Bhavana Kandikattu, MD
Welcome from the Program Director
Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria, located at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois — the third largest children’s hospital in Illinois. Our program has a long standing tradition, since 1958, of excellence in pediatric education. Because we are a large referral and tertiary center for Peoria, the greater Peoria area, and over 60 counties stretching from the Iowa border to the Indiana border you will experience both primary and tertiary care in pediatric medicine.
Our residency program is an excellent blend of a strong curriculum, outstanding training in all aspects of pediatrics, and potential for exponential academic growth. We will help develop you into an outstanding general pediatrician or a pediatric subspecialist. The training is all weaved into a close-knit program with a personal touch. In addition, we also have recently opened a state-of-the-art simulation center, Jump Simulation, where residents get hands-on training and experience using high fidelity simulation. This is an excellent way to train residents in improving patient safety, efficiency in medical systems, procedural competency, and translation to the patient bedside. We also work very closely with our combined Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency program.
This training will prepare you for primary practice, academic medicine or fellowships. Our faculty is committed to educational rigor and our program size fosters a collegial and friendly team work atmosphere. We are excited to have newly received approval to start a Pediatric Neurology residency program, as well as fellowship programs in Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine, and are working on developing these programs in the very near future.
I am very passionate about resident well-being. Stress and burnout are not unfamiliar situations during one’s medical training. The rigors of residency have one working up to 80 hours per week in highly stressful situations, with little time for personal health and families. Our institution is part of the AIAMC (Alliance for Independent Academic Medical Centers) Initiative VI, which is looking at wellness in the clinical learning environment. Our residents have many wellness resources offered to them for free. One such resource is Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT®), which is a practice to cultivate compassion through contemplative practices. The CBCT® course helps one gain better knowledge on cultivating self-compassion, developing sound stress relief techniques, and developing stability of the mind, to help handle or overcome stressful situations in their day-to-day life. I feel that a little practice goes a long way and as a certified CBCT® instructor, I hope to help residents and students develop into strong physicians of the future.
If you are seeking a program that has a strong educational curriculum, cutting edge technology, and training in a wide range of patient experience, our program is the right fit for you. If you are looking for a program with a personal touch, where you will be part of the team and enjoy excellent working relationships with your fellow residents and faculty, you have come to the right place! I welcome you to come and experience our program for yourself by seeing our facility and meeting the residents and faculty. I look forward to meeting you!
Bhavana Kandikattu, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Residency Program Director
Bhavana Kandikattu, MD