Founded in 1837 as the Louisville Medical Institute and reaching university status in 1846, the University of Louisville School of Medicine is a vibrant institution with a proud heritage as one of the most comprehensive medical facilities in the southeastern United States. Today, the School of Medicine is an integral part of a large and growing Health Sciences Center that includes more than 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research space, a comprehensive standardized patient clinic and one of the largest academic medical simulation centers in the nation. Our mission is to develop compassionate and skilled physicians dedicated to caring for patients of all ages. We strive to provide service to the community and collaboration with both clinical departments while balancing our home and professional responsibilities.
The Department of Medicine in 2000 achieved a critical mass of 120 full-time faculty which now allows it to vigorously compete for extramural research funding in all of its divisions. The Department's NIH funding has increased remarkably with recent growth, achieving a national ranking, and setting its goal to be in the upper half of ranking within five years. The department provides care to more than 500,000 patients a year in the medically underserved populations of Jefferson County and the surrounding areas of Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana, supported by partnerships with the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Norton Hospital, and the James Graham Brown Cancer.
The Department of Pediatrics is the University of Louisville School of Medicine's second largest clinical department employing more than 150 faculty members in 21 clinical divisions and sections. These faculty practice in Kosair Children's Hospital, three separate community outpatient UofL Pediatrics clinics, Weisskopf Child Evaluation Center, Child Development Unit, and several research laboratories to provide a unique opportunity for training in pediatric health and child development. The Department of Pediatrics fellowship programs afford our board-eligible residents the expertise and skills required for both the academic setting, the endeavors of research institutes, or to add a special area of expertise and interest to the practice of pediatric medicine. The seven pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs offered at the University of Louisville are Critical Care, Pulmonology, Infectious Disease, Child Abuse, Developmental-Behavioral, Neonatal Medicine, and Emergency Medicine.
From Our Residents...
"One of my many reasons for joining the UofL med/peds residency was that I felt Kosair was such a great children's hospital where one can experience a wide array of patients and work with many well trained specialists. Residents have the opportunity for experiences with govenmental, private and academic institutions. Not to mention, there are a wide variety of fellowships offered at UofL."
--Chris Sepich, Class of 2012
"When applying for residency, I interviewed all over the country. I realized if my family needed me, I wanted to be able to get back home to Savannah, GA. Family emergencies do happen and I can fortunately say this program supports their residents during those times. Louisville was my first interview and I just fell in love with Kosair Children's Hospital. As a Med/Peds resident, I wanted when I was on peds, to guarantee that I would have specialized pediatric resources and the ability to see a lot of patients, because I knew I was only going to be on peds half of the time, and that's exactly what I got! But the great thing is that Kosair is only one piece of the story. Similarly, internal medicine offers a great exposure to all types of patients in several different hospitals. But, the real strength of Louisville is the Med/Peds’ representation. From a strong program office to an excellent continuity experience, this residency program has not only met my educational requirements but also surpassed my expectations. Though my husband and I had to leave our family back in Georgia, we have gained a new family here in Louisville!"
--Tricia Lee, PGY-4
"I decided to come to UofL because during my interview I felt it was a great fit for me. Having come here, I know now it was the best decision because it truely is a wondeful place. The program is great and has a solid pediatric hospital allowing exposure to many subspecialties. In addition, I really enjoyed my time with the residents I met during my stay. Louisville is a unique city, offering a great deal of fun events and things to do outside the hospital as well."
--Van Tran, PGY-4
"The thing that impressed me most when I came to visit the Univeristy of Louisville Med/Peds program from my home state of Utah was the satisfaction of the residents with the program. I could tell that the residents genuinely love the environment in which they work, had admiration for the program director, and respect for their fellow residents. Residents interested in fellowship felt confident in their preparation for even the most competitive fellowships and with Dr. Sweeney's guidance their match is extremely successful. I also find it reassuring that many residents stay in the area to practice and continue their interaction with the program, such as mentoring new residents along the way, because of the satisfaction they have with their training. I was also encouraged that the program directors from categorical pediatrics and internal medicine hold med/peds residents in high esteem and the residents feel fully integrated into each program."
-- Beau Bailey, PGY-2
"Even though I grew up in Ohio, I never really thought I would move to Kentucky but I have found Louisville to be a really great city and it has been exciting to explore some place new. When looking at residency programs, it was important to me to find a place that offered balance. I was impressed that University of Louisville had strong Internal Medicine and Pediatrics departments and that my time here would include everything from ICU time to a rural ambulatory rotation in an under-served area. Like many Med-Peds residents, I have not totally made up my mind about what direction I would like to go in my career and I appreciate that Med-Peds graduates here have gone into a variety of fields. I already consider Louisville my home and am excited to live and work here."
-- Julianna Dunster, PGY-1