Resident Testimonials

Christopher Berlioz, MD

Class of 2018

“Welcome to the Driscoll Family!” This phrase embodies the feeling I got when I first came to Driscoll Children’s Hospital as a third year medical student. I enjoyed my Pediatric Clerkship rotation here so much that I came back for two more elective rotations in my fourth year of medical school. I had the great pleasure of interviewing here at that time, and on Match Day, I was blessed to discover I matched at my number one Pediatric Residency Program. You may be wondering, what makes Driscoll so great?

Without a doubt, it’s the people: the people that we serve and the people that work along side us. When Clara Driscoll died, her will accrued a portion of her wealthy family estate to founding a children’s hospital in South Texas to aid the poor and indigent children of the area. It is from her wishes and in her honor that Driscoll Children’s Hospital was started. We do our best to fulfill Clara’s altruistic vision every day by serving a predominantly Hispanic, underserved patient population that spans from Laredo, TX and the Rio Grande Valley to Victoria, TX and everywhere in between. One of the many benefits of coming to Driscoll for residency is that if you do not know how to speak Spanish, you probably will know how to by the time you finish residency. Our patient’s present with a diverse range of pathologies; furthermore, many of them have extremely rare diseases that most other residents only read about in text books. We are a not-for-profit hospital, so we never turn anyone away who is in need of help. We treat each person that comes through the door as if they were one of our own family members in need. Simply put, it is the right thing to do and an integral part of the Driscoll Way.

I have the privilege and honor of working with some of the most brilliant and compassionate people in the world. I cherish the people in my residency class because they are a diverse group of individuals from many different walks of life who have helped me a great deal along the way. In a short period of time, we cultivated friendships that I hope will continue long after we finish residency. A cornerstone of any good residency program is the quantity and quality of the education you receive during training. Our Pediatric Specialists and Attending Physicians are some of the best teachers and mentors from all over the world. The best part is that they love teaching and actively look for ways for residents to participate in the decision making process. They have years of experience and consciously utilize the most up to date evidence based medicine guidelines in the management of their patients. Overall, this program provides us with a strong foundation in General Pediatrics as exemplified by our excellent Pediatric Board pass rate. Many residents build on that foundation by going into Fellowship after graduation. The wonderful people in the Medical Education Department support us and truly want us to get whatever it is that we want out of our short time here at Driscoll. I know that whatever I go into and wherever I go after residency, I will be well prepared to face whatever comes my way thanks to the training I received here at Driscoll.

It is my sincere wish that you will come and experience first hand why I and so many other people love Driscoll immensely. We will save a seat for you. God Bless.


Jessica Heibel, MD

Jessica Heibel, MD

Class of 2018

Hello and welcome to Driscoll! Growing up in South Texas, I was familiar with the Driscoll name from an early age. I had known many people whose lives were shaped by this hospital and its physicians. Applying here was an obvious decision, but even I was surprised by everything the program offered its residents.

At Driscoll, a multitude of opportunities are available. From an educational standpoint, our residency program has had an exemplary board pass rate that we are very proud of. This is an attestation to the strength of our didactics, which include morning report, noon conference, Nelson’s club, and online modules. Our attendings are also enthusiastic teachers, which is apparent if you ever drop in on patient rounds. The range of pathologies is also a great springboard for learning, with plenty of “bread and butter” pediatric cases to many diagnoses that our residents have written up as case reports. For those interested in fellowship training, we boast a strong fellowship placement rate in a variety of fields. If you’re interested in a particular area, you only have to ask, and you will be guided to finding a mentor and to gear your residency track to achieving your goals. For those interested in advocacy or leadership, many of our residents have spear headed projects locally in Corpus Christi and even in the state legislature. We have past and former residents who held positions on the resident branch of Texas Pediatric Society. Oh, by the way, our program director also happens to be president of the TPS for 2015-2016 year.

On my interview trail, I became increasingly anxious that I would have to ultimately decide between my education versus the other priorities in my life. Here at Driscoll, I get the best of both worlds. Corpus Christi offers beaches, sunshine, mild winters, and a very affordable cost of living. Our location in Texas is ideal for weekend getaways to a variety of settings, whether you want to drive or fly. Many of our residents choose our program because of our attitude towards family. We believe family is important, including the one you are joining when you become part of Driscoll. This sense of family is what won me over on my interview day, and what really set our program apart from others that I had the privilege of visiting. As with other residencies, the days can be never-ending and the work is demanding, but I am better able to balance these difficult times because of my colleagues and the rest of the team I work alongside everyday.

