The MedStar Health - Georgetown University Hospital Residency Program in Pediatrics
Welcome to the pediatric residency program at MedStar Health – Georgetown University Hospital. We are a diverse training program centered around 5 training sites in the Washington metropolitan area covering the complete spectrum of pediatric primary, secondary and tertiary care. We are fortunate to be based in the nation’s capital, which provides a fascinating multiethnic and multinational patient population as well as a stimulating environment for life at and after work. Learning experiences at Georgetown will take you to communities facing barriers to health equity, as well as the leafy suburbs surrounding the Capitol. You will find a working and learning environment that is built on mutual support, mentoring and friendship.
A Message from Our Program Director:
Welcome to the pediatric residency program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Here you’ll find the academic rigor of one of the oldest universities in the country, the mentoring of a faculty with national and international reputation, the global flair of the nation’s capitol, and the camaraderie and atmosphere of a smaller program, where each individual resident matters. Our program prepares residents for careers across the spectrum of pediatric practice, from public health and community advocacy, to private practice, subspecialty fellowship, and international health ventures across the globe. We have selected training sites that provide residents with learning experiences ranging from academic tertiary care centers to community hospitals, from the National Institute of Health to our outreach programs in the underserved communities of Washington, D.C. Our patient population includes children from all walks of life, from the inner city to the leafy suburbs of the Metropolitan area, from immigrant populations to the families of international embassies and global organizations residing in the nation’s capital. At Georgetown each resident finds personal mentoring, friendship and support on the way to their future career. Thank you for your interest in our program and we look forward to meeting with you during the interview process.
Kirsten B. Hawkins, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Director, Residency Program
Residents completing our program are successful in a broad range of professional careers. The balance between residents pursuing further training in premiere fellowship programs around the country and those continuing their careers in one of many outstanding practice opportunities around the metropolitan area is about even. Residents enjoy the help of individual faculty mentors to shape and foster their careers.
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Interns spend one month in the newborn nursery at Virginia Hospital Center to learn about care of the well baby in the first few days of life. With the supervision of a second year resident and a hospitalist they admit and discharge newborns in the nursery and learn resuscitation skills at deliveries. All interns take NRP during intern orientation.
NICUEach year residents rotate in our Level 4 NICU. Our NICU has a mixture of high acuity neonates and those working on feeding and growing. We care for babies born at MedStar Georgetown and receive transfers from all over the metropolitan area. MedStar Georgetown has the most advanced Neonatal and Perinatal Transport Service in the region—capable of transporting critically ill infants and pregnant mothers 24 hours a day, seven days a week via ground including high-frequency jet ventilator, inhaled nitric oxide, and whole body cooling as well as air mobile NICU.
Ward TeamResidents rotate through our general inpatient services during their intern year and return in the third year as the team senior.
Inova Ward Heme/OncOur first year residents spend one block on the inpatient Heme/Onc service and general wards at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
SedationOur sedation service is run by our PICU attendings and provides sedation for a variety of procedures from scopes to central line placements. The resident rotating on this service will learn the basics of sedation, monitoring, and airway management.
Community PediatricsDuring the community pediatrics rotation interns rotate on the Kids Mobile Medical Clinic and at two high-school based health centers located in underserved communities throughout DC. In addition to teaching the fundamentals of primary community care, our Community Pediatrics medical education program offers learners the opportunity to engage in experiential community experiences with partner community service providers such as D.C. Child and Family Services Agency, Joyful Markets, and WIC.
DevelopmentDuring the intern year, residents rotate alongside our Developmental Pediatrics team with opportunities to see patients in the clinic and do developmental assessments in the NICU. Residents go to two different schools in the community serving children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Residents see autism evaluations and participate in neuropsychological testing with a community neuropsychologist.
Adolescent MedicineDuring this outpatient rotation, residents rotate with several adolescent trained providers within our Tenleytown clinic. They also rotate at Georgetown University’s student health center, the family planning clinic at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and at the DC Department of Health’s Health and Wellness Clinic.
