Letter from the program director
Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Program at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Within these pages you will find a wealth of information about our program and our philosophy of education. After you read about our program, I would encourage you to contact either me, one of the program coordinators or one of the residents for additional information.
The VCU Pediatric Residency Program has a long and storied history of providing quality education for pediatricians. More than 80 percent of the practicing pediatricians in Richmond received their medical education and/or training at MCV Hospitals at the VCU Medical Center. At the heart of our program is a busy inner-city hospital. We have a very active inpatient service with nearly 100 percent occupancy. Patient problems encountered are almost equally split between primary care pediatric issues and subspecialty or tertiary care issues. We approach a wide array of illnesses with a focus on clinical pediatrics and outstanding patient care.
Over the past several years, we have updated and reviewed our core lecture series in order to provide our residents with a comprehensive review of pediatrics; developed a website dedicated to providing residents with 24-hour access to educational and clinical resources; strengthened our board review process; implemented an evidence-based medicine rotation and the development of a critically appraised topic list; and updated our morning report conference to include multimedia-access to patient data, radiology and pathology.
Training here, you will join an outstanding and enthusiastic group of house officers in a program designed to meet the educational needs of our residents. We listen very carefully to the insights of our house staff and both categorical pediatric and combined med-ped residents are involved in all of the major committees of the department including the Residency Steering Committee (reviews and approves all changes in residency curriculum) and the Intern Selection Committee. Every month we have a town meeting forum for residents to raise their concerns. We listen very closely at these meetings and have made a number of changes directly related to issues raised in this forum.
Our faculty is diverse and includes specialists in all of the pediatric subspecialties. One of the most frequently quoted assets of our program is the amount and type of access that the residents have to the faculty. The residents work hand-in-hand with the faculty members to provide excellent care to the patients and have the opportunity to discuss patient care issues in both formal and informal settings. Pediatric radiology, pediatric surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric ENT, pediatric neurology and child psychiatry all have active programs on campus as well.
As program director, my goal is to provide the residents with quality educational conferences, offer exposure to a wide variety of patient problems, and foster a collegial environment that allows our residents to develop techniques that will make them lifelong learners. Whatever your goal, primary care or subspecialty fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU will provide you a solid foundation on which to build.
We are very proud of our residents and the residency program and welcome your interest.
Suzanne Lavoie, M.D.
Professor of pediatrics and internal medicine
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Virginia Commonwealth University
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
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