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Welcome To Our Program

The Pediatric Residency Program at Maimonides Medical Center offers an outstanding faculty under the leadership of the Chair of Pediatrics Jeffrey Avner and Program Director Ingrid Walker-Descartes MD, MPH. Coupled with a dedicated and renowned array of faculty, the department fosters a philosophy that embraces education in a clinical environment based on “family-centered” care. This emphasis on training will provide a sound basis for understanding the importance of building and maintaining strong patient-family-physician relations, which are critical to high-quality pediatric care.

The residency training program in Pediatrics has taken several steps to ensure all graduates are equipped for a successful career in clinical and academic pediatrics. With a revised competency-based curriculum, which incorporates protected time for didactics, faculty and residents alike are energized to participate in activities that fulfill the program’s educational mission. All lectures are presented as a part of a conference schedule, adapted to facilitate maximal attendance by all trainees. Additionally, web-based and live board review sessions complement the curriculum to enhance the efforts of trainees preparing for the pediatric certification exam upon graduation. Our Faculty Advisor Program continues to flourish, serving as the basis for successful mentoring relationships. Such partnerships have resulted in collaborations, yielding scholarly products, as well individualize learning plans which have served many trainees in their growth as academicians. All of these curricular features guarantee our graduates a thriving career in the field of pediatrics.

Maimonides has been designated as a Children's Hospital by the National Association of Children's Hospital & Related Institutions. We are the one and only officially designated children's hospital in Brooklyn. Our mission, WE CARE, encompasses our drive to improve the health and well-being of children through excellence in family-centered care, advocacy, research and education. To complement our mission, we now have the state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated teaching faculty to accomplish our goals.