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Message from Dr. Batshaw
Chief Academic Officer, Children’s National Medical Center

My first piece of advice to newcomers is “do not worry.” You have already made the right decision in choosing Pediatrics. From my personal experience, it has been wonderful to spend my days caring for our most valuable resource, our children. My second piece of advice is that as you go through the application process and visit residency programs, enjoy the experience. There are so many excellent programs, you are likely to have a wonderful experience whichever one you choose. Of course, I hope that you will consider Children's National Medical Center for your pediatric residency program, and would like to share some of the features that distinguish Children’s National as one of the top residency programs in the country.

When choosing a residency, ideally you will want a program that will give you a breadth of inpatient and outpatient experiences to prepare you for most eventualities. Children’s National boasts a 7 story state-of-the-art clinical tower that provides a superb setting for your inpatient experience. We serve as the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and are the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. We are also committed to our regional population, which includes providing general pediatrics and specialty services in satellite centers throughout the area. This means our residents are exposed to a variety of pathology, including the rarest of diseases. For those of you who will choose general pediatric practice, this will not only provide you with a broad base of knowledge and experience, but will also give you the opportunity to learn skills as a social worker, a psychologist, a rehabilitation therapist, and more. Others of you will want to go into subspecialty practice and will be able to use your training as a base to focus in detail on one particular area through fellowship training. In addition, many of you will use the opportunities and resources in our REACH program and Children’s Research Institute to start an academic career in clinical or translational research. Our program can help you reach your goals in each and every area you choose.

Our Community Health Track will appeal to those of you with interests in community pediatrics, health policy and advocacy. Through the Children's Health Advocacy Institute, residents in this track can choose not only to participate in the ongoing research protocols examining disparity of health care delivery to children in Washington, DC, but also to assist in advocacy efforts at the clinical, community, legislative and national levels in their future careers.

If you choose to come to Children’s National, I will have the opportunity of precepting you in our Developmental Pediatrics rotation, my area of clinical expertise. And when you choose a resident elective, I hope you will consider working with me on developing novel therapies for genetic diseases of childhood. I am just one of 450 faculty members ready to share their knowledge with you.

At Children’s National, you will be taught by some of the finest pediatric educators in the country, many of whom have participated in our Master Teachers leadership training program. Our faculty makes education a priority, and we continually strive to find ways to improve our residency education curriculum.

If you choose to come to Children’s National, you will have a breadth of clinical experiences, be taught by experts in the field, make lifelong friends, and have an exciting and productive experience which you will remember as one of the most important and formative times of your lives. You may well come as an “undifferentiated lymphocyte.” But while you are here, you will have the opportunity to taste different career paths and begin your differentiation. I hope to meet you when you come to visit, and I wish you the best, whichever path you choose.


Mark L. Batshaw, MD
Chief Academic Officer, Children’s National Medical Center
Chief Operating Officer, Children’s Research Institute
Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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