REACH: Research, Education, Advocacy and Child Health Care Program
The Robert H. Parrott REACH program is named after a distinguished former chairman of pediatrics who was an internationally recognized pediatrician, researcher and leader. Dr. Parrott led the transformation of our institution from a community-based hospital for children into the large, academic tertiary-care center that we are today.
REACH stands for Research, Education, Advocacy and Child Health Care, which are the cornerstone elements of this program. Residents are provided with an opportunity to apply for half-day per week protected time in the second and third years of training to pursue projects and activities in these areas. Essentially, this is a longitudinal elective rotation.
Since its inception in 2000, residents have pursued a variety of clinical, volunteer, research and educational topics under the direct mentorship of Children’s National clinical and research faculty. Each year, many of our residents publish their REACH projects in peer-reviewed journals and present them at major national meetings. REACH scholarly activity serves to set our residents apart on the job and fellowship market after residency.