Message from Our Program Director
Welcome to the beautiful Gulf Coast and Pensacola, Florida! The pediatric residency program at Sacred Heart Health System was founded in 1965 based on a deep commitment to serve all children, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. Our mission today remains grounded in our founding philosophy, while incorporating the requirements of training residents for practice in the 21st century. Our residents’ educational experiences emphasize the competencies and skills required for practice and extensive familiarity with the subspecialty fields of pediatrics. Upon successful completion of the training program, our residents will be fully prepared for the practice of general pediatrics or for fellowship training in a pediatric subspecialty discipline of their choosing.
The medical staff of The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart includes more than 120 board-certified physicians across 28 pediatric specialties. In addition to the pediatric residency program, The Children’s Hospital partners with University of Florida Health, Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pediatrix Medical Group, Sacred Heart Medical Group and community pediatric practices to provide a wide variety of pediatric subspecialties that can be found nowhere else in Northwest Florida. Our faculty members provide guidance and education to our residents and are very accessible. The small size of our program allows for individual attention and one-on-one instruction.
In fiscal year 2016 (July 2015 through June 2016), The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart cared for:
- 741 children in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
- 1,064 premature and critically ill infants in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- 5,597 children in our Medical/Surgical Units
- 33,579 children in our Pediatric Emergency Department, with 2,552 admitted (7.6 percent)
As a member of the house staff, you will find that the pediatric residency program provides a very competitive benefits package, including health, vision, dental, life and disability insurance. Residents also have paid vacations, a yearly CME allowance and a research stipend to offset the costs of travel for abstract presentations at national meetings.
If you share our vision and would like to apply for a resident position, please submit your application online through
the ERAS system. If you have any questions about our program, please contact me at (850) 416-7658.
Meisha Colletti, M.D., M.P.H.
Interim Pediatric Residency Program Director