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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 Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. 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 inpatient 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 Leadership in Advocacy, the Underserved, and Community Health (LAUnCH) 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 healthcare delivery to children in Washington, D.C., but also to assist in advocacy efforts at the clinical, community, legislative and national levels in their future careers. Our Primary Care Track offers an outstanding opportunity to integrate fully within an outpatient pediatric primary care medical home, while also giving residents plenty of subspecialty exposure should they choose to pursue fellowship training. It offers some of the strongest pediatric primary care training in the country. Finally, we have an exciting new opportunity for research-focused residents to use the opportunities and resources in our REACH program and Children’s National 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, M.D., M.P.H.
Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Stephen  Teach