About Us

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The OHSU Pediatric Residency Program is located predominantly at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, a tertiary care center that serves as the primary referral center for Oregon and Southwest Washington, as well as parts of Idaho, Alaska, and Northern California. The educational goal and design of the program prepare a resident for a pediatric career of their choosing, whether it is as a general pediatrician or a subspecialist, in an academic or community-based setting. There are 18 residents each year who enter the categorical (three year) track. One pediatric neurology resident enters each year for the first two years of a five year program centered at OHSU.  

The success of the OHSU Pediatric Residency program reflects its educational philosophy. With its medium size and close interaction with pediatric faculty, the program provides residents with substantial subspecialty opportunities as well as a well-coordinated outpatient continuity clinic experience. This set-up provides ample oversight towards residents gaining confidence in autonomous medical decision making and allows them to participate actively in quality improvement and advocacy projects. The program incorporates an advanced wellness curriculum and promotes advisor and mentorship interactions. Educational activities throughout the week include departmental and divisional conferences predominantly emphasizing active learning skills. 

With nearly 200,000 outpatient general pediatric and subspecialty visits a year, Doernbecher Children's Hospital serves a wide array of ambulatory patients. Inpatient and outpatient experiences throughout the three years of the residency program are set according to a curriculum that contains flexibility depending on the resident's career interests. The residency program also partners with regional health providers to support a well-rounded educational plan. A summary of the inpatient and outpatient experiences for the Pediatric Residency Program includes the following:

In addition to the standard curriculum, our Ambulatory, Inpatient and Subspecialty Pathways each have 6 individualized curriculum rotations throughout the 3 years aimed at preparing each resident for their unique career needs. Residents use this time for local clinical electives, international medicine rotations, or to advance quality improvement, advocacy or research projects.

As one of the first adopters of a universal electronic health care record spanning our ambulatory, inpatient and intensive care services, OHSU’s clinical informatics department is a national leader in innovation to support patient care and physician workflows. The electronic health record supports customization for standardized physician sign out, clinical care pathways, and early detection of deteriorating patients.