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We are delighted that you are considering the integrated pediatric residency of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for your postgraduate training. With its long commitment to excellence in primary care, we believe that you will find our program well positioned to provide you with a diverse and comprehensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient pediatrics. By combining the outstanding facilities of Dayton Children's with the large outpatient facilities and medical center of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, you are assured a broad and rich experience upon which to build your career Whether your future plans include primary care practice, academic medicine, or additional subspecialty training after residency, the Wright State University/Wright-Patterson Air Force Base program provides the proper balance and exposure to the field of pediatrics to meet your career goals.

Our faculty consists of a team of devoted and talented teachers representing all of the major subspecialty fields and general pediatrics. Our community-based, voluntary faculty offer many residents a "real life" experience in the practice of pediatrics within the office setting.U.S. News and World Report has named Wright State University School of Medicine as one of the best schools in the nation for primary care. We believe that you will agree that both our commitment to teaching and our belief that quality care for children is firmly rooted in quality primary care are evident throughout your training.


prospective military residents

Thank you for your interest in the integrated pediatric residency training program of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine! Our program has the distinction of being the only fully integrated military/civilian pediatric training program in the nation. This allows our residents all the benefits of training in a children’s hospital while still working on all the skills that will make you a successful officer in the United States Air Force.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) hosts the Wright-Patterson Medical Center (WPMC), which is the second largest medical center in the Air Force. The outpatient pediatric clinic located within WPMC has the second largest pediatric outpatient clinic in the Air Force. The recently renovated Family Birthing Center is where the normal newborn nursery rotation occurs. The base also has the Patient Simulation Center, which has state-of-the-art human patient simulators that offer the ability to practice PALS, NRP, intubation techniques, intraosseous access and chest tube placement, among other skills. In addition to Wright-Patterson’s mission of training future healthcare providers, the base’s other missions include aerospace research and development and intelligence, and WPAFB is the primary location for Air Force One repairs.

Dayton Children’s main campus is located about four miles from the base. Having the opportunity to work there is truly a great selling point for our program. Dayton Children’s offers opportunities unmatched by other DoD-sponsored pediatric residency programs. This 155-bed, freestanding children’s hospital is the only children’s hospital serving the greater Dayton area and the tertiary care center for 20 counties in Ohio and eastern Indiana. This, combined with the large number of subspecialists, gives our residents a great opportunity to see both large volume in standard pathology as well as many lesser seen diagnoses. These opportunities help our residents to become well rounded physicians.

As residents in a fully integrated program, our military residents have the same curriculum as the civilian residents with a few notable exceptions. For one, the military residents have their continuity clinic experience at WPAFB while civilians have their clinic at the Children’s Health Clinic of Dayton. Secondly, the educational leadership in the program has made medical officer development a priority to ensure that when residents graduate from the program, they are not just exceptional pediatricians, but also a model Air Force medical officer. This is done in a variety of ways, including attendance of the Combat Casualty Care Course (C4) in San Antonio, annual visits from the Pediatric Consultant of the Air Force, the Military Medical Officer Orientation course, continuity clinic lectures and faculty mentorship. Additional opportunities are available to interested residents, including humanitarian aid missions and military medical conference attendance, among others.

For residents interested in research, there are multiple attendings at both Wright-Paterson Air Force Base and Dayton Children’s who are actively involved in multiple research projects. For example, one of the current research projects at Wright-Patterson is the Central Ohio Registry for Autism, which hopes to uncover genetic causes of autism and is currently working with a $1.5 million grant. In additional to clinical research, we also have many faculty members who are involved with community advocacy and quality improvement projects for the hospitals, community and national interests.

Besides participating in a great program, we find living in Dayton has many benefits as well. This midsized Midwestern city has an affordable cost of living, inexpensive real estate and minimal traffic. It boasts many wonderful public parks for hiking, bicycling and other outdoor activities that are all free of charge. It is ideally situated between Cincinnati and Columbus, and is within reasonable driving distance to Indianapolis, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. The area is very supportive of the Air Force as Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the largest single-site employer of civilians in the state of Ohio. In this Air Force city, there is the United States Air Force Museum and the annual Air Force Marathon, which is a Boston Marathon qualifying run. There are many restaurants, shops, museums and events that offer military discounts, creating more financial incentive to live in this already inexpensive city!

