The Department of Pediatrics offers a fully accredited three-year program in pediatrics. The pediatrics residency has approximately 72 categorical ACGME approved positions. The goals of the department assure a strong commitment to education. They include:
- Recruitment of the highest quality faculty, dedicated to achieving excellence in patient care, research and education.
- Residency training experiences designed to ensure high-quality pediatric education as the primary focus.
- Completion of a comprehensive facility redesign which will provide an optimal clinical, educational and research milieu.
- Development of a multi-faceted and dynamic program of education, patient care and research activities, which will establish the Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital as one of the premier sites for pediatric training in New York City.
- Realization of our vision of BEST CARE — to be the children's hospital that patients, families, health professionals and community leaders choose for the care of children and adolescents.
In June of 2004, the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) recognized the Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital, along with our affiliate -- Coney Island Hospital -- as an official Children's Hospital. This designation by the NACHRI further underscores the quality of the programs at Maimonides Medical Center and its affiliates. The excellence of our educational program, coupled with our designation as the first Children's Hospital in Brooklyn, places our programs at the very forefront of children's health care facilities throughout the greater metropolitan area.
Based on a strong legacy, we continue to focus the department's educational mission to recruit highly qualified applicants from diverse training backgrounds. Each year, the residency training program is studded with graduates from foreign medical schools and American allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. This diversity creates a unique clinical experience, which enhances the academic rigor of the training curriculum while fostering camaraderie among our trainees. The hospital has a major affiliation with New York University (NYU) and continued affiliations with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. These affiliations further enhance the educational, research and clinical opportunities of our residents and fellows.
The division of pediatric education occupies the core of the department. Its activities have focused on the following educational areas:
- A new pediatric curriculum for residency education that includes training in the new ACGME "core" competencies required of all residents.
- An improved schedule of didactic lectures and clinical conferences.
- A faculty advising program for house staff to foster timely feedback, reducing the stress of the residency program and incorporating self-assessments through individualized learning plans.
- A faculty/house staff team preceptor program for residency continuity practices.
- Pediatric board review courses with specific content integrated into core lectures.
- A faculty development program for generalist and subspecialty faculty.
- A research curriculum that imparts the necessary skill set for opportunities to participate in research activities leading to scholarly products worthy of presentations at National meetings and publication in peer-reviewed journals.
The residency program includes rotations at Coney Island Hospital, a part of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). Our program's involvement with this hospital serves as an important link to the Regional Children's Hospital activities at Maimonides Medical Center. This allows residents to see a broader spectrum of patients, not only from the viewpoint of pathology, but also culturally and socioeconomically. In further recognition of the concept of a regional children's hospital, New York State has designated Maimonides as a Regional Perinatal Center. At the Stella and Joseph Payson Birthing Center, the Infants and Children's Hospital at Maimonides Medical Center handles more births than any other hospital in New York State.
The Department of Pediatrics has a long history at Maimonides, and is in the midst of a development program to become the center of the new state-of-the-art infants and children's facility. Only an institution of the quality, size and diversity of Maimonides could be capable of conceiving, implementing and establishing such a center. As a result, we have an entire arsenal of science and modern medicine at our disposal to treat the full range of pediatric conditions from common childhood diseases to catastrophic afflictions.
In addition to a cadre of new teaching faculty, the department has opened new facilities, including:
- Pediatric Inpatient Unit
- Pediatric Emergency Room
- Pediatric Critical Care Unit
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Pediatric Primary Care Center
- Pediatric Recovery Room and Day Hospital
- Pediatric Subspecialty Ambulatory Pavilion
A new state-of-the-art Pavilion houses the Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital. Groundbreaking for this new building occurred in 2004 and the construction was completed late 2007, with occupancy during 2008. This exciting venture is an important statement that both quality clinical care and pediatric education are at the forefront of the mission and vision of Maimonides Medical Center.
Maimonides ranks 4th among private, community based teaching hospitals in its annual dollar commitment to research. Since its inception over a decade ago, the Maimonides Research and Development Foundation has awarded $10 million to support research projects. Additionally, many research projects are funded with extramural dollars.
Located in a peaceful, multi-cultural neighborhood of Brooklyn, Maimonides provides physicians and staff exposure to interesting, challenging and varied patient populations. The work atmosphere is friendly and supportive with an emphasis on quality patient care. Residents are encouraged to excel individually; yet work as members of professional teams comprised of faculty, nursing staff and administrators.