A Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the UNLV Pediatrics Residency Program. This program started in the 1990s and continues to successfully graduate pediatricians into the workforce, totaling over 350 pediatricians. Many of our graduates have stayed in the Las Vegas area to practice general pediatrics while others have gone one to become subspecialist physicians. Regardless of your career choice, training at our institution makes you well prepared for your future. Although I believe this, many of our residents have personally come back and said the same.

The pediatrics program brings together the best of both academics and community practice. Based at two large children’s hospitals – The Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC and Sunrise Children’s Hospital – our residents treat a diverse population of children with a wide variety of medical problems. Further, community subspecialists complement the academic subspecialists in providing expanded educational experiences. Our program is like none other, allowing you to get a taste of the different settings in medicine.

Our program places a strong emphasis on academics and scholarly activity, with a requirement for a scholarly project prior to graduation. Residents have been able to present their work at many local, regional and national meetings sharing what they have successfully accomplished. Our robust mentorship program has been impactful in making scholarly activity a priority.

Our residents are an extremely close-knit group. We have built a system that feeds off a family dynamic that you will not find at every institution. It sets us apart from the others. Las Vegas is more than “the strip” and provides a terrific venue for outdoor activities and family life. Whether you come into residency with an entire family unit or alone, there is a space for you here at this program and in our city. With almost 300 days of sunshine each year, the climate is exceptional.

I look forward to personally meeting you and discussing your future at the UNLV Pediatrics Residency Program. Take time and peruse our website, but most importantly join us in Las Vegas on the interview trail.

Dr. Oriaku
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Oriaku A. Kas-Osoka, MD, MEd, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Section Head, Adolescent Medicine
Medical Director, Shannon West Homeless Youth Center
Pediatric Residency Program Director

A Welcome from the Department Chair

Dear Applicant,

On behalf of the Department of Pediatrics, I extend to you a warm welcome from the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Pediatric Residency program. Our highest mission is preparing our residents to excel in the practice of general pediatrics and subspecialty medicine. We seek to empower you by providing the knowledge, and technical skills to make clear medical decisions. We will provide you with leadership skills, be advocates for children and provide excellent quality medical care for our children in Las Vegas. You will be teachers of tomorrow for both your patients, parents and fellow Pediatricians. You will take the initiative to produce innovative ideas in programs and research. Our program is diverse and inclusive. This diversity touches every aspect of our curriculum, residency, faculty and patient population. We will provide you with unique experience which will prepare you for the career path you seek.

You will have the opportunity to work in two excellent teaching institutions, Sunrise Children’s hospital and UMC Children’s hospital of Nevada. You will see patients in our school of medicine Pediatric Center of Excellence and work with our academic and community general pediatricians as well as our Pediatric Subspecialists. They will be your mentors who are distinguished leaders in their fields. It is vitally important to us that you excel and fully develop a relationship with the faculty which will provide clinical experience, teaching and research.

Las Vegas is one of the world most exciting cities. It is dynamic and futuristic where there is something new and exciting to do every day. Those who love to run, hike or do any outdoor activities can do so in Red Rock canyon. We are the second sunniest city of America. If you like winter sports you can do so at Mount Charleston a quick 40 minute drive from downtown. Our city offers professional sports (our beloved Knights and coming soon Raiders), great golf, and boating in Lake Mead.

Our shopping and restaurants are second to none. For those who loves the arts, The Smith Center provides every form of artistic endeavor from concerts by our renowned philharmonic orchestra, dance, jazz and the best Broadway shows. It is an exciting time at UNLV and in our city of Las Vegas. We are extremely positive about what the future will bring to our university and our city. We hope to hear from you and join our family. You will be the guardians and advocates for our Children in Las Vegas.

All the best,

Evelyn Montalvo Stanton
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Evelyn Montalvo Stanton, MD
Chair of Pediatric Department

Program Overview

The UNLV Pediatrics Residency Program is a three year categorical training program based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the program has participated in the self-study process and has had a 10- year site visit. One of the clearly recognized strengths of the program is its receptiveness to resident and faculty feedback. This characteristic is a pillar on which the program is built.

