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Why CHAM?

A Large Size Program, With a Small Program Feel

We have 29 residents per class, which is more than most programs; however it does not feel that way. With the exception of neonatology at the Weiler Campus in the Bronx, all rotations are housed at the Children’s Hospital where you are separated from your colleagues by mere floors. You will know everyone from all of the classes. You will know the faculty. You will know the patients and their families. And, they will know you! Another added bonus: a larger class size means more flexibility in scheduling.

The Residents Here Are Some of the best People I Know

The sense of collegiality at CHAM is remarkable. In their colleagues, residents find people to rely on when times are tough and people to laugh with when times are good. Every year, graduating residents report that “the people” are their favorite aspect of their residency experience at CHAM.

No matter where residents live, everyone takes full advantage of the many social gatherings organized by residents, including:

  • Happy hours at local Bronx pubs or Manhattan bars
  • Dinners at favorite restaurants 
  • Group trips to Broadway shows, movies, or sporting events
  • Sunday brunches, picnics in Central Park
  • Family-style meals on holidays at the hospital.
  • “Midnight snacks” while on-call

CHAM Provides a Diverse Clinical Experience in Both Primary Pediatrics and Subspecialty Care

The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore serves an inner-city population for primary care, giving residents a solid exposure to general pediatrics in outpatient, emergency, and inpatient settings. As a referral center, CHAM has all pediatric subspecialties represented, many of which are nationally ranked. Residents are exposed to a vast range of diagnoses, giving them ample opportunity to become comfortable with rare and complex disease processes. In addition, we offer rotations through our School-Based Health Program and Mobile Van Unit servicing children all over the city.

On the floors, residents care for patients with high acuity and are often the first-line in decision making, giving an unparalleled opportunity for independent practice. Still, when unsure, support is always nearby. Interns are paired with a senior resident when on-call; there is a chief resident on-service who can provide additional back-up; sub-specialists and fellows are on-call to provide input on more complex cases. And, in true emergencies, the “Pediatric Emergency Medical Team” can be called to get immediate assistance from the division of Pediatric Critical Care 24 hours/day.

Residents care for patients in the subspecialty outpatient clinics when on electives and during their Outpatient Pediatrics Department (OPD) rotations. CHAM offers all fields of subspecialty care. Residents are assigned to one of two continuity clinics and to a single faculty preceptor for the entirety of their training. A unique experience at CHAM is the LINCS program, which provides primary care to complex patients with conditions requiring multidisciplinary involvement.

Attendings and Fellows Love to Teach

Daily rounds with attendings from the divisions of Hospital Medicine, and Adolescent Medicine provide continuous exposure to the faculty. Residents also have an opportunity to join subspecialty teams as they round throughout the day. As part of the treatment team, residents have ample opportunity to learn from these experienced clinicians. Fellows are available to answer questions, and provide resources in their field. More formally, fellows and attendings also do didactic sessions on the floors, as well as formal lectures and case conferences.

If You’re Interested in Research, You’ll Find Opportunities at CHAM

Whether you have a specific field of interest or you just want to gain familiarity with the research process, you will find it easy to secure a faculty mentor. Numerous residents present at national meetings each year, including Pediatric Academic Societies, and many leave residency with peer-reviewed journal publications on their curriculum vitae. In addition, we offer a research curriculum during the OPD month to help demystify academic inquiry for all residents.

Location, Location, Location

Working and living in New York City gives you the opportunity to experience one of the greatest cities in the world. With the hospital conveniently located near the D, 4, and 5 subway stations, the Metro-North railroad station, and many of the major highways, you have full access to all that New York has to offer. Depending on your lifestyle, you can live in the Bronx for a short commute, in the heart of Manhattan to take full advantage of the Big Apple, or in the surrounding suburbs for peace and quiet after a long shift.