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We welcome your interest in the Pediatric Residency Training Program at The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center. As the only tertiary care facility for children in Maine, our residency program offers comprehensive training designed to provide an excellent foundation in general pediatrics to prepare our graduates to practice general pediatrics, or, to enter the fellowship of their choice. Our patient population encompasses children throughout the state of Maine and parts of New Hampshire, and includes diverse ethnic groups and multiple socioeconomic backgrounds.
We strongly believe in preventive care and the importance of child advocacy and emphasize these beliefs throughout our training program. Our faculty has a strong commitment to excellence in patient care and teaching. Residents in our program receive primary care, inpatient and outpatient training balanced with critical care and subspecialty experiences. Whether it is in our inpatient unit, our new pediatric intensive care unit, our recently renovated pediatric clinic, our simulation center, or in one of our community and rural affiliated practices, you will experience pediatrics side by side with our attending faculty, and have ample opportunity to take ownership of the healthcare of your patients.
Extensive contact with faculty is the norm here, as we do not have fellows in our program. This permits our residents the opportunity for direct teaching and mentorship from our faculty. Take some time to explore the “Curriculum” section of our website which describes the variety of training settings and opportunities available for rotations. A portion of our curriculum that we are quite proud of is the 6 months of individualized curriculum available to each resident where we work with our learners to develop unique rotation experiences that best meet their future needs. This opportunity, combined with an additional 4 months of subspecialty experience, provides our residents with 10 months of training that is unique to their individual interests. Diverse rotation offerings including Chronic Care Management, neonatal neurology, procedural month experiences and a host of others developed by our attending staff and past residents!
Resident and medical student education is also a priority. Our third year medical students are from the Maine-Tufts Program in Medicine and the University of New England, and students from institutions throughout the country join us for 4th year acting internship and elective experiences.
Thank you for your interest in our program! Consider a visit to meet our faculty and residents and experience the dedication they have for the welfare of children, and the education of pediatricians in training. We look forward to your visit!
Brian Youth, MD
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Medical Director, Newborn Nursery, Department of Pediatrics, BBCH
Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Tom Reynolds, DO
Associate Program Director- Scholarly Activity and Faculty Development, Pediatric Residency Program
Division Director, Pediatric Neurology
Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Pam Dietz, MD
Associate Program Director, Ambulatory Clinics and Resident Wellness, Pediatric Residency Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Welcome to our website, and thank you for your interest in our residency program! I would love the opportunity to share with you some of the things that make Maine Medical Center a unique and amazing place to pursue pediatric residency.
The people: The pediatric faculty at Maine Medical Center are made up from a fantastic mix of “Mainers,” who are devoted to serving the children of Maine, and transplants from across the country ready to share training and ideas from different institutions. Our pediatric faculty are excellent educators and will know you by name, will challenge you to think and make decisions, and will encourage you to embrace the uncomfortable and reflect on the shades of gray that cloak real life medicine. The faculty truly support you and care about your wellbeing, and our program fosters longitudinal relationships between faculty and residents in order to optimize personal and professional growth over the course of residency. These relationships contribute to an open and welcoming learning environment and become an invaluable trait when looking for professional mentorship as you think about career or fellowship planning. If any of the above sounds like something you are looking for, then check out our program!
The size: Our program (with 6 categorical pediatric residents per year as well as 4 med-peds residents each year) is on the smaller side compared with other pediatric residency programs across the nation. The overall size of our program, in addition to the culture of our institution and program detailed above, is what makes our community such a tight-knit place to practice and learn. You will build lifelong friendships with each of your fellow residents in this program, and it is the size of our program that allows the close professional relationships with faculty.
You may ask yourself if a program of our size can still retain the flexibility and work-life balance of a larger program. My answer is absolutely yes! Both our administrative faculty and resident group hold high both of those values and become your champions when professional and personal needs arise. Part of this is because of the program administration’s philosophy, but also because people are always willing to work with you if you need anything (help in coverage, trades in schedule, etc) due to the closeness of our residents.
The teaching: Since residency is the last part of your journey through medical education, I would like to highlight some unique aspects of pediatric resident education at Maine Medical Center. We do have standard classroom-based educational sessions (daily morning reports, weekly Grand Rounds, and 2-3 hours per week of high quality case-based didactic sessions for a protected half-day every Thursday), as do most programs. Our educators take a lot of pride in these lectures, and they are of consistently stellar quality. As good as these sessions are, though, it is the teaching that goes on outside the classroom that makes our residency special. Clinical teaching is emphasized on every rotation, and it manifests in a variety of ways. From the inpatient service’s radiology rounds to newborn “neurology rounds”, each rotation strives to maximize learning opportunities. Additionally, our program’s individualized curriculum allows residents to customize their experience to align with professional interests and goals. Finally, we have a thriving simulation center and curriculum that helps residents train for high acuity situations and provides an opportunity to practice advanced procedures in a multi-disciplinary setting.
The experience: One of my favorite things about this program is its emphasis on protecting “the resident experience” – particularly as it pertains to autonomy. In this day and age, it is easy for residents’ responsibilities and authority to be eroded by a multitude of forces. The attending physicians here are mindful of this, though, and they make a point to stress resident leadership and clinical decision-making. Senior residents run their inpatient teams in every sense of the word, while simultaneously fielding all admission requests from the ED and pediatric consult calls from outside hospitals. While each of these responsibilities can be incredibly challenging at times, the education and experience they provide cannot be overstated. These opportunities serve as just a few examples of how our program pushes residents to grow through clinical experiences.
The location: Last, but certainly not least, is our beautiful location in on the coast of Maine in Portland. If living in a location that offers you the option to walk or bike to work, taste the salty ocean breeze, experience all four seasons, hike/camp/ski in the nearby White mountains, buy locally grown food, or dine out at an abundance of nationally recognized restaurants, then you should definitely check out this program. There’s a reason Maine is called “Vacationland!”
In summary, our program offers the best balance of every world – great training, great people, great location, and great lifestyle. Come visit us and see what it is like first-hand! Additionally, I am happy to answer any questions you may have about our program, so feel free to contact me. Thank you for your interest!
Amy Stepp, MD
Pediatric Chief Resident 2018-2019
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