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Welcome to UMass Children’s Medical Center! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our training program. As you tour this site, we hope you get a sense of what makes our residency special and why we’re excited to share it with you.

Chief residents John Ryan, MD, and Megan McBurnie, MDAlthough we are a small pediatric residency program, we are contained within a high volume, high acuity, tertiary care center. Our pediatric training program, in part due to our size and absence of fellowship programs, benefits from a special focus on resident autonomy, which is nurtured by our close-knit group of attending pediatricians. Our residents graduate confident in their ability to immediately enter general practice or gain entry into fellowship programs of their choice.

The strength of our program is directly related to the strength of the community in which we practice. Worcester, Massachusetts is positioned at the cross-roads of New England. One of the few remaining blue-collar cities in the Northeast, Worcester is a city as diverse ethnically as it is socioeconomically. Your patients are equally likely to be from the rural suburbs of Central Massachusetts or Worcester proper as they are to be from Vietnam, Iraq, or Nepal. We consequently have few gaps in our diagnostic exposures.

The greatest aspect of our program, however, is our residents. Residency is characterized by long hours and hard work, but also by personal and professional growth and new friendships. Our residents are wickedly smart with an enthusiasm and humor which makes coming to work on Worcester winter mornings well worth the dark and cold.

There are many excellent pediatric programs in New England and hope you seriously consider UMass. We train world-class pediatricians and have a lot of fun doing it.

We wish you the best of luck with your application and interview process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We would love to share our excitement for UMass with you.


John Ryan, MD
Megan McBurnie, MD