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Thank you for your interest in our program! UMass is a terrific place to learn, practice and teach Pediatrics. I have had experience learning and teaching at a number of medical centers large and small.  UMass offers the best of both worlds. We have the volume and diversity of a larger urban medical center, but the personal feel and close collaboration typical of a smaller program. Pediatric residents at UMass get an outstanding education from our dedicated primary care and subspecialty faculty. We strive to create a supportive learning environment with a focus on resident autonomy and quality improvement. We care about what our residents think and are continually making improvements to the program based on our residents’ feedback. The cooperative nature of our environment is easily palpable when you come to UMass. We help our residents find their path and support them as they thrive, which they do! We consistently graduate a healthy mix of primary care and subspecialty pediatricians who land top jobs and fellowships at the most competitive programs in the country. Come visit and take a closer look at what we have to offer!

Mike Fahey
Program Director
 
 

I have been APD for several years now and feel so honored and lucky to have this role. After training in large programs (UCSF thenTinaCloseup.jpg 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
 
 

KateCloseup.jpgGreetings from Worcester! I am a pediatric hospitalist and undoubtedly the best part of my job is getting to know, teach, and learn from our superb residents. Each year, it is a joy to watch our intern class arrive, steady their clinical feet, build friendships as well as their professional styles, and become a part of the UMass team. At our Children’s Medical Center, we see a full range of pediatric conditions and serve a wonderfully diverse community. Given the close-knit nature of our pediatric department, we excel at monitoring individual resident’s needs and interests, helping to craft a tailored pediatric training. Our rotations and teams are structured to help foster independent thinking and promote resident autonomy. Our faculty work hard to teach medicine that is evidence-based, patient-centered, and delivered with care and safety in mind. Our curriculum is thoughtful and of varying modalities for all learners: case conferences, high-fidelity simulation, online/virtual topics, group projects, community-based learning, and resident-as-teacher role, to name a few. I feel confident and proud that our residents graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to hit the ground running as the new fellowship or attending phases of their careers begin. Thank you for checking out our program, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Kate Wynne
Associate Program Director