message from program leadership
Thank you for your interest in our outstanding pediatric residency training program here at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (WSUBSOM). Our program's home is Dayton Children's Hospital. We recognize the important decision you have ahead of you in choosing where to train for pediatrics. It is an exciting and challenging time with the new normal during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We hope to offer you information about our program virtually. We feel that the most unique aspect of our pediatrics program is the warmth, bonding, and camaraderie amongst our trainees. 2021’s requirement for Virtual Interviewing may make this a bit more difficult to convey to you. Again, welcome and know that you have chosen an exceptionally fulfilling field.
Wright State Pediatrics has some unique strengths. It is a moderate size program — big enough to interact with a wide variety of faculty and peers, yet small enough to easily develop a great support system of mentors and friends. With a faculty of more than 50 academic general pediatricians and greater than 135 pediatric subspecialists, we are able to focus attention on the 48 pediatric residents we train.
Dayton Children's Hospital is a great place to work. It provides, along with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center, a broad and rich experience in pediatrics. We put quite a lot of effort into the details of our program: the competency-based curricula, the evaluation of residents in new and innovative ways, the emphasis on self-reflective learning and the outcomes measures we use to modify our program, to name a few. With a learner-centered approach that fosters the development of each individual resident, we aim to nurture the practice of life-long learning in our residents. Overall, we have a great program!
The faculty are committed to your education. An active academic advising system ensures career progression. Mentors help solidify and support the future plans of our residents. Based on outcome and survey data, the training you receive here well prepares you for a career in general pediatrics. Likewise, if you plan on becoming a pediatric subspecialist, you will receive wonderful general pediatric training that will allow you to excel as a fellow. About 20 percent of our graduates each year choose to do a subspecialty fellowship. We have sent our graduates to outstanding fellowships such as University of North Carolina (Endocrinology), Baylor (pediatric critical care), Riley Children’s/Indiana University (neonatology) and the University of Washington (cardiology). Our board passage rate is above the national average. We are recognized nationally for being a strong place to train in general pediatrics.
Most importantly, we are proud of the people here. The atmosphere at Wright State is comfortable, warm, inviting, and facilitative. We will help you to develop into a proficient resident. We will support you through hard times and share your joy in your successes. We believe in balance between your professional and personal life. We have a commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. An overarching guiding principle in our residency is the well-being of our residents.
Overall, Wright State is a quality experience in pediatrics training. Resident-friendly and geared towards the learner, we consistently try to evolve and grow the strengths we have. I hope you enjoy your time as a fourth year. We are here to help in your search for the “right-fit” training program. We hope to be able to meet with you and talk further about our exciting training program here at Wright State University.
Ann Burke, MD, MBA, Director
Pediatrics Residency Program
Thank you for choosing pediatrics! It is truly an honor and privilege to be given the opportunity to serve the children in our community. By joining us at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and Dayton Children’s Hospital, you will work in dynamic, state of the art settings with dedicated faculty who will support you in your preparation for a career in general pediatrics or a pediatric subspecialty. It is a blessing to be part of a community that has committed to assuring that the children in our region have access to a free-standing, independent children’s hospital close to home. Our affiliation with at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine adds to your opportunities for academic success.
Dayton is also a great place to live, with short commutes, a vibrant and growing downtown, an amazing park system, and more bike trails than anywhere in the country. There are very few cities of our size that can boast to having great craft breweries, an outstanding arts scene, and an internationally recognized contemporary dance company. We are a resilient community that is coming together to address the major health and social issues of our time, and look forward to preparing the next generation of pediatricians to meet the challenges and opportunities that the future will bring.
Be a part of our efforts in the relentless pursuit of optimal health for every child within our reach!
John C. Duby, MD, FAAP, CPE
Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics