About Our Program

About Our Program

Collaboration and growing autonomy

We believe that, to grow as a medical practitioner, you as a resident need to be directly responsible for providing children and families with compassionate, effective care while having appropriate, on-site supervision at all times. Even when children are seen and cared for by subspecialists, you will maintain primary responsibility for the care of that child, all the while benefiting from strong, collaborative relationships with attending physicians in the Department of Pediatrics and other medical and surgical subspecialties.

A blend of general and subspecialty pediatrics

At the University of Virginia Children's Hospital, your residency training is designed to be an outstanding balance between general pediatrics and the pediatric subspecialties, including clinical and basic research. The result will give you confidence as a general practitioner as well as a strong background should you choose to pursue a specialization or a career in academics. Every morning you will gather with other residents for thirty minutes to meet with the faculty and discuss interesting patients. During the lunch-hour teaching conferences, you will hear presentations from a wide spectrum of subspecialties. Both of these opportunities enable you to receive the maximum educational experience from a majority of the faculty.

Progressive roles in supervision and teaching

Our program is organized with two PL-4 residents as Chief Residents. They join PL-3 residents in teaching and supervising PGY1 residents. PL-2 residents spend a significant portion of their time in subspecialty electives. This arrangement promotes teaching and supervision of PL-1 residents by residents who have already had exposure to subspecialties and additional time in pediatric training.



"I entered residency training not entirely certain whether I would pursue a career in general pediatrics or a pediatric subspecialty. One of the most appealing features of the residency program at the University of Virginia was the breadth of the instruction and hands-on experience in both arenas.

Now as a general pediatrician I am even more grateful for this aspect of my training, as I am finding that there is much more variety and depth in my day-to-day encounters than I had anticipated! The subspecialists loved to teach, and they frequently reinforced pearls of wisdom that have been invaluable to me as a clinician."

Carol Boersma, M.D.
Practicing Pediatrician