Good luck on your Match journey, and we look forward to meeting you!


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Karla Lluberes, MD

Class of 2018

Hello everyone! I’ll try to condense my thoughts in a few words, because honestly I could spend pages writing about how wonderful my journey as a resident at Driscoll has been. First of all in terms of medical education, Driscoll offers exposure to a large variety of pathologies due to the broad ethnic population that we serve and due to the fact that we are a reference hospital. We have no fellows, so when we do our specialty rotations, we are close to what a fellow would be in terms of exposure and we work directly with the attending, which makes learning personalized. Driscoll takes didactics very seriously, so we have a lot of teaching which I love.

I remember that when I was applying to residency, I was looking for a place that offered a good education but also an adequate environment for learning. Everyday I get reassured with the fact that Driscoll was the best choice. Our program is a middle sized program and I’m sure that the relationships and friendships that I’m building today at Driscoll will be lifelong. If you’re looking for a family-oriented environment with a lot of exposure, you should consider Driscoll as the right program for you.


Ana Salazar, MD

Ana Salazar, MD

Class of 2018

Hey y’all! My name is Ana and I graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. I am happy to be at Driscoll Children’s Hospital and to tell you about it. I am from Brownsville, Texas and naturally, I wanted to find a good program within the state. During the interview trail DCH stood out to me for several reasons. The day I interviewed, everyone was very welcoming and I quickly felt very comfortable and at home which is something that was very important to me. I noticed the camaraderie between the residents, and the learning environment and curriculum which translates into phenomenal board pass rates. Even before my interview season ended I was pretty sure that Driscoll Children’s Hospital is where I wanted to be.

After one year of training I can still say that I am very happy to be here and can say that everyone in the program, including the Program Director, Associate Directors, attendings, and co-residents are invested in your education. We have 11 hours a week of didactics and the teaching continues during the day with attendings that help guide your learning. We also have a vast amount of interesting pathologies that I thought I would never encounter. I work with a great group of colleagues who support each other and also like to have fun outside of work. Corpus Christi in not a large city but it does have the beach and a good amount of things to do; I really like it here. If you miss the big city life then you have San Antonio, Houston, and Austin just a couple of hours away. The cost of living is also very affordable compared to other cities in the state.

I hope you consider our program and come visit us. Best of luck in your journey to choose the right program!


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Manuel Cano, MD

Class of 2018

I am Manuel Cano from El Salvador. Having the opportunity to train at Driscoll Children’s Hospital has been a true blessing for me. Being a foreign medical graduate, seeking U.S training is quite difficult sometimes. Matching at your number one choice is difficult as well. Driscoll Children’s hospital has proven to be the best decision I have made in my life (my first choice).

We have a 189 bed children’s hospital that we get to call home; yes, we work hard as in any other hospital, yes, there are times you will say “I feel I’ve been here for a year,” but being at Driscoll for one year (referring to intern year) feels great. You get 11 hours a week of didactics with daily Morning Report that includes a presentation, Noon Conference, Friday Nelson Club, Journal Club Tuesdays, surprise neurology interesting cases on some Thursdays, and I could go on and on. We have the best from all over the world; great residents, great attendings that know you by name and make you feel part of the treatment team by letting you participate in the decision making and taking the time to teach you a lot during rounds. We even have one attending that uses his own time to join you on rounds as a teaching attending. We have a great team of hospitalists that also round on their patients. We have a night team and it is a great experience to gather confidence and quick critical thinking. We have a great team of well trained nurses that have your back and are very helpful and understanding of your training status. We have great benefits as employees, such as 3 full weeks of vacation (4 in the senior year), golden weekends after working one night while on the floor rotations, plus some time off that you get here and there which is very good to get in touch or go visit family and friends. We have full-paid medical/dental insurance and a medical documentation bonus that you get quarterly if you have completed all your charts. It is worth mentioning what everybody here at Driscoll knows; we have a wide array of different and sometimes very rare pathologies that, outside of Driscoll, we only see in books. Another thing worth mentioning is the location. We are on the Texas Gulf Coast, which is great if you love water like I do. We have mild winters, hot summers, and a lot of humidity, but all in all, it is great, especially the winter time, with short driving distances to Houston, San Antonio, and South Padre Island (to enjoy those great sand bar beaches). Because we are in Corpus Christi, Texas, we have a low cost of living and low gas prices, which is great for your personal economics. Trust me, you save a lot living here.

If you are thinking of a fellowship in the future, the specialists here at Driscoll are very helpful and receptive with questions about the specialty that you can have interest in. You can take the same rotation two times or three times if you want, to make sure you fit in that specialty and feel committed to it.

In summary: great benefits, a lot of learning, great team, great work/life balance, low cost of living, and no fellows (this means lots of procedures for you and no rivalry for that one spot in the specialty program). I hope this helps you make your decision, we are always happy to see who will become part of our Driscoll Children’s Hospital family.


Sveta Sirash, MD

Class of 2017

Greetings to everyone. I am very proud to be a part of Driscoll Children’s Hospital, and I am pleased to welcome you and introduce to your attention one of the greatest Pediatric Residency Programs in the U.S. The high Board passing rate and the percentage of our residents matched in fellowships programs speak about the quality of education at Driscoll. Choosing a residency is an important step towards becoming a knowledgeable, experienced and caring physician. Driscoll residency program has a well-rounded curriculum, along with a great balance of teaching and hands-on experience, a diverse patient population with rare pathologies, and a family-like environment.

To begin with, medical knowledge is the fundamental basis in the shaping of a great clinician. Driscoll offers an excellent curriculum, including Morning Report with Teaching Cases and Visual Diagnoses, Teaching Rounds, Noon Conference, Nelson Club and Ground Rounds on Friday. In addition to theoretical knowledge, everyone has an opportunity to learn more about patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. “Seeing something once is better than hearing about it a hundred times.” For example, if the nationwide incidence for some rare diseases is 100 per year, you will see couple cases at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

In addition, I am excited to share with you the unique welcoming and supportive environment of our program. Your personality and your goals matter to everyone in our program, including the Program Director and Associate Directors, mentors, faculty, Chief Residents and your colleagues. Being a first year resident, I never felt inferior to upper level residents. I can proudly say that my seniors are my teachers, experienced colleagues and friends at the same time. Even though my extended family lives six thousand miles away, I feel like I have found a new family here at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

To conclude, choosing the right residency for you is an important part of your career. Driscoll Pediatric Residency Program offers an interesting curriculum, faculty members who are passionate about teaching, and a friendly environment. I wish you the best of luck in your quest to choose the right residency!


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Audrey Parmar, MD

Class of 2017

A big “Hello” to anyone reading this! I am thrilled to tell you about Driscoll Children’s Hospital, why I chose it, and why you should consider becoming a part of our Driscoll family. I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX. I know the importance DCH plays in our community, so I was extremely excited to join the program. Driscoll does so much not only for its patients, but also for the children of South Texas. When you come to DCH to interview, talk with local people and see for yourself.

When I started on my interview trail, I was happy to interview at DCH, but I knew I could not pick the program solely on the basis that it was home. I had to be very critical of my decision as the following three years would shape the doctor I would become and the decision could not be made lightly. The day I interviewed, everyone was so welcoming from security to cafeteria workers to the residents and attendings. I was impressed by the rich learning environment, the camaraderie among the residents, the patient diversity, and the vast amount of pathologies. On top of all of that, we have a wonderful board pass rate, 100%. The attendings are wonderful and will help guide you in the right direction. They love to teach, are easily approachable, and really do care about your well-being.

Another important aspect of the program is the residents. The people you will be working alongside during your residency are also a part of shaping the doctor you become. I have developed much admiration and respect for my fellow residents as I learn from them and grow with them. The learning that I have received from my colleagues is immense. I could not have chosen a better group of people to work among.

Being from Corpus Christi, I can tell you a few things about the city. It is a great place to live and not an overly large city, so traffic is not a bother. You have the ocean and the beach nearby. It is sunny practically two thirds or more of the year. You get beautiful breezes, fun festivals, and very friendly people. It is very affordable living with great seafood, BBQ, and Mexican restaurants. And as an added bonus, you are 2-4 hours away from big cities like San Antonio, Austin, and Houston for a weekend getaway.

I hope you come visit our program during interview season and see the wonderful things we have to offer. Best wishes!


Fernando Molina, MD

Fernando Molina, MD

Class 2017

In the middle of the process of finding the right place to train as a future pediatrician, the word “match” is repeated so many times that it might become trivial to some of us. In my case, I had the huge blessing to experience a true Match. I wanted to find a place where you get exposed to a huge variety of pathologies and where you have a perfect balance between work and free time; a place where you simply learn a lot.

At Driscoll, I absolutely love how all the attendings know you by your name (or even nickname). You are not just a number. What I enjoy the most is the friendly environment that encourages you to learn without stress. You have plenty of free time, even in your first year, to either spend time with your family, go to the beach, go surfing or if you are more passionate, work in a research project with the attendings, study about your patient’s pathologies, the Boards, Step 3, learn another language, you name it. Here at Driscoll, they will support you in any field you decide for your future. Most of the time, I feel that at Driscoll they see your future success as their own success. I can’t think of a better way to experience support than that fact.

As a foreign doctor, I also feel welcome here in Corpus Christi. They take southern hospitality seriously and I think it is contagious. I consider all of my colleagues here at Driscoll not only as co-workers, but also as my friends. They are a fine group of excellent future pediatricians from the U.S., but also from all over the world. We even plan to visit each other’s countries for vacations!

Every day you have a great amount of resources to learn from: Morning Report, Teaching Rounds, Noon Conference, Nelson Club on Fridays, teaching cases, and visual diagnosis. In addition, you can always approach the specialists and ask them directly. They are always open to teach. If I had to choose again, I would always choose Driscoll Children’s Hospital!


Jeffrey Salomon, MD

Jeff Salomon, MD

Class 2016

I wake up in the morning with a smile on my face. Why, you ask? Because I get to go to work at a place both welcoming and supportive of my goals as a physician. Driscoll Children’s Hospital has proven to be all I expected and hoped for in a residency program; promoting learning in a myriad of forms. The clinical exposure on the floor and autonomy we are given is amazing. If there are any questions, senior residents and attending physicians are always available. Driscoll also has a large amount of protected time for learning with daily morning and noon lectures, Nelson’s Book Club and Grand Rounds weekly and a monthly Journal Club. In addition, the morning lecture is student-led, promoting an environment of both learning and teaching.

There is an intimacy at this program I have truly enjoyed. Small enough where all the attending physicians know the residents by name, and large enough to cover virtually all specialties. The attending physicians are always willing to teach and spend extra time to promote further understanding of diseases and their management. Medicine is an art form, and having daily teaching rounds on the floor from a variety of attendings helps you form your own unique combination of best practices and personal plan of care. The unique location of Driscoll allows for a large diversity of diseases and syndromes many other programs do not have the luxury of experiencing. I have often heard the phrase, “If there are 100 people with a disease in the world, Driscoll will have two.” Due to this, many opportunities for research exist to further advance one’s education.

The residents have become like a family. Many other programs mentioned they get together for birthdays and baby showers, etc. These feel like obligated engagements. Our residents plan trips together, weekend adventures, concerts, beach activities, movies and dinners often. Corpus Christi is a big/small city with lots to do, but the people act like it is a small city. Crime is low and this coastal city has a ton of surprises to offer. We work hard and play hard. This is evident by our program having many years of 100% pass rates, which few other programs can boast such a statistic. I knew, despite the fun times I would have here, I would get more than ample time for education and studying, and this has been just as expected. In my short time here, I feel my knowledge base has grown by leaps and bounds!

All in all, Driscoll has been an excellent choice and I could not think of a better program to nurture my knowledge and skills to become a great pediatrician.


Erin Brennan, DOErin Brennan, DO

Class 2016

Hello all, (or y’all, now that I’m a Texan). I absolutely love what I do! I’m sure some of that is because Pediatrics is a “happy” specialty. However, I think most of it has to do with receiving my training at Driscoll.

