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Pediatric Residency Program

The Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Residency Program aims to train the next generation of pediatricians to practice innovative, evidence-based, multidisciplinary medicine.
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Overview

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children is a children’s hospital within a world class hospital. Leveraging the resources of this academic center, we are able to meet the diverse and unique learning, research and clinical interests of each of our incredibly talented residents. We do that within a close-knit community where resident support and mentorship are the cornerstones of a safe and productive learning environment. We as a program are invested in your individual and very personal experience of residency.

A Program Designed to Meet Your Individualized Needs

Academically, you are encouraged to design residency to meet your individualized needs. Rather than track residents into pre-defined pathways, we provide an opportunity for residents to explore their diverse interests and create their own path in residency, tailored to individual learning and career needs. Nine months of our residency training are determined by the resident. Residents choose even the “core” subspecialty months, rather than being simply scheduled for a required inpatient subspecialty month. Three months can be completely self- designed and we have had residents create incredibly rich and diverse rotations such pediatric care on a ship-hospital in Cambodia, comparative zoology with veterinarians, creating an emergency medicine curriculum for a brand-new residency program in rural Kenya and working with the Chief Quality Office of the hospital. At MGHfC, one-size does not fit all and no two residents have the exact same training experience because no two residents are exactly the same.

Unparalleled Access to Senior Faculty

Our approach to mentoring is multi-faceted and is adjusted to the needs of the residents. Early in the intern year, residents participate in a mentorship workshop, complete mentoring self-assessments and have an in-person meeting with the chief residents who then work with the administrative team to carefully choose a mentor for each resident based on his/her self-identified interests and mentorship needs. There are group mentoring sessions designed to help residents choose scholarly projects and meet faculty doing research in a speed-dating type model. In the fall we have faculty and graduates come together in the evening for discussions over dinner about careers in acute care, hospital medicine, pediatric medical subspecialties and primary care. These are but a few examples of ways that we try to actualize the view of mentorship as a network, not a single person. At MGHfC, not only are you working in a world-class environment, but you are working directly with the world-class leaders.

The Resources of Massachusetts General Hospital

Institution-wide resources within the Centers of Expertise allow trainees numerous opportunities including small group workshops, funding opportunities, and access to faculty leaders to refine their skills in the areas of Global and Humanitarian Health, Health Policy and Management, Medical Education, Patient Care Quality and Patient Safety and Research). Through initiatives such as this, you gain access not only to leaders in the field of pediatrics, but leaders in medicine across specialties and you become part of a broader community of graduate medical trainees at MGH and Partners. With the current speed of medical advancements, pediatrics can no longer stay insular and pediatricians must work in a broader context of medicine.

A Program Committed to Diversity in All Aspects of the Word

MGHfC strives to create a welcoming environment for its residents, faculty, staff, and patients. As an MGHfC resident, you will have the privilege of caring for patients from a wide range of different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds at our main campus in Boston, our community health centers in Charlestown, Revere and Chelsea, and our affiliated community hospitals in Cambridge, Salem and Newton. MGH Chelsea Health Center, for example, cares for one of the largest and most diverse immigrant populations in all of Massachusetts! Our residents and staff come from many different backgrounds as well. We cannot think of a more perfect example than our own Pediatric Cardiology Department, where our staff of doctors is fluent in at least 5 different languages! MGHfC is committed to recruiting and supporting a multicultural workforce of pediatricians to reflect our beautiful and diverse patient population. We are proud to collaborate with the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion as well the LGBT Employee Resource Group to promote and support underrepresented minorities in medicine throughout MGH.

Life-Long Relationships

The motto of care for patients at MGHfC is “Once we start caring, we never stop;” it is meant to reflect the value we place in caring for patients from in utero through birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and end of life. Once a patient at MGH, always a patient at MGH. Similarly, once you’ve joined the MGHfC Residency family, you will always be a part of it. Graduates routinely return to “catch up” and share news of personal life events with program directors and faculty, but even more importantly, to receive mentorship as their careers unfold.. It is not a coincidence that many of our graduates over the years have stayed or come back to the MGHfC at some point in their careers, and we take pride in the extended family of MGHfC pediatricians we are creating.

Our Residents

PL-1: Interns (PDF)
PL 2: Juniors (PDF)
PL 3: Seniors (PDF)

 

Residency Leadership

Leadership (PDF)
Chief Residents (PDF)
Residency Coordinators (PDF)

Curriculum

We train physicians in all aspects of general pediatrics with an emphasis on graduated autonomy and individualized training. With mentorship, you choose your own subspecialty electives and created your own individuated curriculum rotations. Our goal is to prepare you for a lifetime of service to children whether you choose a career as a generalist or as a pediatric specialist. Consequently, our residents experience the full range of the practice of pediatrics including community health clinics and private practices, community hospitals and world-renowned quaternary care centers. Our graduates enter all fields of pediatrics and we value the chance to train both community-oriented primary care pediatricians and subspecialist pediatrician scientists.