The program has an innovative curriculum that is structured to provide its learners a comprehensive educational experience. Highlights of the curriculum include:

  • Didactics are in the academic half day model
  • Board review is incorporated into many didactics sessions and is done separately for the PL3 residents beginning in July/August of the academic year
  • Every two weeks simulation sessions with high fidelity simulators, standardized patients, and task trainers
  • Rotations in education, chronic disease, community, and advocacy
  • Individualized curriculum for second and third year residents
  • Wellness curriculum that complements that of the institution

The program is university-affiliated and has all of the advantages associated with being at a medical school. However, because the residents provide care to patients at a large safety-net hospital – The Children’s Hospital of Nevada at University Medical Center and at a community hospital – Sunrise Children’s Hospital, they have the opportunity to gain clinical experiences that are highly diverse.

Curriculum

The focus of the first year (PL-1) is to differentiate between well, ill-appearing, and critically ill children. Six months of the year are spent in the inpatient setting divided equally between the two children’s hospitals. Additional time (two months) is spent learning about newborns both in the well-baby unit and in the neonatal intensive care unit. The year is rounded out with a block each of adolescent medicine, outpatient clinic, emergency medicine, endocrinology, and another subspeciality of choice.

The second year (PL-2) lets the resident begin to take on leadership roles in the inpatient setting (four months) divided between the two children’s hospitals. Further, the resident is able to start exploring various areas of pediatrics that he/she believe will be helpful in his/her future with several months tailored to his/her individual needs. The resident spends block time in the outpatient setting, the intensive care unit, in the community, on developmental and behavioral pediatrics, and in the emergency department.

The final year (PL-3) encourages residents to take ownership of their year developing a curriculum that meets both their educational needs as well as their career goals. Opportunities for electives and completing their individualized curricula are the primary emphasis. However, residents also spend time as the inpatient senior for two blocks, one at each children's hospital, two blocks in the intensive care units – both general and neonatal and a block each in the emergency department and the clinic.

Throughout all three years of the curriculum, residents attend their continuity clinic at the UNLV Health Lied Pediatrics Center. Accompanying the continuity clinic experience is a well-organized curriculum that rotates and repeats over the course of the residents’ training. During years one and two all residents are required to see general pediatric patients at the UNLV Health Pediatrics Center. However, if residents are pursuing subspecialty training and they wish to have a continuity experience in their subspecialty, they are able to arrange an outpatient longitudinal clinic in that venue. Advanced planning is required.

All residents participate in a quality improvement (QI) curriculum and are required to complete a QI project either individually or in a team/group. In addition, all residents are required to complete a scholarly project. They have the opportunity to select from a menu of options that includes but is not limited to case reports, research or academic grand rounds. Publications and/or presentations at local, regional or national meetings satisfy the requirement. In the years since the projects have become required, there have been approximately 30 resident presentations/publications each year.

Block Schedule

PGY-1

  • UMC Wards Days – 2 blocks
  • Sunrise Wards Days – 2 blocks
  • UMC Nursery – 1 block
  • UMC NICU – 1 block
  • UMC Pediatric ED – 1 block
  • Ambulatory – 1 block
  • Outpatient Dept – 1 block
  • Adolescent – 1 block
  • Endocrinology – 1 block (RS)
  • Electives – 1 Block (ICS)

PGY-2

  • UMC Wards Days – 1 block
  • Sunrise Wards Days – 2 blocks
  • UMC PICU – 1 block
  • Sunrise Pediatric ED – 1 block
  • Ambulatory/Community – 1 block
  • Behavior & Dev – 1 block
  • Peds ID – 1 block (RS)
  • Peds Pulmonology – 1 block (RS)
  • Electives – 3 blocks (ICS/ICE)

