for the rest of your professional career.  While you are building your general pediatrics base you are also exposed to a group of elite pediatric sub-specialists that are responsible for advancing their respective specialties.

Houston is the energy capital of Texas and therefore draws its population from all over the State, the Country and the World.  Houston has almost everything anyone could want. The arts, both college and professional sports, beaches, lakes and wonderful places to eat!

So come on down and check us out because you won’t be disappointed.  But just a word of warning, Houston gets in your blood, so your three years here may turn into a lifetime!

Gordon E. Schutze, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Interim Chair
Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Executive Vice President
Baylor International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Children’s Hospital

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Associate Program Directors

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Teri Turner, M.D., M.P.H., MEd

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Vice Chair of Education, Martin I. Lorin, M.D. , Endowed Chair in Medical Education, Associate Program Director, and Professor of Pediatrics

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Alisa Acosta, M.D., M.P.H.

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Associate Program Director and Associate Professor

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Lanessa Bass, M.D., MEd

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Associate Program Director and Associate Professor

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Brian Rissmiller, M.D.

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Associate Program Director and Assistant Professor

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Andria Tatem, M.D.

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Assistant Program Director in Training

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Linessa Zuniga, M.D., MEd

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Associate Program Director and Assistant Professor

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Mark Ward, M.D.

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Program Director Emeritus