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Program Overview

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Our Pediatric Residency Program provides an exceptional education with a breadth of experience typically found only in large centers. As a tertiary care referral hospital for all of Maine and Southern New Hampshire, we offer state-of-the-art care. All this takes place in what we consider the most beautiful, small city in the country. We think you'll agree that three years in Portland, Maine, is "the way life should be." We invite you to explore the links on the left to learn more about our program!

A Note from the Program Directors

We welcome your interest in the Pediatric Residency Training Program at The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center.  As the only tertiary care facility for children in Maine, our residency program offers  comprehensive training designed to provide an excellent foundation in general pediatrics to prepare our graduates to practice general pediatrics, or, to enter the fellowship of their choice. Our patient population encompasses children throughout the state of Maine and parts of New Hampshire, and includes diverse ethnic groups and multiple socioeconomic backgrounds.

The faculty includes over 130 board-certified physicians with a strong commitment to excellence in patient care and teaching. Other health professionals actively participate in the training of students and residents. Full-time general pediatric faculty oversees ambulatory, inpatient, newborn and international health services as well as a school-based health program, outcomes research, and other community health services. These services are complemented by a full range of pediatric medical and surgical specialties, which provide high quality programs for the children in the region.

Residents in our program receive primary care, inpatient and outpatient training balanced with critical care and subspecialty experiences. We strongly believe in preventive care and the importance of child advocacy and emphasize these beliefs throughout our training program. Whether it is at our state-of-the-art inpatient unit, onsite pediatric clinic, our simulation center, or in one of our community and rural affiliated practices, you will experience pediatrics side by side with our attending faculty, and have ample opportunity to take ownership of the healthcare of your patients.

Extensive contact with faculty is the norm here, in that we do not have fellows in our program. This permits our residents the opportunity for direct teaching and mentorship from our faculty. The “Curriculum” section of our website describes in detail the variety of training settings and opportunities available for rotations.  A portion of our curriculum that we are quite proud of is the 6 months of individualized curriculum available to each resident where we work with our learners to develop unique rotation experiences that best meet their future needs, whether they be in primary care or fellowship. This opportunity, combined with an additional 4 months of subspecialty experience provides our residents with 10 months of training that is unique to each resident’s interests. Diverse rotation offerings including Chronic Care Management, Rural and Community Pediatrics, Research, Inpatient or Neonatal hospitalist electives, Global Health Overseas, or Local Immersion experiences, and unique rotations such as neonatal neurology or simulation based training months, will meet the needs of our learners as they plan future career interests.

Resident and medical student education is also a priority. Our third year medical students are from the Maine-Tufts Program in Medicine and the University of New England, and we have students from institutions throughout the country joining us for 4th year acting internship and elective experiences. This provides our faculty and house staff with a dedicated group of active learners on a regular basis.  Our pediatric residents often receive “Notable, Accomplished, or Excellence” Teaching Citations from our pediatric clerkship students, a testament to our dedication to educating medical students and helping our residents to become better teachers.

Teaching occurs in formal and informal ways, including daily walk rounds, bedside teaching, e-learning and web-based modules, interactive lectures, Morning Report, Pediatric Grand Rounds, Journal Club and weekly Thursday morning "protected time" resident conferences presented by generalist and subspecialty faculty. Of course residents learn the most on a day to day basis by caring for children and their families in multiple inpatient and outpatient settings.  Check out the “Resident Teaching” tab for more information.

Take some time to explore our web site to learn more about pediatric training at BBCH.  More importantly, come meet our faculty and residents and experience the dedication they have for the welfare of children and the education of pediatricians in training. We look forward to your visit!

Brian Youth, M.D.

Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Medical Director, Newborn Nursery, Department of Pediatrics, BBCH
Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

Wendy Smith, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Director, Genetics and Dysmorphology
Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

Pam Dietz, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

A Note From the Chief Resident

Welcome to our website, and thank you for your interest in our residency program! As this year’s chief resident, I have the honor of sharing my thoughts as to what makes Maine Medical Center such a great place to pursue a residency in pediatrics.

First and foremost, I want to highlight on some of the unique aspects of resident education at Maine Medical Center. Yes, we have standard classroom-based educational sessions (daily morning reports, weekly grand rounds, and 2 to 3 hours of high quality case based didactic sessions every Thursday), as do most programs. Our educators take a lot of pride in these lectures, and they are of consistently stellar quality. As good as these sessions are, though, it is the teaching that goes on outside the classroom that makes our residency special. Clinical teaching is emphasized on every rotation, and it manifests in a variety of ways. From the inpatient service’s radiology rounds to newborn “neurology rounds”, each rotation strives to maximize learning opportunities. Additionally, our program’s individualized curriculum allows residents to customize their experiences to align with professional interests and goals. Finally, we have a thriving sim-center and simulation curriculum that helps residents train for high acuity situations and provides an opportunity to practice advanced procedures.

One of my favorite things about this program is its emphasis on protecting “the resident experience” – particularly as it pertains to autonomy.  In this day and age, it is easy for residents’ responsibilities and authority to be eroded by a multitude of forces. The attending physicians here are mindful of this, though, and they make a point to stress resident leadership and clinical decision-making. Senior residents run their teams in every sense of the word, while simultaneously fielding all admission requests from the ED and all calls from outside hospitals. Additionally, senior residents serve as the physician presence on all PICU transports. Together with a critical care nurse and a respiratory therapist, “transport residents” travel to referring hospitals where they stabilize and transport critically ill children to MMC. While each of these responsibilities can be incredibly challenging at times, the education and experience they provide cannot be overstated. These opportunities serve as just a few examples of how our program pushes residents to grow through clinical experiences.

To be totally honest, location and lifestyle also played a role in why I came to Maine Medical Center. When you’re a resident, you work long hours; that will be true no matter where you train. That was why it was so important to me to find a place where I could pursue my personal interests during those weekends off. To quote last year’s chief residents, “Portland is unique in that it has a small town feel with all the big city amenities”. A truer statement about Portland, Maine, may be hard to come by. Pretty much anything you could ask for is at your fingertips – music, sports, fine dining, hiking/biking/skiing trails, mountains to climb … if you have an interest, you’ll have access to it here.  I’ve lived in this city for 5 years, and my wife and I still haven’t made it to every restaurant we’ve wanted to try. There are that many amazing places to eat in this city. Moreover, one of my former co-residents lived so close to the ocean that he could literally carry his kayak from his back-yard to the ocean. If water sports are not your thing, running and biking trails abound in the Portland area, and a 15 minute drive can get you to some even better options.

Our program offers the best of every world – great training, great people, great location, and great lifestyle. Come visit us and see first-hand what I’ve been talking about. Additionally, I am happy to answer any questions you may have about our program. Thank you for your interest.

David Buzanoski, M.D.

Pediatrics Chief Resident

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