2016 Outstanding Resident of the Year in Pediatric Medicine

September 18, 2016

Jennifer Berkovich, DO is known for being an exemplary student, earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular Biology, with Magna Cum Laude distinction from Loyola University Chicago and induction into the Sigma Sigma Phi National Osteopathic Honor Society during her time at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

In the Pediatric Residency Program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital where she is currently in her third year she has excelled on many levels. “She has demonstrated a very good fund of medical knowledge and strong clinical skills and reasoning...in addition, she has served as a terrific role model for both junior residents and medical students at our institution” says Beatriz Cunill-De Sautu, MD, FAAP, Program Director. 

She is known for being passionate about teaching, but also strives to apply evidence based practices to her clinical care. Dr. Berkovich recently worked with a team of physicians on hospital-wide quality improvement initiatives, most notably, “The Yield of Blood Cultures in Uncomplicated Soft Tissue Infections” which was presented at the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section of Osteopathic Medicine Conference last year. 

In addition to scholarly activity, Jennifer has been an avid volunteer on a local and national level. She has served as a screening physician volunteer at the Special Olympic and has actively participated in her residency program’s annual holiday drive to provide for local families and orphanages.  Berkovich also volunteers her time guiding osteopathic medical students at several residency fairs and events throughout the year. On a national scale, Dr. Berkovich has served as the Director of District Communication for the AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees which allows her to be a liaison for her residency program. 

“It’s hard to summarize all that being a DO means to me, so I’ve resorted to succinct answers when asked, however next time my ID badge becomes a topic of inquiry, I’ll boldly reply ‘It stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and I can’t imagine being anything else” 

Jennifer Berkovich, DO, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital