prospective military residents
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 stand-alone children’s hospital while still gaining exposure to the military medical system to develop all the skills that will make you a successful officer and physician in the United States Air Force. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) hosts the second largest medical center in the Air Force, the WrightPatterson Medical Center (WPMC.) The newly renovated outpatient pediatric clinic located within WPMC has the second largest pediatric outpatient clinic in the Air Force and serves approximately 8,000 military children.
Our residents rotate through the newborn nursery, adolescent clinic, and developmental clinic in addition to the WPMC General Pediatric Clinic. The Base also houses the Patient Simulation Center, a state-of-the-art facility hosting high-fidelity 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, military intelligence initiatives, and aircraft service and stationing (including Air Force One!)
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 primary continuity clinic experience at WPAFB while civilians have their clinic at the Connor Child Health Pavillion. Secondly, program leadership has made medical officer development a priority to ensure that when residents graduate from the program, they are not just exceptional pediatricians, but also model Air Force medical officers. This is done in a variety of ways, including our unique military medical officer orientation course, the military medical humanitarian assistance course, annual visits from the pediatric consultant of the Air Force, regular continuity clinic lectures, and faculty mentorship.
The area is very supportive of the Air Force as WPAFB is the largest single-site employer of civilians in the state of Ohio. There are many restaurants, shops, museums, and events that offer military discounts, creating an additional financial incentives to live in this already affordable 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 Rick Valone at Wright Patterson Air Force Base Pediatrics, (937) 522-4719 or firstname.lastname@example.org