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 Wright-Patterson Medical Center (WPMC), which is the second largest medical center in the Air Force. The newly renovated outpatient pediatric clinic located within WPMC has the second largest pediatric outpatient clinic in the Air Force which 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 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.
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 Connor Child Health Pavillion. 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 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, continuity clinic lectures and faculty mentorship.
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 email@example.com