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prospective residents

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 Cheri Russell at the Dayton Children’s medical education office, 937-641-3433 x1 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 210.
  • 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: $56,538
  • R2: $59,177
  • R3: $61,816


  • Residents at all levels of training receive three weeks (15 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

Parking: free parking

Uniforms: 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. Each month residents receive journal articles, Nelson’s textbook material, PREP questions and additional web links related to that month’s topics. 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. Learn more here.

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