Gold TeamResidents spend one month in both first and second years caring for patients on the inpatient GI transplant service. They care for transplant patients in the pre and postoperative period and for any transplant related illnesses. The Transplant Center for Children at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is one of the nation’s largest GI transplant programs.
PICUResidents rotate in our PICU during second and third year directly under the supervision of critical care intensivists. There are no fellows at our program so residents are the first line decision makers overnight. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a multidisciplinary unit that provides care for critically-ill children who are age 22 or younger. The unit is supported by the full spectrum of medical and surgical services available at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. We provide the highest level of care to critically ill medical and surgical patients including high-frequency oscillatory ventilation, continuous veno-venous hemofiltration, and nitric oxide inhalation. A team of experienced pediatric intensivists supervises the care of all patients. Our services also include care for patients undergoing pediatric liver and bowel transplant, as well as pediatric epilepsy surgery.
CardiologyOur residents spend one month during second year rotating through the inpatient Cardiology/Renal Service at Children’s National Hospital. Residents attend Cardiology clinics on half days each week.
Virginia Hospital CenterSecond year residents cover the small inpatient service and emergency room consults at Virginia Hospital Center. They oversee the intern in the newborn nursery.
Emergency MedicineResidents have three months of emergency room experiences in dedicated pediatric emergency departments at Inova Fairfax ED and at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.
Ambulatory ClinicResidents see sick visits during their second and third years. The second year residents spend afternoons rotating with different ambulatory services, such as nutrition and dentistry. Third year residents on this rotation take home calls overnight.
PsychiatryDuring the third year, residents work with our pediatric psychiatry attendings and fellows to see inpatient psychiatry consults and attend outpatient clinics.
Blue TeamOur heme/onc team cares for patients of all ages with a focus on adolescent and young adult oncology care. Residents on this service cover the inpatient service and have opportunities to spend time in heme/onc clinic and participate in lumbar punctures and bone marrow biopsies.
Virginia Hospital Center
Inova L.J. Murphy Children's Hospital
Children’s National Hospital
Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center
Hello applicants! We hope you have enjoyed perusing our website. Please click on the following links below to learn more about the logistics of our program’s application process, as well as how to apply. We look forward to meeting you on your interview day!
We schedule virtual interviews beginning in November via Zoom on Tuesdays and Fridays.
All applications for the residency program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). No other form of application is accepted.
Our Application Deadline is December 1.
We require the completed ERAS application, which includes:
- Personal Statement
- Dean’s Letter
- Three Letters of Recommendation (a Chair’s letter is not required)
- Medical School Transcript
- USMLE Scores/Comlex Scores
- ECFMG certification
- We sponsor the J-1 visa only
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the recruitment process
We use a Holistic Review Framework drawn from the AAMC’s Roadmap to Diversity document, as we feel that is the gold standard for increasing diversity in our program and creating a sense of inclusion and equity in our recruitment process. It is also essential in maintaining an inclusive culture for trainees once they join our program and ensuring they have equitable opportunities for advancement and leadership opportunities.
- On our review committee we integrate knowledge and skills from training in implicit bias reduction when reviewing letters of recommendation.
- We utilize ranking criteria that account for life experience that might make an applicant better prepared to work with the under-served, marginalized communities we serve.
- We deliberately develop our criteria for ranking both applications and applicants during and after their interview days BEFORE we review applications and maintain those criteria throughout the recruitment process.
- The criteria are specifically chosen to help us determine which applicants will best help us achieve our mission and uphold our values.
- Behavioral Interviewing: For the past six years, we have utilized behavioral interviewing to create equity across applicant interviews and to decrease the influence of implicit bias on the questions that individual applicants are asked.
- As a committee, we reflect on our process each year and seek to improve it based on the outcome of our recruitment process.
Janice L. Thompson, MHA
Residency Program Administrator
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Ground Floor Gorman Building
3800 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007-2113
Tel: (202) 444-8882
Fax: (202) 444-1359