We thank you again for your interest in our residency program. If you have any questions, including how to arrange a rotation or active duty tour, or want to schedule an interview, please contact please contact Rick Valone at Wright Patterson Air Force Base Pediatrics, (937) 522-4719 or

selection criteria

The pediatrics program accepts only applications though the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). An ideal candidate would have: Finished medical school within the past four years (i.e. not out of clinical practice for an extended period of time).

  • USMLE scores above 220.
  • Above average grades.
  •  A definite commitment to pediatrics.

International medical graduates and osteopathic graduates are welcome to apply through ERAS. The same standards as above apply. We abide by Section 201 of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Resident & Fellow Manual (Residents Selection). In addition, International medical graduates need ECFMG certification. Osteopathic graduates are encouraged to take the USMLE test

salary and benefits

resident salary and benefits


  • R1: $62,108
  • R2: $64,979
  • R3: $67,912


Residents at all levels of training receive three weeks (21 working days) annually as vacation.

academic fund

Civilian residents have an allowance up to $700.00 (R1-R2-R3). Unused funds cannot be forwarded in the new academic year. Some uses are: professional meetings, medical books, medical software, Step 3 study aids, and stethoscope.Military residents must arrange travel through the USAF and the Department of Medical Education. Military residents will receive $200.00 academic fund.


Each resident will receive a meal allowance for food. Lunch is provided at resident lectures.


  • Professional liability ($1M per occurrence/$3M aggregate) while at Dayton Children’s , MVH
  • Federal Tort Claims while at WPAFB
  • Medical/Dental/Vision insurance available for civilian residents
  • TriCare health benefits for military
  • Long-term disability for civilian Life insurance for civilian


free parking


One lab coat, with medical logo and embroidered name

faculty appointment

Residents are appointed as Junior Resident Instructors in the Boonshoft School of Medicine. This entitles the resident to a number of faculty privileges at the university, including use of the library and athletic facilities and faculty discount at the bookstore.

in addition

  • Paid membership in the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • On-site daycare center at Dayton Children’s



Our program has an 18-month rotating curriculum based on pediatric board content specifications. Our educational didactic curriculum is focused around an academic half-day which preserves dedicated learning centered around the ABP content specifications from a variety of pediatric generalists and subspecialists. In addition, we have longitudinal lectures focused on breastfeeding, developmental pediatrics, and QI. We also have resident-led case conferences or Morbidity and Morality presentations weekly. Patient care is the cornerstone on which all of the educational experiences are built. Core conferences are tied to the main subject for the month as well. This promotes a consistent organized learning pattern that will be covered twice throughout residency. Patient care is the cornerstone on which all of the educational experiences are built. Experiences relate to all aspects of pediatric medicine.

The curriculum incorporates into each resident's education rotations in:

  • pediatric critical care
  • emergency medicine
  • normal newborn care
  • adolescent medicine
  • behavioral/developmental pediatrics

Subspecialty electives provide the resident an opportunity to manage inpatients, consultations and ambulatory patients.

Throughout the three years, each resident participates in a continuity clinic. Our continuity clinics are a whole day rather than the traditional half-day which provides an improved focus on clinic based learning. This provides a special experience for the resident 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 as well as to those with chronic and acute illnesses. 

The curriculum provides an organized, progressive educational opportunity spanning three years. Clinical care, supervisory and educational responsibilities are commensurate with the resident's experience and abilities. Throughout the curriculum, residents are provided the opportunity to become competent in the performance of many procedures. Satisfactory completion of the program fulfills the qualifications for certification established by the American Board of Pediatrics.

program details

Inpatient educational experiences take place at Dayton Children's Hospital. Residents' ambulatory experiences are enhanced by outpatient rotations. These rotations occur in a setting specifically focused on delivering outpatient care to healthy children as well as acutely and chronically ill children. Pediatric residents participate in patient care activities in the inpatient setting, intensive care settings, emergency department and subspecialty clinics at Dayton Children's.

