Pediatric Residency

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  • Chairman's Letter

    Dear Applicant,

    Thank you for your interest in the pediatric training program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Children's of Mississippi and Batson Children's Hospital for Children. These are exciting and challenging times for you as a learner and we hope that you will find our facilities and educational program something which will be stimulating and inspiring. Our faculty and house staff think you will.

    Centrally located in the capital city of Jackson, and as Mississippi's only Children's Hospital, Batson Children's offers our residents exposure to every type of pediatric problem. Our Pediatric Emergency Department, NICU, and PICU are categorized as the highest level in each of their respective areas. We also have each of the Pediatric subspecialties represented in the department of Pediatrics. However, the treatment of unusual diseases is not all we do. Our staff also act as a source of primary and secondary care for many of the children located in a metropolitan area of five-hundred thousand people. This blend of a diverse population base combined with a centralized Children's Hospital and excellent faculty provides our residents with a unique mixture of subspecialty, general medicine, acute, chronic, and well-child care.

    The goal for each trainee is to provide them with an educational experience that is broad enough to allow them to practice general pediatrics in any setting, rural or urban/academic or community, and yet individualized appropriately to prepare them for fellowship in the field and location of their choice. In addition to clinical education, our Pediatric Resident Mentor Research Program gives residents who want more research time a a solid, longitudinal experience. Our faculty is committed to this effort and enjoys an encouraging and nurturing relationship with our residents. The size of our program (36 Peds and 13 Med-Peds) and expanding) also allows the residents to get to know and work with each other while maintaining a comfortable flexibility in the schedule. We hope that providing this type of setting will allow each trainee to reach their ultimate potential and will help them to have a positive impact on the care of children throughout their career.

    As we move forward, the Children's of Mississippi, Batson Children's and the Pediatric department have made significant state of the art changes. Our PICU completed its renovation in August 2011, doubling its bed capacity. It also now includes a separate Cardiac ICU where complex congenital and acquired heart diseases are managed. Our new Pediatric Emergency Department opened in December 2011. Likewise, our faculty has grown by 25% in the past two years and continues to expand. The next project for us will be a new heart and imaging center and new inpatient tower, with planned construction starting in the next year.

    We hope you will choose to visit us and see who we are. With a growing physical plant, a dedicated and expanding faculty, a close-knit group of house officers, a diverse patient population and strong research opportunities, we feel we have a lot to offer. Once you take a look, we believe you will too.

    Frederick E. "Rick" Barr, MD, MSc
    Suzan B. Thames Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
    Batson Children's Hospital