PGY-3

  • UMC Wards Days – 1 block
  • Sunrise Wards Days – 1 block
  • UMC Pediatric ED – 1 block
  • UMC NICU – 1 block
  • Sunrise PICU – 1 block
  • Peds GI – 1 block (RS)
  • Child Advocacy Peds – 1 block
  • Electives – 5 blocks (ICS/ICE)

Program Leadership

Program Leadership

Oriaku A. Kas-Osoka, MD, MEd

Oriaku A. Kas-Osoka, MD, MEd
Phone: 702-944-2828

Rebecca Scherr, MD, MPH

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Phone: 702-671-2231

Dodds P. Simangan, DO, MPH, FAAP

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Phone: 702-944-2828

Evelyn Montalvo Stanton, MD, FAAP, FCCP

Associate Professor & Chair of Pediatrics
Evelyn Montalvo Stanton

Chief Residents

Resident Life

Advisor/Mentor Program

  • During the first 6-months of residency, the program director and associate program directors will provide advising and mentoring until the intern feels comfortable choosing their academic advisor. Numerous social activities will be scheduled throughout intern orientation and the year to allow new residents to meet faculty.
  • By January of intern year, residents will have the opportunity to choose an academic faculty advisor who will meet with the resident at least biannually, but typically quarterly throughout residency to provide any resources and support needed for success.
  • Core and community faculty are also always available as mentors to assist resident career decisions. They are eager to participate in resident career and personal development.

Wellness

  • The program’s wellness initiative is multipronged. It consists of a curriculum presented in didactics with various activities and speakers, a wellness committee focusing on social events, and planned class retreats.
  • The program works with the medical school’s Director of Wellness for yoga, meditation, breathing exercises and relaxation strategies.
  • Wellness activities over the past few years have included: holiday potluck lunches with white elephant gift exchanges, weekend long retreats for each class, and yoga and meditation during didactics.
  • Interns are also call-free on Friday nights for the first half of the academic year.  Intern classes in the past have used this opportunity to do group activities together.

Resident Families and Committees

  • Beginning in July 2018, the residents have worked together to form 13 families composed of a PL1, PL2 and PL3. They will serve as one of the core programs in the wellness initiative. The families serve to provide guidance to new interns and support amongst themselves.
  • Residents also have the opportunity to join House Staff Committees.  These committees include community outreach, organizing social events, quality improvement, recruitment, and many others.

Graduates

Fellowships Obtained by Our Residents in 2021

Gerard Holder, DO

Pediatric Pulmonology, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Joseph Stathos, DO

Pediatric Pulmonology, UC Irvine

Makayla Romboy, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Nicholas Regas, DO

Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Riley Children’s Hospital

Sadie Acquah-Asare, MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Fellowships Obtained by Our Residents in 2020

Daniel Grissom, MD

Emergency Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

Eun Ji Jang, MD

Infectious Disease at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Harris Khawaja, DO

Neonatology at The University of Chicago

Carlene Samuel, MD

Rheumatology at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

Stephen Smith, DO

Hematology-Oncology at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital-Oakland

Fellowships Obtained by our Residents in 2019

Vonita Chawla

Neonatal Critical Care Medicine, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Loma Linda, CA

Akeem George

Neonatal Critical Care Medicine, Loyola Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Zubin Mehta

Neonatal Critical Care Medicine, UCLA Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

Rupesh Kumar Natarajan

Pediatric Cardiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Grant Perry

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Loma Linda, CA

Rishika Sakaria

Neonatal Critical Care Medicine, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN

Danielle Rachel Fisher (Chief Resident)

Pediatric Hospitalist, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI

Alvaro Galvis (Chief Resident)

Pediatric Infectious Disease, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA

Fellowships Obtained by our Residents in 2018

Senthil Bhoopalan

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University of Tennessee, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Ambika Chidarambaum

Pediatric Pulmonology Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Kaushal Dosani

Pediatric Cardiology Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH

Emma Fisher

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Children’s Hospital of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Sehyr Imran

Pediatric Pulmonology Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO

Bhuvi Jagadesan

Neonatology Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis, TN

Gagandeep Singh
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Loma Linda School of Medicine

