Graduate Medical Education
The Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency Program is affiliated with the Stanford School of Medicine and is a three-year training program encompassing all aspects of pediatric medicine. We look forward to welcoming our first class in July 2017.
Our program has been designed to offer a structured educational experience that balances strong general pediatrics with subspecialty medicine. Valley Children’s Hospital provides hands-on inpatient medicine in a state-of-the-art facility with an enviable patient mix. With its unique blend of specialty and general pediatric faculty, our program provides training appropriate for any career path in pediatrics.
Value to Residents
The Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency Program provides a comprehensive general pediatric education that prepares graduates for both general clinical and advanced training in pediatrics.
Throughout training, you will gain important clinical experience in a hands-on environment. Residents rotate through our main teaching hospital – the 356-bed, state-of-the-art Valley Children’s Hospital – and the internationally renowned Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Both facilities have a large, diverse multicultural patient population.
At Valley Children’s Hospital, you will learn and practice in one of the nation's largest children’s hospitals of its kind. Valley Children’s boasts the Central Valley's only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and offers specialized medical and surgical services to treat conditions ranging from common to the most unusual and complex. We created unique tracks to allow you the flexibility of concentrating on an area of interest from your very first block rotation. These tracks include:
- Inpatient Medicine/Quality and Patient Safety
- Primary Care - PLUS
- Academic Medicine - Leadership
- Medicine Subspecialties
In addition, our program educates surgery, family practice and emergency medicine residents along with medical students from medical schools throughout the United States. Our graduates enjoy a wide variety of practice opportunities in Central California as well as ready acceptance into many of the nation’s finest specialty fellowships.
Known for our California sunshine, our location offers residents many lifestyle benefits. With more than 1 million people living in Fresno and its neighboring towns, our region provides various amenities without the hectic congestion of the Bay Area or Southern California.
As a new program, you will be intimately involved in shaping the educational experience and flexibility in the curriculum. Starting with a clean slate, we are building an innovative, interprofessional and learner-focused program.
Emphasis on Primary Care
We believe you will choose the Valley Children’s program because of the residency experience. As a resident, you’ll have significant access to hospital- and clinic-based, full-time teaching faculty and private-practice attendings.
While a resident, you’ll function as a primary care physician with a graduated increase in patient care and teaching responsibilities. By the third year, you will assume largely independent patient care responsibility while developing supervisory and teaching skills. Our residents have direct contact with their attendings and have the opportunity to perform procedures in clinics, operating room, emergency department, wards and intensive care units.
Our continuity clinic sites are as diverse as our patient population. You will have the opportunity to work in an array of clinic settings, including the HMO medical home model of Kaiser, rural health clinics in underserved areas of the Central Valley, private practices in Fresno and an on-site clinic for medically complex children. Our hope is to partner you with the clinic setting that will be in line with the track you choose for your residency.
Diversity and Depth
Our pediatric patients come from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds in a 45,000-square-mile Central California referral area. You’ll treat unique disease entities often found only in textbooks while supported by state-of-the-art technology and a complete multidisciplinary healthcare system. Through these amenities, you’ll learn the skills necessary to deliver pediatric care to a multicultural population in any geographic setting.
Benefits of Hands-On Experience
Our program offers participatory, hands-on patient care. We believe you must participate in learning, not just observe it. You’ll be welcomed as an integral part of our healthcare team, working in close proximity with clinical instructors, attending pediatricians, nurses, medical social workers, psychologists and pediatric nurse practitioners.
Inpatient experience takes place primarily at Valley Children’s Hospital. At Valley Children’s you’ll find a variety of subspecialty and general pediatric patients, offering a broad range of experiences and learning opportunities.
Specialty rotations at Valley Children's provide educational opportunities in:
- critical care
- emergency medicine
- infectious disease
- metabolic disease
The program offers a close relationship between caring subspecialists and residents. In addition, electives are available at Stanford’s main campus in Palo Alto, California.
Caring and Supportive Facility
Our dedicated pediatric community understands that successful residents should not only be clinically challenged, but also fully supported by professionals committed to their success. Our goal is for you to leave our program feeling confident that you’ve been trained by people who care about you not only as a physician, but also as an individual. We are deeply committed to interprofessional education and embrace collaboration and teamwork.
Pediatric Medical Students
Core clerkships are offered to medical students in pediatrics. Visiting students may participate in a variety of elective clerkships, including emergency medicine, surgical specialties, critical care, outpatient pediatrics and the medical home, and a variety of subspecialty rotations.
For more information email GME@valleychildrens.org