Pediatric Residency – Sidney Kimmel Medical College at TJU/Nemours duPont Hospital for Children

Pediatric Residency – Sidney Kimmel Medical College at TJU/Nemours duPont Hospital for Children


Good job. And what was that? What was that? Yes. I decided to come to
Nemours for residency because I first started
as a medical student, and when I came, I just
completely fell in love with everything about Nemours. Initially, when I was thinking
about doing pediatrics, the first thing I wanted to
do is come for a rotation here and kind of see why
people were raving about it and telling me such good things. I was looking for a
medium-sized program where it was large
enough that I would get to see a broad
range of diagnoses, but small enough
that I still felt like I could bring something
personally to the program. I wasn’t just sort
of another number. Because I had all the
advantages of the specialist that you get at a
big program with kind of the personal feeling that
you get at a lot of the smaller programs. When you’re going through
the application process and choosing a
residency program, everyone will kind
of talk to you about the fit and
finding where you fit. And I think here is really
a great, unique place. I interviewed at many,
many different residencies, and there is definitely
something special here. I walked in and just felt this
sense of joy, of happiness. The residents seemed happy
and really taken care of, and they were taking
care of each other. All of the attendees took
the time to get to know me. The residents also
kind of took me under their wing to teach me
that I was important, as well. They were all incredibly
supportive, caring, knowledgeable, and
I knew I wanted to be a part of that team. Residency is definitely going
to be one of the toughest three years of your life, no
matter where you go. And then you come
here, you get a sense of that this is really more
than just a place to work. It’s a family and a community. And it really just
felt like home to me. One of the things that I
was really impressed by was that so many of the
faculty were former residents. I think that speaks so
much about a program– how happy they are and how
awesome it is to be at Nemours. I just felt like it was
a chance to continue to stay a part of something
and become one of the mentors that I had had, kind
of give back in the way that those mentors
had given to me. It’s such an honor to
have the opportunity to train other people. I’m one person, but through
teaching other people to become physicians,
I’m really taking care of many people in the world. Our program is very
resident-centered. They take care of just
about every patient here in the hospital. And so they are the first
ones to touch the patient, and they’re the first ones
to comfort the patient. I have been waiting for you. We have amazing patients. Those are always our best
teachers, the patients. And we do have patients that
come from all over this area– really, all over the country. What Nemours is about is
giving kids and families the care they need and
when they need and want it. It’s really about a personal
experience for the family. I think the residents feel it. I think they
realize that they’re a part of something special. They’re a part of an
interdisciplinary team that allows for better outcomes. The environment
here is academic. It is challenging. They work very hard,
but along the way, you’ll always have the support
of faculty, of nursing, of every person that you
come in contact with. There are not many
places where you’re going to get a family
atmosphere, a community atmosphere, and a academic,
high level of medicine going on. I think the most
important thing you should know about our program
is that it will prepare you for whatever type
of pediatrician you want to become. Our residents have
the opportunity to spend some time here,
the Tertiary Care Children’s Hospital. But they also have
the opportunity to spend some time up at
Jefferson, which is affiliated Sydney Kimmel Medical
College, and they also have an opportunity to spend
some time at Christiana Hospital, which is the
busiest birthing center in the state of Delaware. From rural Wilmington
to inner city Philly, you get to see so
many different things. The patient population
is really unique, and you don’t feel like you’re
missing out on anything. Here at Jefferson, we are
the pediatric department for the whole entire hospital. We also have a large
refugee clinic. A lot of our residents do
their continuity clinic here. They had babies that I picked
up as newborns my intern year. I’m the only one
they’ve ever seen. And so that has really
helped shape the pediatrician that I’ll be but also
helped to confirm what I want to do for
the rest of my career. I actually say that’s
one of the biggest benefits of this
program is that you get three different experiences. That’s really cool. Is that cool? I also felt like the education
was really prioritized here, and the fact that we have
protected conference time where you can’t be interrupted
by cell phone or pagers and things like
that, and the attendings are just so excited to teach. People make learning
a lot of fun. They want to make sure
that we’re taking time not only to learn, but
making sure that we’re eating and staying healthy. We have a very large
resident lounge. That’s a space for
just the residents. We have amazing
resident retreats. The residents get to go away
and have two days of bonding with their classes. You want to do research– the hospital has funding to
get residents to a conference if they are presenting
the research work. I do get jazzed when a
resident goes to a meeting and says they’ve changed
their life course. We’re very fortunate to
have people surrounding us who are excited
and happy to jump in when you find that passion. You’re probably
going to find someone willing to take you under
their wing and help you mature and develop into what
you’re looking for. And it’s definitely a
first-name kind of place, although sometimes I still want
to call it all the attendings by their last names. They are world-renowned. They are established,
acclaimed attendings, but they are very down
to earth, very friendly, and you feel very comfortable
talking to them directly about things. You don’t have to go through a
fellow or talk to someone else to get in touch
with the attending. I see it as all of
the residents that I work with are going
to be my colleagues in the next few years. Our residents are
second to none. I love working
with our residents. I learn so much from them. We have had residents
active in creating protocols that we use on the
in-patient side. Our residents easily find jobs. They match well in terms
of their fellowships. They’re coveted in the
pediatric community. And that, I think,
really speaks to the fact that our residents are
not only hard workers, they’re not only
clinically competent, but they’re also
wonderful people. If you’re considering
applying to this program, we’re looking for someone who
is outgoing and someone who would be fun to work with. We really look for
people who will bring their own unique
flavor to that mix because I think that’s what
makes a residency program work best. So definitely people that know
how to lean upon other people and also be leaned on. Somebody who’s enthusiastic,
an enthusiastic learner who’s going to go home
read about their patients and come back and
teach other people. Somebody who’s willing to
go the extra mile on behalf of a patient, a family,
or their colleague. Because I’ve made some of
the best friends of my life. I think building that
foundation of support is really what launches me into
my career as a pediatrician. I think that Nemours
is a hidden gem. It’s not a place that
people hear a lot about, but once you learn about it,
and once you come to visit, you fall in love. You’re such a good boy. Every morning, I wake up,
and I’m excited to go to. Work that love for patient
care and love for the people that we work with is
definitely contagious. This program helps me become the
pediatrician that I want to be. Can I have a high five? Ah, yeah. [CHEERING]

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