Other Recent Fellowships Obtained by Our Residents

Mallory Cohen
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Washington University, St Louis, MO
Petrina Kaluzhny

Developmental Pediatrics, University of California, Davis, CA

Uche Nwokidu-Aderibigbe

Pediatric Neonatal Critical Care, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Scott Pangonis

Pediatric Infectious Disease, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Shannon Riley

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of Tennessee, St Jude, Memphis, TN

Lynsey Zuar

Pediatric Gastroenterology, Cornell University, New York, NY

Manjiri Tule
Pediatric Critical Care, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Graduating Resident Practice Locations Since 2013

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Bellingham, WA
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Cheyenne, WY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Davis, CA
  • Great Falls, MT
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Loma Linda, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Memphis, TN
  • Miami, FL
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • New York, NY
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Omaha, NE
  • Orange, CA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Portland, OR
  • Prosser, WA
  • Redding, CA
  • Riverside, CA
  • Roy, UT
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Valdosta, GA
  • Yakima, WA

Why Come to Las Vegas for Residency?

Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and provides opportunities for different activities you might be interested in, both indoor and outdoor. If you love activities such as shopping, concerts, shows, hiking, bowling, sports, boating, or anything else it can all be found here in the city. Not only does it provide you with diverse opportunities, it allows you to work with a diverse population from a clinical standpoint. Our patients come from all over the world as tourists, immigrants, or refugees and speak multiple different languages. We pride ourselves in the multiple clinical opportunities, but also in the different cultures we serve. Las Vegas will give you a well-developed training environment while allowing you to blossom as a physician and an individual. Joining the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV is one of the main highlights of our program. Clinical and research opportunities will expand greatly providing us with the avenue to impact our community further.

Training Sites

Children's Hospital of Nevada/UMC

UMC is a county-owned acute care medical center with 545 beds, housing southern Nevada's only Level I Trauma Center and the state's only Burn Care Center. Pediatric services include a 29 bed General Pediatric Unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 26 Level III and 10 Level II beds, and a 14 bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The Pediatric Emergency Room and all inpatient pediatric facilities are located in a free standing building shared with the Trauma Intensive Care Unit, with the exception of the NICU and newborn nursery located in the main hospital with labor and delivery.

Children's Hospital of Nevada/UMC website

Sunrise Children's Hospital and Medical Center

Sunrise Children's Hospital is an investor-owned hospital with 688 beds. It houses a free-standing, state-of-the-art pediatric tower consisting of a 32 bed General Pediatric Unit, a 15-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, a 9-bed Hematology/Oncology ward. The Neonatal Intensive care has 44 Level III beds and 10 Level II beds.

Sunrise Children's Hospital and Medical Center website

UNLV Health Pediatrics Center

The UNLV Health Pediatrics Center is the university-operated pediatric clinic located adjacent to UMC Hospital. The current site holds both general pediatrics and sub-specialty clinics including pediatric gastroenterology, pulmonology, endocrinology, infectious disease and adolescent medicine. All residents have their continuity clinic at this site one-half day per week. This clinic primarily serves central Las Vegas and North Las Vegas Communities.

Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas

The Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (or CSCLV) is a 31,000 square foot facility that opened on the Shadow Lane Campus in August 2009 and is shared among the University of Nevada – Las Vegas Schools of Nursing and Medicine, as well as the Nevada State College School of Nursing. With the use of state-of-the-art technology and infant and adolescent high fidelity simulators, mock scenarios are run with the guidance of attending physicians as well as the chief residents. These activities are performed in a stress-free environment followed by constructive feedback sessions in order to prepare the residents for the real-life situation if it were to arise. The SIM Center is also used for procedural skills training and for standardized patient exercises.

Clinical Simulation Center for Las Vegas website

Grant a Gift Autism Foundation Ackerman Center

The Grant a Gift Autism Foundation Ackerman Center provides clients with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, and speech and behavioral therapists, for a comprehensive diagnosis, treatment plan, follow-up care and support services.

Grant a Gift Autism Foundation Ackerman Center website