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Message from the Chief Residents

Welcome to the UMass Chan Medical School’s Pediatric Residency Program at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our residency program. We’d love to share with you all the reasons why UMass Chan holds a special place in our hearts and what makes UMass Children’s Medical Center an amazing training program.  


The Children’s Medical Center is embedded within a large, tertiary academic center, and includes the regions only level 1 pediatric trauma center, Level III NICU, and Pediatric ICU. We serve central Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire, Northern Connecticut and Northern Rhode Island. The catchment area is both socioeconomically and ethnically diverse, leading to an enriching training experience. Being the only Children’s Medical Center in the region, you will see both “bread and butter” pediatrics, as well as “zebras”. Our program creates a well-rounded educational environment to help our residents succeed whether they choose general pediatrics or a subspeciality. 

We are located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the second largest city in New England and a place known for its strong sense of community. Our location has so much to offer, with both accessible and top-quality cuisine, professional sports, arts theater, outdoor adventures and more. It is a great city for our residents to spend time with each other outside of work.  

Our pediatrics program includes 8 categorical residents per class, complimented with 4 trainees in internal medicine/pediatrics per class. Our size lends itself to close relationships with our faculty members, mentors, coordinators and co-residents. The program also allows for residents to individualize their curriculums and schedules. There are currently three pediatric fellowship programs at UMass (NICU, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Global Health). On services without fellows, our residents routinely take on higher levels of responsibility and autonomy as the leaders of the medical team. Our residents also work closely with multiple subspecialists including radiology, pediatric surgery and various pediatric specialties. We are proud of our multidisciplinary approach to patient care and foster a welcoming environment with a team-based approach.  

We prioritize resident education and have a robust learning curriculum including weekly interprofessional simulation, daily morning conferences, monthly afternoon protected time for hands-on learning in addition to advocacy and research teaching and mentorship. Our program offers a teaching elective and multiple individualized electives to cater to resident career goals.  Graduates from our program are readily recruited into primary care practices or complete their training at top fellowship programs across the country.  

We wish you the best of luck as you take the next step in your journey to becoming a pediatrician. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions that you have. We love UMass so much that we decided to stay on for an extra Chief year, and we cannot wait to tell you more about UMass.  


Harun Thimmiah 
Courtney Toliiday