Dear applicant:

We hope this website provides you an accurate picture of what Residency at Department of Pediatrics, University of Puerto Rico is all about.

Message from the Program Director

We appreciate your interest in our residency program.  We recognize the important decision ahead of you. Deciding your residency of choice can be challenging, as a residency training is exciting, can be demanding and occasionally frightening, but certainly a gratifying final step toward your goal of becoming a pediatrician.

At the University of Puerto Rico, we offer a challenging residency program in Pediatrics that will enable you to achieve your academic and professional goals.  Our well-rounded training experience will provide you with an excellent foundation in general pediatrics, along with specialty care.  Our greatest assets are our residents, faculty, and staff – all dedicated to improving the lives of children. Our top-notch faculty is committed to residents’ education and fosters the ideal balance of resident’s autonomy and faculty supervision.

We hope that you will seriously consider our Program and we look forward to meeting and working with you in the future!

Ana García Puebla, MD, FAAP

Residency Program


We are committed to providing high quality, comprehensive, student-centered and self-directed education in pediatrics to physicians in training.  We aim to maintain excellent and up to date graduate education in the field of pediatrics through training in patient-centered care, problem-based learning, research, advocacy and leadership in child health promotion and disease prevention.


To become academic leaders in Puerto Rico and Latin America through the education of health professionals as researchers and academicians; and to promote education by way of innovation in a student-centered, interdisciplinary environment using forefront educational strategies.

Clinical Facilities:

The main clinical site, the University Pediatric Hospital, is a tertiary facility with its own emergency room, pediatric neonatal and intensive care units, general pediatric wards, oncology ward, bone marrow transplant unit, outpatient clinics and dialysis unit.  It has 146 beds and is the referral center for the whole island, the Caribbean and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The hospital is part of the Puerto Rico Medical Center (PRMC), which provides access to other facilities at the PRMC, including the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, Cancer Center and the Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Center, providing a plethora of possibilities for collaboration in diverse areas. Other clinical sites include: the University Hospital, the University of Puerto Rico Hospital at Carolina, the San Juan City Hospital, the Cardiovascular Center and multiple private offices in the community.

Residency Program Training Directors

Ana García Puebla, MD, FAAP

Program Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Assistant Professor                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Department of Pediatrics                                                                                                                                                                                                         University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine

Patricia Rodríguez, MD, FAAP

Associate Program Director                                                                                                                                                                                                      Assistant Professor                                                                                                                                                                                                              Department of Pediatrics                                                                                                                                                                                                        University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine