Pamela Trout, MD, FAAP, CEDS
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Dr Seuss
Dr. Pamela Trout knows that “kids are not just small adults.” From the beginning of her career in medicine, she has focused on Pediatrics and meeting the needs of her young patients at every age, and every developmental stage. With DOC PAM (Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine), she is branding a new type of practice — you might just recognize this old-fashioned style of pediatrics. Your parents or grandparents might remember: the Pediatrician created a medical home that was not constrained by the time, the day, or the perceived urgency. In modern times, she likes to call it “concierge without the cost.”
Pam Trout’s journey in medicine started in 1993 at the University of Miami. She initially chose the study of Microbiology and Immunology to prepare for medical school. Soon it became a passion to learn about everything from the germ theory, to the advanced mutation of viruses; and then, how the immune system develops and modern medicine enhances it. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. degree, and left Miami with a mission. The University of Kentucky, College of Medicine was her next stop. Dr. Trout graduated with Honors in 2002. Her best memory there was having that light-bulb moment; in which she realized that medicine, specifically Pediatrics, was truly what she was born to do.
At this point, Dr. Trout moved to Orlando and started her career as a Pediatrician. She had matched at her first choice Pediatric Residency Program: Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children. “See one, do one, teach one” has often been the mantra of young doctors learning the skills to be great. Pam Trout learned the satisfaction of “teaching many.” She chose to stay for a fourth year to be Chief Resident and Junior Faculty at APH.
In 2006, Dr. Trout joined a large private practice in town. She enjoyed both working with experienced mentors, and bringing a fresh view to the group. As a partner, she thrived on generating creative ways to implement new protocols, and tried to anticipate and integrate the ever-changing world of science and the recommendations of experts. In 2014, Dr. Trout found her way to a new kind of primary care office. This time, her work as a General Pediatrician was part of a bigger plan. The affiliated Children’s Hospital had its vision set upon a model of pediatric care that encompassed continuity, communication, and convenience for a spectrum of children from healthy to critically ill. In this setting, she was a part of the Clinical Practice Committee that strived to bring these two worlds together. While focusing on community education and advocating for children’s health issues, Pam Trout found herself on WESH 2 (NBC Affiliate) and News Channel 13 (Bright House Networks) speaking out on the need to mandate daily recess for the children of Orange County, Florida.
Dr. Trout’s colleagues know that she enjoys ongoing education as well as teaching. She has been a part of the Florida State Medical School Orlando campus, taking on students for their month of outpatient pediatrics. She also returns to the Arnold Palmer residency program from time to time to give lectures, as well as participate in each level’s resident retreats — giving new doctors advice on what the “real world” is like and how to prepare.
Pam Trout is also a part of several organizations both locally and nationally. She has been president of the Central Florida Medical Society, and now sits on the executive board as Secretary for the Orange County Medical Society. She has been active for several years at the annual FMA meeting where doctors fight for legislation to improve access and care for their patients. She continues to be a consistent member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In addition to her passion for primary care, Dr. Trout has developed a niche in working with patients with Eating Disorders. With rates on the rise, and very little education included in a doctor’s residency, there has become an urgent need for this in Orlando. She treats her own patients as well as takes on consults from other pediatricians. She is very involved in IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) at both the local level as well as national. She earned her certification as a CEDS (Certified Eating Disorder Specialist) in 2014.
At Doc PAM Pediatrics, parents feel comfortable with Dr. Trout’s down-to-earth, realistic approach to providing family-centered care. On any given day, she may be helping with homework, reading books in the lobby, putting together puzzles on the floor, “exercising” with her patients, or providing “assignments” for healthy habits at well child visits. As many know, Pamela Trout has some fans in both her patients and their parents. She has been honored as one of the “Top 10 Pediatricians” by the Orlando Mom’s Guide in 2013. Then in 2016 earned the Gold Daisy Award for “Best Pediatrician” by Macaroni Kid Orlando. Anyone can say they “love” kids, but if you spend a day in her office, you will see love in action.