Pediatric Residency

A Texas A&M College of Medicine
Residency Program

A Welcome Note from the Vice President of Medical Education

William Dirksen, MD
Vice President of
Medical Education
One of the strengths of our pediatric residency program is the outstanding quality of our faculty and our residents, who represent a diverse group of professionals from throughout the country and the world. We have a deep commitment to the health and well-being of children.

Driscoll Children's Hospital pediatric residency program provides the opportunity to experience all facets of pediatric medicine, from the most complex intensive care to that of general pediatrics. This experience is accomplished in a warm and inviting setting. We work hard to provide an environment where residents are respected, nurtured and supported. Maintaining a sense of family is paramount in our program and this starts at the top. There is an "open-door, no appointment needed" policy for any resident wishing to personally meet with me to discuss any issue or concern. I see my first priority as being an advocate for residents.

Our residency program provides a balanced education with emphasis on a strong foundation in general pediatrics. The primary focus of Driscoll Children's Hospital pediatric residency is to prepare our residents for a lifetime of quality involvement and self-study in the medical care of children, either in primary care or subspecialty medicine, through evidence-based medicine.

There are four major strengths to our residency program. Driscoll faculty have a deep love and commitment to teaching. We have an abundance of diverse and unusual pathology. Our curriculum is very robust, with 11 hours minimum of protected-time activities each week. Lastly, there is a very collegial environment between residents and faculty. We are proud of our 100% American Board of Pediatrics certification exam pass rate this past year and the 96% cumulative Board pass rate for the past three years, which is a testament to the quality of our residents and faculty.

Our three-year program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME as well as by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) with sixteen combined residents in each year of training.

Pediatric Residency Application Requirements

We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
  • Minimum USMLE score of 220 on Step I and Step II
  • November 1st deadline for submission through ERAS
  • Personal Statement and Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation, if U.S. graduate
  • Transcript from your medical school
  • Photo must be included with application
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

IMG's should have passed USMLE Step III by NRMP Match Day to qualify for an H-1 visa.

Contact Information

Driscoll Children's Hospital
3533 S. Alameda Street
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411

For further information, please call us at (361) 694-5465

Medical Education Contacts
Last NameFirst NamePhone
DirksenWilliam(361) 694-5464
AraujoKarla(361) 694-5463
KoonerGagan(361) 694-5463
MedinaDolores(361) 694-5463
LucasGrace(361) 694-5463
RosalesDedie(361) 694-4069
TurnerDarleen(361) 694-5465
VijjeswarapuDaniel(361) 694-5465
DulaneyMichael(361) 694-4069
ScottYvonne "Bunny"(361) 694-5444

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DCH Residents 2008-Present
  • Carla Garcia
    UT Southwestern Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Meenal Mendiratta
    Baylor/Texas Children's (Faculty) Endocrinology/Metabolism
  • Melissa Tilley
    UT Houston (Faculty DCH) Neonatology
  • Tabitha Solomon
    Loma Linda (Faculty) Neonatology
  • Javier Monagas
    LSU (Faculty) Gastroenterology
  • Germano Falcao
    Mayo Clinic/Jacksonville Neurology
  • Jenitha Jeyaraj
    UT Southwestern Neonatology
  • Ismael Gonzalez
    Rush/Chicago Cardiology
  • Dingding Xiong
    Cincinnati Children's Cardiology
  • Dilachew Adebo
    University of Minnesota Cardiology (Faculty DCH)
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (2012)
  • Tharak Yarrabolu
    UT Houston Cardiology
  • Nina Xiao
    Cincinnati Children's Nephrology
  • Elizabeth Anyaegbu
    Washington University/St. Louis (Faculty DCH) Nephrology
  • Ravi Samraj
    Cincinnati Children's Critical Care
    University of Florida/Gainesville Faculty
  • Keshava Gowda
    Children's Hospital of Michigan Critical Care
    Cleveland Clinic Faculty
  • Kalia Ulate
    Seattle Children's Critical Care
  • Cherish Lorica
    Miami Infectious Disease
  • Claudia Gaviria
    UT Southwestern Infectious Disease
  • Ranjana Sarma
    U of Florida/Jacksonville Endocrinology
  • Ningxi Zhu
    Creighton/Omaha Allergy/Immunology
  • Renu Gandhe
    UTMB/Galveston Allergy/Immunology (2012)
  • Frank Ayestaran
    Emory/Atlanta Nephrology (2012)
  • Beatriz Teppa
    Emory/ Atlanta Critical Care (2012)
  • Devasena Iyer
    Children's Hospital Pittsburgh Critical Care (2012)
  • Sabrina Sargado
    Children's Hospital Boston Development Behavioral (2012)
  • Jawahar Jagarapu
    University of Miami Neonatology (2012)
  • Gerson Valencia
    Albert Einstein/Montefiore Cardiology (2013)
  • Monika Bhagat
    U Florida/Jacksonville Endocrinology (2013)
  • Santiago Encalada
    Med. College of Wisconsin Pulmonology (2013)
  • Khushbu Shukla
    Brown University Hasbro Children's Neonatology (2013)
  • Syed Tariq Khalil
    Medical College of Wisconsin Neonatology (2013)
  • Karen Tuano
    Baylor/Texas Children's Allergy/Immunology
  • Shuya Wu
    Baylor/Texas Children's Allergy/Immunology
  • Brinda Mehta
    New York Medical College Westchester
  • Avery Wright
    North Shore Long Island Jewish
  • Mercy Rajesh
    University of Iowa
  • Dilli Bhurtel
    North Shore Long Island Jewish
  • Ajay Singh
    University of Buffalo
  • Sanjeet Panda
    New York Medical College Westchester
  • Fabricio Gerardo
    Loma Linda
  • Piyali Sengupta
    UT Houston
  • Hari Gourabathini
    University of Buffalo
    Pediatric Critical Care
  • Manzilat Akande
    Nationwide Children's
    Pediatric Critical Care
  • Loretta Reyes
    Emory/Atlanta Pediatric Nephrology

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