Children's National Health System held its 2015 Residency and Fellow GME graduation ceremony on June 10, honoring 131 residents, fellows, psychologists, pharmacists, and dentists who completed their clinical pediatric training.
The 2015 class was the largest at Children’s National, as the health system continues to add new fellowship programs. About half of the residency graduates enter into subspecialty fellowships immediately or one year after graduation.
Mary C. Ottolini, MD, MPH, Vice-Chair of Medical Education at Children’s National and the George Washington University School of Medicine, told the graduates in the auditorium ceremony that they have “helped to heal the body, mind, and spirit of thousands of children and their families.”
“You have touched the lives of hundreds of students, residents, and faculty in important ways you might not appreciate,” Dr. Ottolini added. She noted the graduates honed their skills as “experts in the care of our nation’s most precious resource, our children.”
Residents at Children’s National are provided with the knowledge, skills, motivation, and mentorship guidance to pursue a wide variety of career choices. Of the 131 graduates in this year’s class, there were 43 pediatric residents and 73 subspecialty pediatric fellows. Also, there were six pediatric pharmacology residents, four pediatric dental residents, and four pediatric psychology graduates.
After graduation, many of the pediatric residents will continue their work at Children’s National, focusing on a range of specialties, including neurology, neonatology, cardiology, hematology and oncology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, emergency medicine, critical care medicine, and adolescent and young adult medicine. Dr. Ottolini noted that post-graduate training “is most important for their practice patterns, and establishes the path for their future success.”
“About half of the pediatric residents go into primary care and others into specialty training,” Dr. Ottolini said. “With our training program, residents get their first choice of subspecialty programs either here at Children’s National or other prestigious programs around the country.”
Referring to the graduates, Dr. Ottolini says she was “very appreciative and grateful for the dedication of the interns, residents, and fellows for patient care, teaching, and advancing research. It is the best advertisement for the quality of care and training that this institution provides.”
Besides Dr. Ottolini, other speakers at the graduation ceremony included Richard J. Simon, MD, Senior Associate Dean for MD Programs at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Stephen J. Teach, MD, MPH, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s National and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and David Schlitz, Vice-Chairman of the Children's Research Institute.
A reception for the graduates was held at the hospital Research Atrium.
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