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Message from the Chief Residents

Welcome! 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 are eager to share it with you.

We are a small-medium pediatric residency program, contained within a high volume, high acuity, tertiary care center. Our pediatric training program, in part due to our size and presence of only a few select fellowship programs, benefits from a distinctive 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 value 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. The second most populous city in the Northeast, with strong blue collar roots, Worcester today is a hub as diverse ethnically as it is socioeconomically. Our patients are equally likely to be from the rural suburbs of Central Massachusetts or downtown Worcester as they are to be from Vietnam, Iraq, Nepal, or other areas of the world. We consequently gain exposure to a variety of diagnoses and cultures, preparing our residents for any clinical setting they choose to pursue.

The greatest aspect of our program, however, is our residents. Residency is characterized by 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 some occasional snow shoveling! Many of our trainees stay local after graduation and continue to enrich the value of our program.

There are many excellent pediatric residency programs in New England; we are proud to offer a fulfilling opportunity with the unique charm and spirit of our UMass family. 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 do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We would love to share our excitement for UMass with you.


Casey Fein, MD
Kristen Richard, MD