Pediatric residents in the integrated program are able to work at Dayton Children's and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center (WPMC). Through work at both locations, residents treat patients from different ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic settings. Each facility is staffed by a faculty of pediatric generalists and subspecialists who are recruited for their commitment to education. Both sites also provide pediatric training to medical students from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and other primary care residency programs in the area.

Intensive care months (Critical Care, Neonatology), the majority of inpatient wards, emergency medicine months and most subspecialty electives are at Dayton Children's Hospital. Ambulatory care and adolescent months occur at WPAFB Pediatric Ambulatory Center. The Normal Newborn month is at WPAFB Medical Center during PL-1 year. Neonatology occurs at Miami Valley Hospital during the PL-1 year.

PL-I: The First Year
  • Ambulatory Care: 1.5 blocks
  • Adolescent: 1 block
  • Community Medicine: 0.5 block
  • Child Advocacy: 0.5 block
  • Emergency Medicine: 1 block
  • Inpatient Wards: 3 blocks
  • Neonatology: 1 block
  • Normal Newborn: 1 block
  • Hem/Onc Rotation (inpatient): 1 block
  • Continuity Clinic: Roughly 36 longitudinally over the year
  • Elective/Individualized Curriculum: 1 block
  • Night Team — Inpatient Wards: 1.5 blocks (3 x 0.5 blocks)
PL-II: The Second Year
  • Ambulatory Care: 2 block
  • Behavioral/Developmental Medicine: 1 block
  • Critical Care: 2 blocks
  • Inpatient Wards: 2 blocks
  • Neonatology: 1 block
  • Elective/Individualized Curriculum: 2 blocks
  • Pulmonary: 1 block
  • Night Team — Inpatient Wards: 1 block
  • Continuity Clinic: Roughly 36 longitudinally over the year
  • Emergency Medicine: 1 block
PL-III: The Third Year
  • Ambulatory Care: 2 blocks
  • Critical Care: 1 block
  • Emergency Medicine: 1 block
  • Inpatient Wards: 2 blocks
  • Elective/Individualized Curriculum: 4 blocks
  • Hem/Onc Rotation (in-patient and outpatient): 1 block
  • Night Team — Inpatient Wards: 2 blocks
  • Continuity Clinic: At least 36 longitudinally over the year

educational opportunities & lectures

At Dayton Children’s Hospital:
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds (weekly)
  • Core Conference (based off of the correlating monthly curriculum topic - weekly)
  • Resident Case Conference (teaching opportunity for the resident to discuss interesting cases at length - most Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • At Children’s Hospital, there are additionally noon conferences held Tuesdays and Thursdays (on non case conference days) that address a variety of different topics.
  • Mock pediatric codes are run in conjunction with ancillary staff (monthly)
  • Acute Care Symposium (July and August)
  • Tumor Board (Monthly)
  • Dedicated Board Review (monthly and end of year)
At the Pediatric Clinic at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base:
  • Lectures given by pediatric subspecialists on a regular basis
  • Residents run through PALS and NPR scenarios and procedures in our state of the art Air Force Simulation Lab (monthly)
  • Resident teaching opportunities on a general pediatrics topic of choice (monthly)


Although completion of a research project is not a mandatory part of the curriculum, participation in research is encouraged. Elective rotations may include research opportunities in a variety of disciplines. Collaboration with faculty can result in ongoing clinical research throughout a resident's curriculum. Resident research endeavors result in opportunities to present findings at national meetings and in peer-reviewed journals.

additional opportunities

Residents participate in activities leading to certification for Pediatric Advanced Life Support during their orientation week. The American Board of Pediatrics In-Training Examination provides residents with a yearly measurement of their progress and information to help them tailor their educational experiences. Residents may participate on Professional Staff Committees at The Dayton Children's Hospital, gaining insight into the peer review and quality management activities of pediatricians. Resident representatives are members of the Department of Pediatrics Education Committee, providing an active role in their program development. Annual resident retreats are offered to allow the house staff to reflect on the training program and their experiences. Many important changes have directly resulted from these retreats.

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