Resident Rotation Schedules

Inpatient Overview (PDF)
Mass General Inpatient Wards (PDF)
Ward Teach (PDF)
Pediatric Surgery (PDF)
Newborn (PDF)

Acute Illness Overview (PDF)
Emergency Department (PDF)
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (PDF)
Brigham and Women's Hospital Neonatal Medicine Rotation (PDF)
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PDF)

Community Pediatrics Overview (PDF)
Ambulatory Care Rotations (PDF)
Newton-Wellesley Hospital (PDF)

Subspecialty Elective & Pediatric Individualized Curriculum (PIC) Rotations
We work hard to help resident design residency to meet their individualized educational goals. Rather than track residents into pre-defined and potentially narrow categories, we provide an opportunity for residents to explore their diverse interests and create a residency specific to their own learning and career needs, which may span several traditional “tracks.” A total of 9.5 months of residency are therefore chosen by an individual resident, with mentorship from faculty. Six and a half months of electives are within the core subspecialties listed by the ACGME and residents choose these rather than being assigned by the program to staff the GI or pulm service, for example. An additional three months of “individualized curriculum” can be completely self-designed and we have had residents create incredibly rich and diverse rotations such working on a hospital-boat in Cambodia, working on comparative zoology with veterinarians, working in Kenya to create an emergency medicine curriculum and working with the Chief Quality Office of the hospital. At MGHfC, one-size does not fit all and no two residents have the exact same training experience because no two residents are exactly the same. We value resident individuality and autonomy in designing their training to meet their needs.

Faculty

Our faculty are leaders in their fields. They are also incredibly available to trainees for mentorship, guidance and clinical supervision. Working directly with the faculty, without a large number of fellows in between, is an often-cited highlight of the program by our residents. We invite applicants to read more about our faculty and our clinical and research programs by exploring the MGHfC home pageand reading about recent MGHfC news and events.

Faculty Rotation Directors

Pediatric Hospitalist Service
Kerstin Zanger, MD
Ann Kao, MD

Pediatric Emergency Department
Ari Cohen, MD

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Brian Cummings, MD

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Kate Sparger, MD

Newborn Services
Nicole Randazzo-Ahern, MD

MGHfC at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Carol Moore, MD

MGHfC at Cambridge Hospital
Pooja Rutberg, MD
Anita Gupta, MD

Adolescent Medicine
Kathryn Brigham, MD

Pediatric Allergy/Immunology
Yamini Virkud, MD

Pediatric Cardiology
Oscar Benavidez, MD

Child Protection
Alice Newton, MD

Pediatric Dermatology
Daniela Kroshinsky, MD

Development and Behavioral Pediatrics
Yamini Howe, MD

Pediatric Endocrinology
Madhu Misra, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology
Kriston Ganguli, MD

Genetics and Metabolism
Paula Goldenberg, MD

Global Health
Kate Powis, MD, MPH

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Howard Weinstein, MD

Pediatric Infectious Disease
Mark Pasternack, MD

Pediatric Nephrology
Amita Sharma, MD

Pediatric Neurology
Mary Z. Elibol, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology
Christopher Hartnick, MD

Pediatric Pulmonology
Shannon Fracchia, MD

Pediatric Radiology
Katherine Nimkin, MD

Pediatric Rheumatology
Holly Rothermel, MD

Pediatric Sports Medicine
Jeff Kreher, MD

Resident Community

One of the best things about the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Residency is the people!

Residents enjoy a weekend on the Cape
Residents enjoy a weekend on the Cape

Each year, the residency program gets together for multiple exciting social activities, taking advantage of the incredible city of Boston around us as well as the beautiful New England countryside that surrounds the city on three sides.

Specifically, we have official activities hosted by our Wellness Committee throughout the year, most recently including peach picking and wine tasting at Nashoba Valley Winery and Orchard, drinks and appetizers at resident homes, bowling at Sacco’s with gourmet brick oven pizza, hiking on Mt. Wachusett, and tea parties at the program director’s house. And there are plenty of unofficial resident-initiated activities throughout the year because we just like to hang out with each other outside of the hospital! We have so much fun together and we can’t wait to share it all with you!

