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Description of the Hospital

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is a private, non-profit hospital specializing in neonatal, pediatric and adolescent medicine. All subspecialties are represented. The geographic regions served include the southeastern portion of the United States, the Caribbean Islands as well as the Central and South American Countries.

The Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals and the Liaison Committee on Graduate Medical Education. It is also a recognized member of the American Hospital Association, the Florida Hospital Association, the South Florida Hospital Association, and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, Inc.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida’s only independent, freestanding specialty hospital exclusively for children. For half a century, Nicklaus Children's Hospital has provided state-of-the art pediatric care for South Florida’s children, ranging in age from birth to 21. The Variety Club International, a group dedicated to helping indigent children, obtained the necessary funds and founded Variety Children’s Hospital in 1950. The medical institution was renamed Nicklaus Children's Hospital in 1983. The not-for profit 501 (C) (3) 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in the 2012-13 rankings by U.S. News & World Report offering more than 40 distinct medical specialties to treat childhood diseases and disorders.

With a medical staff of more than 600 doctors, Nicklaus Children's Hospital supports over 40 pediatric specialties and subspecialties (Adolescence Medicine, Allergy, Anesthesiology, Asthma Center, Bone Marrow Transplant, Brachial Plexus Surgery, Cardiology [The Heart Program], Cardiovascular Surgery [the Heart Program], Brain Institute, Clinical Immunology, Craniofacial Center, Critical Care Medicine, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Dentistry, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Enuresis Center, Epilepsy Center, Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics, Genetics, Hematology-Oncology [Cancer Center], Infectious Diseases, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology, Neuropharmacology, Neuroscience [Brain Institute], Neurological Surgery, Nutrition, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics-Orthopedics Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Trauma Center, Plastic Surgery, Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Radiology , Rheumatology, Scoliosis Surgery, Sleep Disorder Center, Thoracic Surgery, Urology-Urologic Surgery). Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals and the Liaison Committee on Graduate Medical Education, it is also a recognized member of the American Hospital Association, the Florida Hospital Association, the South Florida Hospital Association, and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals. The hospital has also been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor and is home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital's founding vision was the creation of a full service pediatric center to provide South Florida with state of the art clinical services, medical research, and a comprehensive teaching program for doctors, nurses and medical specialists. Toward this goal, Nicklaus Children's Hospital has developed and maintained graduate training programs of the highest academic quality for pediatric residents and fellows as well as psychology interns and fellows. The Nicklaus Children's Hospital Psychology Internship Program (PIP) offers a pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship program with a focus in the areas of pediatric health psychology and clinical neuropsychology.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital promotes equal employment opportunity for all current and prospective employees and is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. It also engages in actions that indicate respect for and understanding of cultural and individual diversity. Interns are protected by Hospital and Psychology Internship Program due process and grievance procedures.

Training Resources

Nicklaus Children's Hospital’s main campus is located in the heart of the city. In addition, a number of programs function outside the actual Hospital, including the Early Intervention Program and the Dan Marino Center for developmental disorders. Interns are provided office space at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Psychological assessment materials and computer assisted scoring programs are available. Interns have access to computers, audiovisual and library facilities within the Hospital. A number of areas are devoted to special functions that serve the training programs. Evaluation and therapy rooms are designed for patient evaluations, treatment, clinical interviews and counseling. Some evaluation and treatment rooms contain one-way vision mirrors and sound monitoring systems. Videotape equipment is available for recording testing and therapy sessions, or live observation of clinical activities. 


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