About the Department of Pediatrics

The Department of Pediatrics mission is to serve the needs of the state of Texas by:

  • providing medical education and training to medical students, residents, fellows and practicing physicians as well as students and practitioners of other disciplines;
  • delivering high quality pediatric primary care and specialty pediatric care primarily to patients of Bexar County and South Texas;
  • conducting basic, clinical and other bio-medical research;
  • serving on a variety of University, community, state, and national and international committees, boards, agencies and other administrative bodies;
  • developing a network of pediatric specialty care services in support of the children and pediatric primary care providers throughout South Texas;
  • striving to increase the number of under-represented minority medical students and pediatric house staff; and
  • striving for a majority of graduating medial students and pediatric house staff to commit to generalist careers, particularly in medically under-served areas.

Take time to familiarize yourself with the activities of the Department of Pediatrics via:

IV.B. Department of Pediatrics Directory

This directory of faculty and staff of the Department of Pediatrics is revised quarterly and is distributed to the division and individual faculty.

Current directory (pdf)

IV.C. Departmental Committees

A list of departmental committees and brief description of the mission of each one of them as it pertains to faculty development:

  1. Residency Education Committee
  2. Resident Evaluation and Promotion Committee
  3. Promotions, Tenure and Initial Appointments Committee
  4. Tenure Track Mid-Probationary Review
  5. Periodic Evaluation of Tenured Faculty Review and Committee
  6. Clinical (Non-salaried) Faculty Promotion and Tenure Appointment Committee
  7. Faculty Development Committee
  8. Pediatric Scholarship Oversight Committee
  9. Pediatric Graduate Medical Education
  10. Children's Health Advocacy Research Training Center (CHART) -- Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA)
  11. Coding Oversight Committee

IV.C.1. Residency Education Committee

This committee handles:

  • Selection and matching of housestaff
  • Structure of the program so that it complies with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics Guidelines
  • Issues of individual house staff performance
  • Issues relating to the hospitals, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital and University Hospital, which are affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics and are the sites of medical student education and house staff training

IV.C.2 Pediatric Resident Evaluation and Promotion Committee

The purpose of the Pediatric Resident Evaluation and Promotion Committee is to provide ongoing review of resident progress and to meet as needed to review performance of individuals who may be at risk for unsuccessful completion and training. The committee serves in an advisory role to Dr. Jon Courand, pediatric residency program director, and Dr. Robert Nolan, professor of pediatrics and vice chairman for education and training.

IV.C.3. The Promotions, Tenure, and Initial Appointment Committee

This committee makes decisions on:

  1. Initial appointments of faculty at levels above Assistant Professor and the possible granting of tenure to such appointees. [Appointment at the Instructor and Assistant Professor levels are done in the Dean's office and do not require action by the Promotions and Tenure Committee].
  2. Promotions to Associate Professor and Professor ranks and granting of tenure. The committee handles these issues annually
  3. Granting of tenure at the appointed times for faculty

Each year, the departmental Promotions and Tenure Committee solicits candidacies for promotion and/or tenure among the pediatric faculty. The committee evaluates each candidate and makes recommendations to the Chairman as to whether or not his/her candidacy should move forward. The committee facilitates the applications of confirmed candidates over a 5-6 month long process. The completed candidate packets are then sent to the UT Health Science Center Faculty Promotion, Tenure, and Appointments Committee where the final decision is made over the following several months. In the past 20 years, every faculty member recommended for promotion and/or tenure by the Promotions and Tenure Committee of the Department of Pediatrics has been approved by the UT Health Science Center Faculty Promotions, Tenure and Appointments Committee and the UT Health Science Center Executive Committee.

IV.C.4 Tenure Track Mid-Probationary Review (Handbook of Operating Procedures Chapter 3, section 3.7.4)

At present, the Department of Pediatrics Promotions and Tenure Committee conducts the mid-tenure review of the faculty as follows:

The UT Health Science Center Promotion and Tenure Guidelines allow each faculty member on the tenure track up to nine years to earn tenure. Time toward tenure begins at the time of a faculty member's initial appointment. This means that by September of their eighth year, a tenure track faculty member must become a candidate for tenure.

Approximately 4.5 years after an initial faculty appointment to the tenure track, a faculty member's academic accomplishments in his/her chosen field of academic activity are reviewed by the Department of Pediatrics Promotion and Tenure Committee, which then prepares a report for submission to the division chief of the faculty member under review and to the department chair. In a one-to-one session, the chairman of the Promotions and Tenure Committee advises the candidate about avenues to be followed as he/she continues academic efforts toward tenure or options for changing to non-tenure track. This process has proven to be a very constructive means of advising junior or mid-level faculty as they work in the academic setting toward acquisition of tenure at the UT Health Science Center.

IV.C.5. Periodic Evaluation of Tenured Faculty Review (Handbook of Operating Procedures Chapter 3, section 3.7.5) and Committee

This post-tenure review process and committee were organized in 1998, following a directive issued by the University of Texas Board of Regents. After receiving tenure, each faculty member must undergo peer review of his/her continuing academic productivity every five years. Each year, the departmental level The Post-Tenure Review Committee requests activity and academic progress reports from each tenured faculty member due for this evaluation. After review, the Committee determines if a faculty member's performance has remained satisfactory, needs improvement or has been unsatisfactory. This evaluation is then discussed with the individual faculty member before being forwarded to the chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and the dean of the School of Medicine.

IV.C.6. Clinical (Non-salaried) Faculty Promotion and Tenure Appointment Committee

This committee reviews documentation for the selection, evaluation, and promotion of clinical, non-salaried faculty. These faculty are appointed for two-year terms and must reapply for credentialing when their terms expire.

IV.C.7. Faculty Development Committee

This committee develops, implements, and evaluates the Department of Pediatrics Faculty Development Program (FDP), with a primary focus on junior and mid-level faculty. The FDP Committee is advisory to the Department of Pediatrics chairman, division chiefs and faculty.

IV.C.8. Pediatric Scholarship Oversight Committee

This committee provides guidance and oversight of the scholarly activities of all pediatric fellows and advises fellowship directors on requirements for scholarship. The committee meets quarterly as a group and then with each fellow individually to monitor progress toward scholarly achievement. The committee is responsible for organizing periodic external peer review of committee activities and to ensure compliance with the American Board of Pediatrics subspecialty certification requirements for scholarly activity.

IV.C. 9. Pediatric Graduate Medical Education Committee

This committee provides guidance and oversight to Pediatric graduate medical education programs. The committee was established to aid in compliance with the Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics' new general program requirements. It is responsible for fostering collaboration between the core Pediatric Residency Program and the subspecialty programs with documented meetings that address a departmental approach to common educational issues and concerns, e.g., core curriculum and competencies, and ensuring that the same evaluation mechanisms used in the core program are adapted and implemented in all of the pediatric subspecialty programs that function with it.

IV.C.10 Children's Health Advocacy Research Training Center (CHART) - Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA)

This committee provides input into the Children's Health Advocacy Research Training Center (CHART), a clinical research center at Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital and the Pediatric component of UT Health Science Center's competitive application for the Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA), the NIH Roadmap Initiative to catalyze the development of a new discipline of clinical and translational science.

IV.C.11. Coding Oversight Committee

This committee reviews policies and provides oversight for reimbursement issues related to medical services.