Pediatrics

Department Goals

The faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine are unified by an unflinching commitment to excellence, professionalism, service, and discovery. We believe that our success as a department is dependent upon exceptional achievement in each of our core missions of clinical care, research, and education.

Overview of the Department of Pediatrics

Faculty

The Department of Pediatrics contains 92 full-time faculty, which includes 5 faculty with a PhD. Of the total, 40 percent are associate or full professors, 78 percent are women, and 21 percent are underrepresented minorities.

Clinical Programs

The department’s clinical programs provide a full range of clinical services to an extraordinarily diverse patient population from within Boston as well as the greater New England region. The clinical services have a distinguished history of providing care to vulnerable patient populations. The integration of the department’s compelling social mission with a rigorous academic tradition creates an especially rich environment for patient care, training, and discovery.

Research Programs

The department’s research programs foster a spirit of inquiry across the department’s clinical and educational programs, and extend beyond the walls of the medical center into the surrounding communities. Child health research at BUSM brings new preventive, diagnostic, and treatment modalities to our patient population, with emphasis areas in sickle cell disease, social epidemiology, health information technology, drug addiction, and mental health services. The department has an outstanding record of recruiting talented young researchers, 12 of whom have received K and/or other career development awards. It is also the home to many large NIH and foundation research awards. Over the past 10 years, the department has received over $30 million in research grants. These projects derive from a rich tradition of mentorship and critical thinking, and are fostered by a supportive and collegial environment that encourages faculty and trainees to work and learn collaboratively.

Educational Programs

The department’s educational programs have a long-standing tradition of training national leaders in research, clinical care, and medical education. The present faculty enthusiastically embrace this tradition and are eager to promote the development of the next generation of leaders in medicine. The Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) in Pediatrics was formed to meet the needs of the future, bringing together the training programs of Boston Medical Center (formerly Boston City Hospital) and Boston Children’s Hospital. Boston Medical Center has a long and important history of clinical research, advocacy, public policy, and primary care training for pediatricians. Boston Children’s Hospital is the nation’s leading research and training institution dedicated to the care of children, adolescents, and young adults with unusual and complex medical problems. Currently, the BCRP has over 120 residents with almost 40% having an advanced degree. The goals of the department’s educational programs are to attract the most outstanding trainees, enforce rigorous standards of achievement, develop a learning environment and individualized programs of study that help trainees reach their full potential, and to create an exemplary mixture of professionalism, service, and integrity.

Undergraduate medical education is a core mission of the BMC Department of Pediatrics. Our goal is not only to educate our medical students on the fundamental principles of pediatric medicine, but to provide a deeper understanding for the impact of pediatric advocacy, social determinants of health, quality improvement, and scholarly work on the care of pediatric patients and their families. The opportunities for medical student education in the Department of Pediatrics take various forms over the course of the four years of medical school. In the preclinical years, some students will have the opportunity to work with pediatricians as part of their Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. Here, students will learn the basics of interviewing and examining pediatric and adolescent patients, supervised by their preceptor. The medical school’s pediatric interest group, which is run by first- and second-year students, works closely with the department throughout the year to facilitate and organize lectures, luncheons, and other gatherings with current faculty and residents. The group maintains a website with information about volunteer, research, and shadowing opportunities within the department.

During the third year of medical school, students will rotate through the six-week core clerkship in pediatrics. Clinical instruction in pediatrics for medical students takes place at Boston Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as several community hospitals in the area. Students will have the opportunity to work not only on an inpatient ward, but also in an assortment of other clinical areas such as: the newborn nursery, outpatient primary care, subspecialty clinics, and pediatric emergency department, thus providing a varied exposure to the practice of pediatrics. The patient care experience is supplemented with weekly didactics, case-based seminars, and team-based learning modules provided by BMC’s pediatric faculty. The fourth-year pediatric subinternships and electives provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate greater independence and mastery of certain aspects of patient care, and deepen their understanding of subspecialty pediatrics. Students can elect to enroll in subinternships at BMC on the inpatient ward, NICU, PICU, and pediatric emergency department. Electives exist in many of the subspecialty divisions and, in addition, there are unique opportunities to use elective time to initiate a project in pediatric advocacy, quality improvement, and pediatric curriculum with our faculty who are committed to these aspects of pediatric care and education.