Program Directors' Welcome

Our mission is to provide a patient-centered and quality education for physicians caring for the underserved.

The teaching program at USC is focused on developing excellence as a primary care provider which serves as a foundation for community-based practice and/or sub-specialty fellowship training. Our graduates are extremely competitive in the job market and for fellowship positions. Many hold prominent leadership positions in their communities and in academic medicine.

There are 11 categorical Pediatric resident positions per year and 6 combined Medicine-Pediatrics resident positions per year.

Most teaching is provided in small groups, supplemented by case-oriented discussions, didactic lectures and individual reading.  Our daily teaching includes morning report – a signout teaching conference led by chief residents and bedside teaching on rounds.  The highlight of our week is problem rounds – a conference led by the chief of our department where residents and attendings participate in the discussion of unique cases admitted to Pediatrics.  We feel strongly that this innovative approach to teaching is what has led to our excellent board pass rate for the past 3 years! (

Residents are given progressive autonomy under the supervision of the faculty. We strongly support resident participation in our basic and clinical research projects and in their own innovative projects.

The pediatric residents are an essential and integral part of the Department of Pediatrics. There is a weekly housestaff meeting with the program directors to discuss ways to enrich the program – many quality improvement and patient safety projects have started from discussions in this forum!

We are so proud of the residents here at LAC+USC.  Our residents are passionate about serving the underserved and provide excellent patient care in a resource limited area.  Some of the new resident driven initiatives include the addition of an integrative medicine extracurricular program.  We hope you are able to get a glimpse of what is it like being a part of our LAC+USC family as you visit this site!

Adler Salazar, M.D.
Program Director

Monika Alas-Segura, M.D.
Associate Program Director