Senior residents at a brunch for Professional and Personal Development Curriculum
Senior residents at a brunch for Professional and Personal Development Curriculum

Here are some quotes from current residents when they were asked about the Resident and Community life at MGHfC:

“After my first day of intern orientation, my first thought was: wow, this decision was the best I've ever made.” –A MGHfC Intern

“I love my life at MGHfC! Residents ahead of me told me that they felt of MGHfC as another family and very quickly into intern year, I understood exactly what they meant. These are my people. While so many fun memories have occurred outside the hospital (Red Sox games, many great meals out, resident happy hours, the list go on), it's the camaraderie within the hospital and within our program that makes it so special. This is a program that looks out for each other, lifts one another up when you need it, and at its core, helps you become the pediatrician that YOU want to be. Residency is a challenging time no matter where you go, feeling supported and valued and having a great time while doing so has made all the difference.” –A MGHfC Junior Resident

Residents on a weekend summer hike on Mt. Wachusett
Residents on a weekend summer hike on Mt. Wachusett

“Being in Boston for residency means Cape Escapes on the weekends with your co-residents.” –A MGHfC Senior Resident

“I love my co-residents because we always have each other’s backs- always lending a hand to help or support each other.” –A MGHfC Senior Resident

Alumni

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children Alumni Association

Medical alumni of the residency and fellowship programs at MassGeneral Hospital for Children have gone on to pursue excellence in pediatric medicine in hospitals across the United States and around the world. Many have assumed leadership roles in clinical practice and research. Learn more.

We encourage you to use this site to learn about alumni events and to stay connected with the hospital and your fellow alumni. For more information, please email MGHfCalumni@partners.org.

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To learn about alumni events including speakers and receptions at national conferences, please sign up for the alumni association.

Residency Initiatives

A Focus on Advocacy

Residents participate in the annual RFDASH (Residents and Fellows Day At the State House
Residents participate in the annual RFDASH (Residents and Fellows Day At the State House

At MGHfC we believe advocacy is central to the profession of pediatrics and we strive to prepare residents to remain life-long advocates for children and their families. Current residents participate in advocacy in a variety of ways. All residents have the opportunity to become involved in the MGHfC Resident Advocacy Group, which includes a program delegate to the AAP from every categorical and medicine-pediatrics class. The advocacy group hosts events and speakers year-round, the largest of which is the annual Residents’ and Fellows’ Day at the State House. Residents also have the opportunity to take on year-round roles with in the Massachusetts Chapter of the AAP and the Massachusetts Medical Society. MGHfC is proud of our graduates and faculty who hold remarkable community and advocacy roles and we are fortunate to have frequent conferences, longitudinal curriculum sessions and grand rounds to hear about current issues facing our community. Recent topics we have had the opportunity to learn about include: homelessness, food insecurity, human trafficking, non-accidental trauma, care of immigrant and refugee families, opioid addiction and changing healthcare payment systems. MGHfC also strives to incorporate advocacy into our clinical curriculum and residents will visit many programs serving at-risk populations in Boston and the surrounding area during Development and Ambulatory rotations. MGHfC seeks residents who are passionate about the role of pediatricians toward bettering children’s lives through advocacy and community initiatives in addition to our roles as clinicians. Applicants who have more questions about advocacy efforts at MGHfC should contact our chief residents who can connect you to one of our advocacy group members by email or during your interview day. For more information on advocacy work from our own residents, please click here.

Sincerely,

-  MGHfC Advocacy Group

Pediatric Residents in Medical Education (PRIME) at MGHfC

PRIME is made up of a group of residents who are committed not only to our own education but also to improving in our role as clinical teachers for students, patients, and our fellow residents. We have several ongoing projects right now, including increasing connections to the preclinical Harvard medical students, creating resident-led teaching and simulation sessions for students and residents on the wards, and piloting observed structured teaching experiences for residents. Applicants who have more questions about medical education initiatives at MGHfC should contact our chief residents who can connect you to one of our group members by email or during your interview day.

Evidence-Based Medicine at MGHfC

Residents and faculty leading a procedural curriculum in Boston
Residents and faculty leading a procedural curriculum in Boston

At MGHfC we embrace utilizing evidence-based medicine in our clinical decision making. Among other initiatives, our evidence-based medicine committee hosts monthly journal clubs to facilitate resident engagement with relevant literature. “Journal Pubs,” which are resident led discussions of topics of their choosing, are opportunities for residents to both critically appraise studies and enjoy the company of their peers and expert faculty. Applicants who have more questions about evidence-based medicine initiatives at MGHfC should contact our chief residents who can connect you to one of our group members by email or during your interview day.

DRIVE Committee

 Resident-led social Journal “pub” with faculty participation (Evidence-Based Medicine at MGHfC)
Resident-led social Journal “pub” with faculty participation (Evidence-Based Medicine at MGHfC)

The Designing Residency Innovation, Vision, and Educational goals, or DRIVE, Committee is the committee which is the driving force behind all of the major changes in the program. It is made up of residents, faculty who lead clinical rotations, and the program administrative team. DRIVE meets at the beginning of each academic year to set the program’s priorities for the year, based on requirements from the ACGME and feedback from the residents and faculty from our annual end-of-year survey. Once our priorities are set, the DRIVE committee forms working groups to address the areas on which we want to improve and meets several times over the course of the year to chart our progress towards those goals. This is the committee which redesigned our rotations in the setting of work hour changes, set the groundwork for the longitudinal curriculum and is always working on updating and improving our evaluations, didactics, EBM curriculum, and scholarly activities.

