The future of quality health care for children depends on the training of qualified pediatric experts.
As a teaching hospital, Dayton Children’s is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians, including future pediatricians and pediatric specialists. Over the past 30 years, Dayton Children’s has partnered with the United States Air Force and Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine to house the country’s only civilian / military integrated pediatric residency program. Currently 48 residents are being trained at Dayton Children’s, and will go on to serve our local community as well as communities around the world.
This highly regarded integrated pediatric residency training program continues to attract medical students from around the country. In addition to the inpatient training, resident training is strengthened by meaningful outpatient experiences. One of these is staffing Children’s Health Clinic, which allows residents to observe the physical, emotional and intellectual development of a child over an extended period of time. The resident is the primary care physician to healthy children seen at the clinic as well as those with chronic or acute illnesses.
In addition, Dayton Children’s plays a very active role in training residents in areas such as general surgery, orthopedics, family medicine, emergency medicine, dermatology, neurology, child and adolescent psychology, to name a few. The hospital hosts almost 200 residents from local adult institutions as well as a number of other states. We also provide educational opportunities for physician assistants and student registered nurse anesthetists.
The quality of the residency training program has led to the medical students of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine choosing pediatrics as a career in number much larger than the national averages. In 2008, 14 percent of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine students chose pediatrics as their specialty.
As a partner with Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton Children’s plays a major role in providing pediatric education to the over 400 medical students enrolled. Faculty actively participates with each year group of medical students, providing their expertise and mentorship. A majority of physicians at Dayton Children’s currently hold either full-time faculty or adjunct faculty positions with the Wright State School of Medicine.
Unlike the adult institutions in our area, who receive medical education funding through Medicare, Dayton Children’s Medical Center, a free-standing children’s hospital, receives funding from the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) fund. This is an appropriated fund that must be approved by the US Congress yearly. This fund provides us with about one third of what the local adult institutions receive yearly per resident for education.
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