First, I am lucky to work with such a great group of residents. We might come from all over the world and from all different backgrounds, but there are some things that my fellow residents all have in common. They are the type to celebrate your birthday, your upcoming wedding or your family’s new addition. They are also the type to make sure you have something fun and relaxing to do on your night off. They are the type who embrace your crazy idea to have a Residents’ Winter Olympics. Most importantly, they are the type to make sure you feel supported. Even on days where it seems the entire ER is being admitted, you know there is someone who has your back. And, in turn, I would do the same for any of my fellow residents.

Second, I enjoy being in a children’s hospital. The atmosphere at Driscoll is so friendly. It is nice being greeted by smiles everywhere you go in the hospital. That’s not to say that there are days I would love to hit the snooze button. But getting out of bed each morning is worth it. Having a patient call me “Bones” because I’m also Dr. Brennan or getting a high five from a patient who is finally healthy enough to go home reminds me why I’m in Pediatrics and why I chose Driscoll.

Third, I appreciate the opportunities at Driscoll. The program at Driscoll is always trying to look forward and to provide the best experience for the residents. It is nice knowing that I have a voice in the program and that my opinions are encouraged and appreciated. This open environment has given me the confidence to take an active role in our program’s advocacy efforts. When we chose to team up with Head Start’s 10K challenge, I finally took the initiative to put all of my reading and studying about healthy habits to use by creating a parent newsletter. It was even more exciting seeing the participants receive the first newsletter and respond with enthusiasm.

I hope you find a place that makes you feel happy, supported, welcome and accomplished. I am grateful that I have because it makes this learning process so much richer. Best wishes!


Hari Gourabathini, MDHari Gourabathini, MD

Class 2015

Hi,
I am an international medical graduate from India. I am pursuing my dream to be a pediatrician at a great pediatric residency program, Driscoll Children’s Hospital. In my view, I see this institution in following terms: academics, community outreach, family and hard work.

Academics:
The program’s academics are interesting and exciting. This program draws its strong academics from well-balanced didactics integrated into your daily routine at the hospital. The diverse pathology at this hospital gives you great knowledge and skills, yet you have time to think and manage your patients. The faculty are friendly and academically driven and help you in every step of your way. Throughout this remarkable journey, I have been showered with opportunities, skills and knowledge to shine in my Pediatric career, and also in the subspecialties I intend to master for future.

Community Outreach:
Ever since medical school, I always wanted to give back to the community. When I think of Driscoll Children’s Hospital, I look at it as a trustworthy and consistent care provider for the children of South Texas. This hospital has an impressive and successful record of 60 years of pediatric care catered to all sections of communities in South Texas. This program has been always been involved in community outreach. As a resident, it has given me the experience and training to mold me into a great primary care physician for the community. Driscoll has increased my awareness to community health concerns, such as obesity, and has helped me to sharpen my skills. It offers me an opportunity to give back to the community.

Family:
Every resident is part of the big Driscoll family. This is a close-knit family with great qualities, like cooperation, strong work ethic, honesty, perseverance and integrity. These practices and cultures have been assimilated into the residents’ lives from the program director himself. With all my colleagues, I cherish the joyful experience of working, learning and being part of a diversified family, and you will too. The program director is easily approachable at anytime and helps you with any situations you think you need help with.

Hard Work:
This is a wonderful community program that has earned a high level of respect through hard work. Over the past 60 years, achieving this respect was only possible through the Driscoll Children’s Hospital commitment to excellence. I feel that Driscoll Children’s Hospital and its residency program helps you to incorporate their great strengths and ethics into your personal life and practice.

In short, Driscoll is an institution, a family of residents and a pediatric community that is continually there for you and your future. “It can’t get any better than this.”


Eric Purifoy, MDEric Purifoy, MD

Class 2015

Matching with Driscoll Children’s Hospital has proven to be one of biggest blessings of my life. It not only has given me an opportunity to pursue a dream, but it also feels as if I have joined a family. The residents are treated with respect and our hard work is appreciated by the staff. Driscoll has faculty in almost every conceivable specialty, and they all take time to teach and will support you in your fellowship journey, if that is a personal goal. Attendings know each resident by name and are receptive to suggestions and questions.

Corpus Christi has a surprising amount of fun activities and attractions. For dining, one can choose from different cuisines, including tasty seafood and Mexican food. Those who like to socialize or enjoy some live music have enough nightlife options. With a location directly on the water, there’s a “salt life” attitude personified by sailboats, famous fishing locales, as well as surf spots and serene beaches.