Wellness Committee

What makes MGHfC stand out from the rest? The people! We realize how taxing residency is and make resident (and fellow!) wellness a priority. The MGHfC wellness committee is comprised of residents, fellows, and faculty who aim to provide fun activities that span across the classes to further promote a sense of community. Along with that, we organize morning and noon conferences focused on wellness techniques to provide residents with the tools they need to not only survive residency, but thrive in it.

A Program Committed to Diversity in All Aspects of the Word

MGHfC strives to create a welcoming environment for its residents, faculty, staff, and patients. As an MGHfC resident, you will have the privilege of caring for patients from a wide range of different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds at our main campus in Boston, our community health centers in Charlestown, Revere and Chelsea, and our affiliated community hospitals in Cambridge, Salem and Newton. MGH Chelsea Health Center, for example, cares for one of the largest and most diverse immigrant populations in all of Massachusetts! Our residents and staff come from many different backgrounds as well. We cannot think of a more perfect example than our own Pediatric Cardiology Department, where our staff of doctors is fluent in at least 5 different languages! MGHfC is committed to recruiting and supporting a multicultural workforce of pediatricians to reflect our beautiful and diverse patient population. We are proud to collaborate with the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion as well the LGBT Employee Resource Group to promote and support underrepresented minorities in medicine throughout MGH.

How to Apply

THANK YOU for your interest in our program. We are delighted that you are considering a residency at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

We offer a three year categorical pediatrics program (NRMP 1261320C0) and a one year preliminary pediatrics program (NRMP 1261320P0) prior to advanced training programs (e.g. dermatology, radiology, anesthesiology, etc). In addition, we offer combined training with Child Neurology, providing 2 years of pediatrics training linked to ongoing training at MGH (NRMP 1261320P1). These slots are linked and are only available to those who match at MGH. Inquiries about Child Neurology are generally directed to that program and we interview jointly with them.

We utilize the electronic residency application service(ERAS) and offer positions through the NRMP match for all incoming PL1 applicants. We will not accept applications through any other mechanism. The deadline for completed applications is October 15th, although we encourage applicants to try to submit by October 1st. Please note that we do not typically send out interview offers until mid-October. Please allow us time to review your application. We ask you not contact us to check on the status of your application until after October 20th. Occasionally we do have other openings and inquiries about PL2 or PL3 positions should be addressed to: residencyrecruitment@partners.org.

Please plan to submit three letters of recommendation in addition to the Dean's Medical Student Performance Evaluation. We prefer letters from faculty who know you well. We do not require a letter from your Pediatric Chairman.

We look forward to hearing from you in the fall when you begin your application process through ERAS. If you are enrolled in a U.S. Medical School and wish to do a rotation with us, please contact the Harvard Medical School registrar's office.

We are grateful for your interest and look forward to your application.

Sincerely yours,

Shannon E. Scott-Vernaglia, MD
Pediatric Program Director

Contact

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MGHfC Pediatric Residency Program

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Residency Leadership

 Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MD
Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MD
Residency Program Director
sscottvernaglia@partners.org
Phone: 617-726-2687
Location: CPZS 588
 Ariel Frey-Vogel, MD, MAT
Ariel Frey-Vogel, MD, MAT
Associate Program Director
afrey@partners.org
Phone: 617-726-2687
Location: CPZS 592
 Katherine Sparger, MD
Katherine Sparger, MD
Associate Program Director
ksparger@partners.org
Phone: 617-726-2687
Location: CPZS 590
       
 Mel McKenna
Mel McKenna, MHA
Residency Coordinator
mrmckenna1@partners.org
Phone: 617-726-2687
Location: CPZS 591
 Carlina Maria
Carlina A. Maria
Residency Coordinator
cmaria@partners.org
Phone: 617-726-2553
Location: CPZS 585B
 Christine Hurley
Christine Hurley
Residency Coordinator
churley3@partners.org
Phone: 617-726-7782
Location: CPZS 591
       
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Jennifer Hanson, MD
Chief Resident
MGHPediatric
ChiefResidents@ partners.org
Phone: 617-724-5991
Location: Ellison 17
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Carlos Torres
Chief Resident
MGHPediatric
ChiefResidents@ partners.org

Phone: 617-724-5991
Location: Ellison 17
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Youyang Yang, MD
Chief Resident
MGHPediatric
ChiefResidents@ partners.org
Phone: 617-724-1929
Location: Ellison 17

 

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