Welcome Message from Our Chair, Dr. Stephen Teach

Dear Prospective Applicant,

Thanks for your interest in our pediatric residency.  It is an absolutely outstanding program with terrific leadership and with opportunities to grow as a clinician, an educator, an investigator, and a child and family advocate. I hope that you choose to apply!

When choosing a residency, you should ideally choose a program that will give you a wide breadth of inpatient and outpatient experiences. Children’s National boasts a seven-story state-of-the-art clinical tower that provides a superb setting for your inpatient experience. We serve as the only exclusive provider of inpatient pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area, and we are the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. We are also committed to our regional population, which includes providing outpatient general pediatrics and specialty services at the main hospital and at satellite centers throughout the area. Through these inpatients and outpatient venues, our residents are exposed to a wide variety of pathology, from the most routine to the rarest of diseases. For those of you who will choose general pediatric practice, these exposures will provide you with a broad base of knowledge and experience. Others of you will want to go into subspecialty practice and will use your training with us as the basis for focus on one particular area through fellowship training.

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. Finally, some 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 meet your goals in any area that you choose.

I will never regret my decision to be a pediatrician. Caring for children (and their parents!) is an honor and a privilege. I look forward to meeting many of you during your visits with us over the coming months.

Best Regards.

Stephen J. Teach, MD, MPH
Chair, Department of Pediatrics

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