A residency should provide a quality learning environment combined with exposure to a variety of pathology, along with a sufficient amount of general pediatrics, and Driscoll provides both. Driscoll, in conjunction with Texas A&M University, acts as an unopposed facility that serves more than 2 milllion South Texans with high quality healthcare. It has been an honor to have been chosen to be a part of this exemplary institution.


Fiona Tagari MDFiona Tagari, MD

Class 2015

In real estate it’s all about “location, location, location,” and in a residency program, it’s all about “learning, learning, learning.” At Driscoll, you get both. Driscoll Children’s Hospital is located in Corpus Christi, Texas, which has been described as a hidden treasure of the Gulf Coast. It’s a big enough city where you can enjoy all the amenities of a city, without the hassles of a large city. The commute is easy, crime is not a problem and most importantly, people are friendly and helpful. I know this because I have lived in Corpus for many years. As a resident at Driscoll, you are part of a family. A family who is extremely welcoming, supportive and encouraging. A family who will provide all the help and resources you need on your way to becoming a great pediatrician. You work with and are taught directly by both general pediatricians and specialist attendings (no fellows in between). It’s a place “where everybody knows your name.” In Corpus and at Driscoll, you will find a home away from home, or even better yet, it will become your new permanent home.


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Class 2014

Driscoll is the type of place where people enjoy coming to work. They show up with a smile on their face and a bounce in their step. I get at least five cheery “good morning” wishes everyday. It is a lovely way to start my day. For this reason, the people I work with are the #1 reason I came to Driscoll.

I also like that it is a relatively small program. The good thing about that is attending physicians know us by name, the residents become a close-knit group and nobody becomes another face in the crowd. We start out doing procedures as interns. I did things as an intern that I know other programs only let fellows do. This does not mean, however, that it is too small. The program is big enough to never feel alone or abandoned. If I have a question or need help, there is always someone to talk to. There are also enough residents to have some flexibility. Residents frequently help each other with schedule conflicts or the hospital workload.

I believe our lecture series is superior to that of other programs. We have a resident-led morning lecture which features topics that are interesting and pertinent to patients that have recently been seen at Driscoll. During lunch, residents are able to breathe a sigh of relief as we are off the hook for presenting and instead taught about the newest and greatest topics in the respective fields of our amazing specialists. That is 10 hours of lecture a week, 40 hours per month or more than 500 hours per year. It adds up surprisingly fast.

In short, I think Driscoll is a great place to work. It is a place with a cheery and laid-back atmosphere, wonderful residents and great academic achievement.


Jennifer Potonia, DOJennifer Potonia, DO

Class 2015

Coming from Pittsburgh, I had tons of other nearby choices in a pediatrics residency, but after carefully weighing different programs and considering what I truly wanted out of my residency, Driscoll was at the top of my list. The teaching and learning opportunities at Driscoll are top-notch. Not only are residents given several different resources for self-guided learning, we also attend Morning Report, Nelson’s Club, and Journal Club, among other conferences, for group-learning with active discussions between residents and attendings. Driscoll has several incredibly knowledgeable attendings that are very hands-on with a natural love of teaching.

Another aspect of Driscoll that drew me to this program was the size of the program and the quality of people that Driscoll attracts. We are large enough, yet small enough. Not only do the residents work well together, we also find time to relax away from the hospital as well. Bonfires on the beach, game nights and pot luck dinners are all regular occurrences. I cannot stress enough how well all of the residents get along and the mutual respect we have here for each other.

Choosing a residency is a big decision and I chose what meant most to me: a high-quality education complemented by a team of encouraging and respectful attendings and residents. I hope you choose the same!


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Eric Baggerman, MD

Class 2014

Driscoll has proven to be the amazing opportunity I had sought in order to develop as a pediatrician. When looking for a residency program I prioritized teaching, volume and variety. For teaching, I have appreciated the focus that the program places on ensuring a system that affords residents with an education second to none. The well-focused curriculum is a good balance of patient experiences, teaching rounds, organized lectures and focused reading. Importantly, the attending physicians and specialists offer up-to-date information through personal relationships. For patient experiences, the patient volume and variety offers me more than ample opportunity to work with numerous cases presenting with both the common and uncommon conditions. With this I have no doubt in my ability to complete the program fully capable in general pediatrics and prepared for fellowship should I choose.

