Department of Pediatrics

Chief Resident's Message

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Ovini Rodrigo

Welcome future pediatric leaders! I am so thrilled that you are interested in learning more about the Primary Care L.E.A.D. program at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. Being part of the L.E.A.D. program has been one of the most transformative and enriching experiences of my life. I hope that through exploring the website and interacting with our residents and faculty throughout the recruitment season, you will be able to appreciate how special this program truly is. 

We are a very tight-knit group, with only four residents per class, but we are seamlessly integrated into the larger Baylor pediatrics residency program. In addition to the rotations required for general pediatrics training, our L.E.A.D. curriculum includes many built-in electives that provide a well-rounded exposure to various medical disciplines to allow our residents to develop a broad fund of knowledge essential for pediatric clinical practice. Aside from our clinical rotations, the unique L.E.A.D. curriculum includes monthly evening enrichment sessions, periodic academic half days, and a dedicated month-long rotation in the spring, affectionately referred to as L.E.A.D. month. During L.E.A.D. month, each class focuses on a different aspect of advocacy- community engagement, legislative advocacy, and public health. L.E.A.D. month also includes themed discussions that bring together all three classes as well as bonding activities. Furthermore, we have the privilege of working at The Center for Children and Women Southwest for our continuity clinic experience. The Center Southwest is a wonderful clinic that is a true medical home, providing access to quality healthcare and resources to some of the most vulnerable children in Houston. 

Though primary care is in the title of our program, L.E.A.D. residents are by no means required to pursue a career in primary care. A few of our alumni have gone on to fellowship programs, and several current residents are planning to complete a fellowship in a pediatric subspecialty. The defining features of L.E.A.D. residents are an interest in serving underserved and vulnerable populations and a commitment to becoming an unrelenting pediatrician advocate. We hope to have the opportunity to meet you during the interview season and look forward to welcoming a few of you into our wonderful L.E.A.D. family this spring. Best of luck! 

Ovini Rodrigo, M.D., M.S.
Pediatric L.E.A.D. Chief Resident, 2021-2022