Explore This Residency Program
MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) is a children’s hospital within a world-class hospital. You can glimpse the depth and breadth of the patients by browsing the NEJM Case Records of the MGH. 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.
Marielle Young, MD
MGHfC is truly my ‘perfect fit’ – an incredible combination of clinical training, research opportunities, mentorship and focus on advocacy and caring for underserved populations.
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 Mass General. Learn more about diversity and cultural competence at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
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 Mass General and Mass General Brigham. With the current speed of medical advancements, pediatrics can no longer stay insular and pediatricians must work in a broader context of medicine.
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 Mass General, always a patient at Mass General. 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.
Meet Our ResidentsMeet Our Residents Meet Our Alumni
Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MD
Dr. Shannon Scott-Vernaglia is a general pediatrician in the MGH Pediatric Group Practice and the Program Director for the Pediatrics Residency Program at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children where she holds the Robinson endowed Chair in Pediatrics. Originally from Long Island, she first came to Boston to attend Harvard College, returning to New York for medical school at SUNY Stony Brook. She trained in pediatrics at MGH and has been a part of the program leadership since completing her chief residency in 2003.
Dr. Scott-Vernaglia has devoted her career to two things: caring for children and families and educating the next generation of physicians—two parallel paths. In primary care, one is a family’s gentle guide along a path that may seem straight at first, but which often has turns or uneven ground to be encountered in the development both of the child and the family, in wellness and in ill health. With students and residents, one is similarly guiding, creating the opportunities for skills to be learned, while helping with decisions when forks in the path are encountered, and being there to offer a hand when uneven ground causes someone to stumble.
Dr. Scott-Vernaglia maintains an active general pediatrics practice, where she loves caring for patients and families in a setting that also allows for the teaching of medical students and residents. She is motivated by her love of the patient and family story. Her medical education interests include simulation, narrative medicine, reflective practice, physician mental health, and faculty development. In addition to being a local leader in medical education at MGH, Dr. Scott-Vernaglia is active in the Association of Pediatric Program Directors and serves as a senior editor for pediatric educational products published by the New England Journal of Medicine.
Ariel Frey-Vogel, MD
Associate Program Director
Dr. Ariel Frey-Vogel grew up in Acton, MA, and went to Harvard University for her undergraduate degree. She then spent two years teaching third grade in Baltimore City with Teach for America while obtaining her Masters in the Art of Teaching at Johns Hopkins University. She returned north for medical school at Yale and did her residency in combined internal medicine and pediatrics at MGH, acting as chief resident for the program in her fourth year. She was thrilled to be asked to stay on after residency and spends a quarter of her time as an Associate Program Director for the MGHfC Pediatric Residency Program and half practicing primary care med-peds at an MGH community site in Everett. She recently took on the role of Director of Curriculum Development and Evaluation for the MGHfC Department of Pediatrics and is heading the new Pediatric Education, Innovation, and Research Center at MGHfC in that role. She enjoys spending time with her third year med student husband and two young children.
Daniel Hall, MD
Associate Program Director
Dr. Daniel Hall is originally from Derry, NH, about an hour north of Boston. He studied Biology and Physics at Bowdoin College in Maine. The year after graduation, he worked closely with the college and the Brunswick community as an Americorps volunteer coordinating local mentoring programs for elementary and middle school aged children. He returned to Boston to attend BU School of Medicine and completed his pediatrics residency at MGH, staying on for an additional year as a chief resident. He currently works in primary care at the MGH Revere Healthcare Center. He continues to teach residents on the wards as well as the resident as educator program. Dan lives in Boston with his wife who works in education, his two kids, and their Germam shepherd mutt. Outside of work, he is an avid runner and enjoys the challenge of maneuvering around the city streets behind the wheels of a baby jogger.
Katherine Sparger, MD
Associate Program Director
Dr. Katherine Sparger is originally from the Midwest and grew up in Wisconsin and Ohio. She attended Miami University as an undergraduate and the University of Chicago for medical school. She was a pediatric resident and chief resident in the Boston Combined Residency Program. Kate subsequently pursued neonatology training in the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program where she served a year as chief fellow. Post-fellowship, Kate was invited to stay on as faculty in the neonatal intensive care unit at MGH. Kate joined the MGHfC Pediatric Residency Program as an Associate Program Director in 2014. Professionally, she is interested in medical education, simulation, and is currently working on developing and organizing scholarship opportunities for residents. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 year old daughter.
Carlina A. Maria, MBA, MSA
Senior Medical Education Coordinator
Carlina started working with MGHfC in 2015 and has been working in medical education for over a decade. She earned dual Masters’ Degrees in Business Administration and Accounting from Suffolk University in 2017. She is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Carlina is the lead coordinator for continuity clinic scheduling, evaluation management and tracking, elective requirement tracking, website maintenance, and budget management. What she loves most about MGHfC is being part of a team that shares the same values as her and advocates for their patients, employees and community. Carlina loves spending time with her family, photography and learning new computer programming languages.
Medical Education Coordinator
A Cinematic Arts & Technology graduate of CSU, Monterey Bay, Leslie has been applying her stage, film, and event production & management skills to Medical Education since 2010. Her career in MedEd began at Stanford University’s School of Medicine: Standardized Patient Program. She moved to Massachusetts in 2014 and joined the MGHfC Residency Coordinator Team, November of 2019. Leslie manages the program’s simulation calendar; Resident recruitment, credentialing, certification, onboarding, and orientation; along with alumni relations. She dedicates herself to being an ally for marginalized and underrepresented communities; loves painting, spending time with her family, and deeply loves her two hometowns of Cali, Colombia and the Bay Area.
Margaret Fallon, MD
Harvard Medical School
Maggie grew up in Cohasset, Massachusetts. She studied chemical and physical biology at Harvard College for her undergraduate degree. After college, she taught high school science in Phoenix, Arizona with Teach for America and obtained her Master's of Secondary Education at Arizona State University. She returned to Massachusetts to attend medical school at Harvard. In her free time, Maggie enjoys spinning, running, going to the beach and spending time outside with her husband, two year old son, and mini-labradoodle. Maggie has absolutely loved becoming a pediatrician within the warm and supportive environment at MGHfC and is thrilled to be staying another year as a chief resident.
Jenna Lillemoe, MD
New York University School of Medicine
Jenna grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota prior to attending the University of Chicago where she earned her BA in History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science and Medicine (HIPS) and played on the varsity basketball team. She then moved out east to New York to attend medical school at NYU, prior to moving to Boston for residency. She is pursuing a career in pediatric emergency medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring the outdoors (in Boston and New England area) with her husband and dog, Wilson.
Alexandra Lucas, MD
Geisel School of Medicine
Alex grew up in North Andover, Massachusetts and went to college at Dartmouth, where she studied neuroscience and math. She stayed in Hanover for medical school at Dartmouth and was thrilled to come back to Massachusetts for residency at MGHfC. She is planning to pursue a pediatric critical care fellowship. Outside of the hospital, she likes to read, cook, play squash and cross country ski.
Alex is honored to be a chief resident. She has so valued the level of support and caring in the program, from the administration through resident-resident interactions and is thrilled to have another year to work with this amazing community!
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 create 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.
Pediatric Residency Rotations
- Adolescent Medicine Rotation
- Ambulatory Medicine - Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) Community Health Rotation
- Brigham & Women's Hospital Neonatal Medicine Rotation
- CHA Pediatric Emergency Medicine Rotation
- Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Rotation
- MGH Inpatient Medicine Rotation
- MGH Newborn Rotation
- MGH Pediatric Emergency Medicine Rotation
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Rotation
- Newton-Wellesley Hospital Community Inpatient Medicine Rotation
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Rotation
- Pediatric Surgery
- Subspecialty Elective & Pediatric Individualized Curriculum
- Ward Teach Rotation
One of the best things about the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Residency is the people!
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 and apple picking, wine tasting at Nashoba Valley Winery, drinks and appetizers at resident homes, picnics on the Charles River, bowling at Sacco’s with gourmet brick oven pizza, hiking on Mt. Wachusett,
social gatherings at the program director’s house, and many more. 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!
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.” –An MGHfC Intern
“I love my life at MGHfC! Residents ahead of me told me that they think 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.” –An MGHfC Junior Resident
“I love my co-residents because we always have each other’s backs- always lending a hand to help or support each other.” –An MGHfC Senior Resident
As you can see, we love MGHfC and hope you will too!
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.
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.Meet our alumni
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To learn about alumni events including speakers and receptions at national conferences, please sign up for the alumni association.
How to Apply for 2020-2021 Residency Applicants
The Pediatric Residency Program welcomes inquiries from all interested applicants. We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and do not accept paper applications. Applicants should have 3 letters of recommendations from faculty who know you well. We do not require all steps of the USMLE in order to review your application, but passage of USMLE Steps 1, 2CK and 2CS are required to start residency training. We do consider International Medical Graduates on a case-by-case basis, and if matched, typically sponsor J1 visas.
Those who would like to submit a formal application should do so through ERAS. All applications should be submitted by October 25th.
Interested applicants should explore the MGHfC Pediatrics Residency Recruitment page.
The Pediatric Residency Program offers the following:
- A three-year categorical pediatrics program (NRMP 1261320C0)
- A one-year preliminary pediatrics program prior to advanced training programs, such as dermatology, radiology, anesthesiology, etc. (NRMP 1261320P0)
- A two-year combined Pediatrics and Child Neurology program linked to ongoing training at MGH (NRMP 1261320P1) These slots are linked and only available to those who match at MGH. Inquiries about Child Neurology are generally directed to that program and we interview jointly with them.
Questions regarding application requirements, important deadlines or PGY-2/PGY-3 positions should be directed to
Residency Recruitment Coordinator
Due to the change in ERAS scheduling, the application deadline for the Pediatric Residency Program is October 25.
Interview offers are typically sent out approximately 2 weeks after applications become available, to allow time for a holistic review of your application. All decisions are sent out at the same time and those invited to interview have at least 48 hours in which to respond without any risk of getting a less desirable interview date.
The Pediatric Residency Program offers the following:
- A three-year categorical pediatrics program (NRMP 1261320C0)
- A one-year preliminary pediatrics program prior to advanced training programs, such as dermatology, radiology, anesthesiology, neuroscience track child neurology, etc. (NRMP 1261320P0)
- We also collaborate with the Medicine-Pediatrics residency, Child Neurology residency and Psychiatry-Child Psychiatry training track. Please refer to those specific programs for more information.
If you are an international medical school graduate and wish to apply, please contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to submit your ERAS application. We sponsor J-1 visas. In some situations, we’ll consider sponsoring H1B visas, and applicants have to have passed USMLE Step 3 prior to the ROL deadline to be considered for an H1B.
MGHfC Residency Informational Webinars
- Wednesday 9/2, 8-9pm ET: MGHfC Pediatrics Residency: MGHfC Mantra "Never Worry Alone" Virtual Interviewing Edition
- Registration https://forms.gle/ApjQKbMwyJSmHnKj9
- Monday 9/7, 8-9pm ET: Preliminary (1-year) Pediatrics Training at MGHfC for budding Pediatric Dermatologists / Anesthesiologists / Radiologists / Etc.
- Registration https://forms.gle/LNpYTGBxHTLseTMb9
- Monday 9/15, 8-9pm ET: MGHfC Pediatrics Residency: Learn what diversity, equity, and belonging mean at MGHfC for our patients, residents, and community
- Registration https://forms.gle/XxSCBCaGfCkPwHH7A
Visiting Clerkship ProgramThe Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP) is designed to increase medical student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine, to increase student consideration of academic training programs for internship and residency, and especially, to increase the number of national minority students applying to hospital training programs affiliated with Harvard Medical School.
Resources for Applicants
- Medicine/Pediatrics Program
- HMS Clerkship Exchange Program
- Center for Diversity and Inclusion
- HMS Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Partnerships
The mission of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Residency Program is “To develop a diverse group of independent, innovative pediatric leaders through education and personalized mentorship in a supportive academic learning environment committed to excellence in family centered clinical care, research, and advocacy” We aim to train the next generation of pediatricians to practice innovative, evidence-based, multi-disciplinary medicine.
Our training program teaches residents to provide state-of-the-art patient care in diverse settings. At MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), residents work in "a hospital within a hospital," allowing them to leverage the resources of one of the oldest general hospitals in the world. While at our community hospital sites (Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Cambridge Health Alliance), they provide expert care in neighboring communities, in conjunction with MGHfC specialists, close to patients’ homes, easing the burden of illness for families. It also affords residents the opportunity to learn how to recognize disease at its first presentation in the community and how to identify children who need an increased level of care. Our residents then learn how to care for children who require more specialized or intensive care when they rotate through our state-of-the-art 18-bed NICU and 14-bed PICU at MGHfC. The MGHfC Pediatric Emergency Department is also an incredible learning environment as the only center in the region with simultaneous designations as a level I adult trauma and burn center and level I pediatric trauma center.
The bedrock of general pediatrics training allows our residents to explore varied career opportunities and prepares them to achieve extraordinary professional success. Our graduates are some of the most trusted primary care providers in their communities and some of the region's top subspecialists. About half of our graduates continue their training in the most competitive fellowship programs in the country.
Our residents are a diverse group of extraordinary individuals who form a tight-knit community and excel in many areas above and beyond pediatrics. We have an extraordinarily active advocacy group that has been honored with several awards including the prestigious national Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award. Many of our residents are involved in the MGHfC Global Health Program. Residents enjoy each other's company outside of medicine as well (To learn more about resident life, visit the Resident Life and Community tab.)
We hope that you’ll enjoy learning more about our program. We look forward to learning more about you through the application and interview process.