In addition to these items that I looked for in my personal selection of a residency program, Driscoll has other attractive attributes. One special characteristic is the involvement of community pediatricians in hospitalized patient care. Such a system has allowed me to pull strengths from a large number of pediatricians in relationships where I am treated with a great deal of respect. It has been wonderful to be in my position at Driscoll where with ample support and guidance residents are a key element in delivering great care to children.

Another attribute that I cannot leave unmentioned is the warm family atmosphere I enjoy working within. I benefit from being surrounded by talented, hard working and supportive residents that I share my education and work with. They are selected from the best around the world for their character as well as their abilities. I cannot imagine a better opportunity anywhere.


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Sanjeet Panda, MD

Class 2014

Hello Friends! Warm Greetings from the residents at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. It has been a great journey for me till now; warm and thankful patients, always ready to help staff, ever approachable attendings and then, not to forget the icing on the cake, Dr. Dirksen, our program director. Although an IMG, I never felt aloof or away from home. We call it the Driscoll Family and you can feel it as soon as you visit our program, making it distinct from others. No scutwork, a lot of teaching and adequate exposure to varied pathology due to the location of the program is what you will be getting here. A lot of flexibility in rotations and continuous support from our dedicated consultants helps you steer ahead in regards to research work and needs for your required fellowship, which is well proved by the percentage of our residents matching their first preference for fellowships. I have no doubts about my choice. I hope you find the right place for yourself. All the best!


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Shaye Tegeler, DO

Class 2013

Driscoll is a great place to work. Not only do you get to meet and learn from outstanding attendings from all over the world, but many of your fellow residents are a melting pot of various cultures and backgrounds as well. It is an amazing place to not only learn medicine, but also to learn about the world as a whole, all right here in local Corpus Christi. Another wonderful aspect of Driscoll is the Driscoll Foundation, which has been serving the children of South Texas since the hospital began. Not many hospitals have such a strong background supporting them daily like Driscoll does. Both the hospital and the community work hand in hand every day, week, month and year to make sure every child gets what they deserve: the best healthcare around from the most caring people you can find.


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Santiago Encalada, MD

Class 2013

In one word my personal experience in Driscoll has been “amazing”. It has the perfect blend of hands-on clinical experience and didactics. The program offers enough flexibility for me to choose subspecialty rotations based on my interest. What I value most in the program is the relationship that residents have with each other. We treat each other like family.


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Devasena Iyer, MD

Class 2012

Things I like about being in Driscoll — The attendings who are very approachable and who know all of the residents by first name, and the nurses who help us at every turn, teaching us on the job and sometimes with tough love. It is the respiratory therapists who help us watch our patients when the floors routinely explode with RSV patients each winter, and the pharmacists who will help with adjusting a drug dosage in the middle of the night and end the conversation with, “have a great call”. It is the 41 other residents with whom we all take the three year long test of fire together. We’ve seen each other at our highest and our lowest. We’ve seen each other grow and we’ve got each other’s backs. So what makes Driscoll stand above many other pediatrics programs in the country? It’s definitely the people.


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Sonia Mathew, MD

Class 2012

A visiting resident once asked me, “Why is everybody smiling here?” That was exactly what struck me when I visited Driscoll for the first time. The security guards, the cafeteria personnel, housekeeping staff, nurses and doctors, all have a smile or an encouraging word for you. There is an always a helping hand when in need. If you are gone a few days, you are missed. They welcome you like a long lost friend upon return. Strangers strike up conversations in the elevator or the hallways. You make a new friend everyday. Perhaps it’s the leadership, the spirit of Clara Driscoll or just the joy of being around children. It’s a happy place and we are reminded of it everyday.
You will see it and experience it too.


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Sheshashree Seshadri, MD

Class 2013

You start your day with warm greetings of, “Hola que paso?” People at Driscoll and Corpus are as warm as the weather. Formal morning report with teaching case serves as cappuccino for the brain and teaching rounds add more caffeine. A myriad of pathology, not just therapeutic but evidence based, and preventive medicine with a balance of clinic based and inpatient setting prepares you to face the world after residency. Add a beach for the kids, swimming for all and surfing for the dangerous and you have it all.