Message from the Program Directors

Welcome to Pediatrics at UMass! I hope you enjoy exploring our website to get to know our residents, our program, our chair, Tina, me and even Worcester itself.  Our aim is to provide you with the information you need, but also to convey the close-knit and collegial program we strive to create to foster the best environment for your learning and the best care for the children of central Massachusetts.  I joined the faculty here right out of my own residency because I was drawn to the opportunity to practice in an academic setting, care for an urban patient population and have ample time to teach students and residents.  That was 17 years ago and every year I remain more convinced I have the best job ever – I get to serve as program director,  a rotation director, a medical student preceptor and a primary care physician.  It is clear to me that faculty join our pediatric department because they love to teach and see patients.  Our philosophy is to teach in a collaborative, “non-hierarchial” manner where all learners feel empowered to share ideas, contribute to the plan of care, and feel part of the team.  We excel at providing appropriate supervision but promote early and progressive autonomy to our residents.  This is achievable because the faculty really know the residents well and vice-versa. And through our unique community-based primary care program, our residents help keep our community physicians well-connected to the care of their patients.   In their community practices, they witness and participate in advocacy and community pediatrics firsthand.  I hope you can see there’s a lot to learn about our program, so keep reading, and hopefully you will be drawn to come visit us yourself.

Mark Vining
Program Director


I have been APD for 5 years and feel so honored and lucky to have this role.   After training in large programs (UCSF then Boston Children’s), then beginning my ID career at UMass in 2011,  I have come to recognize the beauty of a smaller residency program.   The UMass Pediatric division and residency are a second family to me, and I know my colleagues and our residents share this feeling.  Faculty at UMass get to watch our residents blossom as clinicians first hand.  There is rarely a month that passes that I don’t interact with each and every resident, clinically, at conference or socially.   Our residents have diverse interests for their futures, but they share a passion for practicing excellent evidence-based care in all settings and serving as compassionate providers.  Our residents have the ability to work one-on-one with world class faculty, but also feel “ownership” for their patients.  They are looked to as the first-line provider by their patients in continuity clinic, on the wards and in the ICUs.  The UMass residents impress me and make me proud every day.  Thank you for looking at our program!

Tina Hermos
Associate Program Director