Our Pediatric Residency Program provides an exceptional education with a breadth of experience typically found only in large centers. As a tertiary care referral hospital for all of Maine and Southern New Hampshire, we offer state-of-the-art care. All this takes place in what we consider the most beautiful, small city in the country. We think you'll agree that three years in Portland, Maine, is "the way life should be." We invite you to explore the links on the left to learn more about our program!
Pediatric Residency Program
Hear from Program Director, Brian Youth, MD and current faculty and residents about our exceptional program.
We welcome your interest in the pediatric residency training program at The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center. As the only tertiary care facility for children in Maine, our residency program offers comprehensive training designed to provide an excellent foundation in general pediatrics. We are enthusiastic about preparing our graduates to practice general pediatrics or to enter the fellowship of their choice. Our patient population includes children throughout the state of Maine and parts of New Hampshire from diverse ethnic groups and multiple socioeconomic backgrounds.
We strongly believe in preventive care and the importance of child advocacy and emphasize these beliefs throughout our training program. Our faculty has a strong commitment to excellence in patient care and teaching. Residents in our program receive outstanding education in primary care and both inpatient and outpatient training balanced with critical care and sub-specialty experiences. Whether it is in our hospital or ambulatory units, our simulation center, or in one of our community or rural affiliated practices, you will experience pediatrics side by side with our attending faculty, and have ample opportunity to take ownership of the healthcare of your patients.
Extensive contact with faculty is the norm here as we do not have fellows in our program. This gives our residents autonomy and the opportunity for direct teaching and focused mentorship from our faculty. Take some time to explore the curriculum section of our website which describes the variety of opportunities available for rotations. Note that seven blocks of your training are available to develop unique rotation experiences that best meet your future needs. This opportunity, combined with an additional four blocks of sub-specialties, provides eleven blocks of training specific to your individual interests. Unique rotation offerings including chronic care management, neonatal neurology, procedural month experiences and many others developed by our attending staff and past residents.
Resident and medical student education is also a priority. Our third year medical students are from the Maine Track of the Tufts University School of Medicine as well as the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and students from institutions throughout the country join us for fourth year acting internship and elective experiences.
Please explore the rest of our residency website, and check-out the MMC Pediatric Residency Instagram. Or, learn more about MMC in general and all available residency programs.
We look forward to introducing you to our faculty and residents and to sharing our dedication to the welfare of children and to the education of pediatricians in training!
Brian Youth, MD
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Medical Director, Newborn Nursery, Department of Pediatrics, BBCH
Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Tom Reynolds, DO
Associate Program Director- Scholarly Activity and Faculty Development, Pediatric Residency Program
Division Director, Pediatric Neurology
Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Pam Dietz, MD
Associate Program Director, Ambulatory Clinics and Resident Wellness, Pediatric Residency Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Message from our Chief Resident
Welcome to our website, and thank you for your interest in our pediatric residency program! I’m excited to have the opportunity to share with you some of the things that make Maine Medical Center a unique and amazing place to pursue your residency training, and why Portland could be the home you never knew you needed.
The people: The pediatric faculty at Maine Medical Center include a fantastic mix of “Mainers,” who are devoted to serving the children of Maine, and transplants from across the country ready to share training and ideas from other innovative pediatric care centers. As a transplant myself I can attest to the quality of the people here! Our pediatric faculty are excellent educators who will know you by name, challenge you to think and make decisions, and encourage you to find your own passions and calling within pediatrics. The faculty truly support you and care about your wellbeing, going above and beyond to make sure your education is all you hope it to be. Longitudinal relationships are formed between faculty and residents over the years you spend here, optimizing personal and professional. These relationships contribute to an open and welcoming learning environment and become invaluable when looking for professional mentorship as you think about career or fellowship planning. No matter where you see your life headed in pediatrics, you will have a team cheering you on at Maine Medical Center—that’s a promise.
The size: Our program size (with 6 categorical pediatric residents per year as well as 4 medicine-pediatric residents each year) allows for close relationships to form between our residents and faculty. The overall size of our program, in addition to the culture of our institution and program detailed above, is what makes our community such a tight-knit place to practice and learn. You will build lifelong friendships with each of your fellow residents in this program, and close professional relationships with the faculty. You may ask yourself if a program of our size can still retain the flexibility and work-life balance of a larger program. My answer is absolutely yes! Both our administrative faculty and resident group hold high both of these values and become your advocates when professional and personal needs arise. You will find that people here support each other unendingly and will go above and beyond for their coworkers, a big perk of the smaller, tight knit program.
The teaching: Since residency is the last (or second to last) part of your journey through medical education, I would like to highlight some unique aspects of pediatric resident education at Maine Medical Center. We do have standard classroom-based educational sessions (daily morning reports, weekly Grand Rounds, and 2-3 hours per week of high quality case-based didactic sessions for a protected half-day every Thursday), as do most programs. Our educators take a lot of pride in these lectures, and they are of consistently high quality. As good as these sessions are though, it is the teaching that goes on outside the classroom that makes our residency special. Clinical teaching is emphasized on every rotation, and it manifests in a variety of ways. From the inpatient service’s radiology rounds to newborn “neurology rounds”, each rotation strives to maximize learning opportunities. Additionally, our program’s individualized curriculum allows residents to customize their experience to align with professional interests and goals. Finally, we have a thriving simulation center and curriculum that helps residents train for high acuity situations and provides an opportunity to practice advanced procedures in a multi-disciplinary setting.
The experience: One of my favorite things about this program is its emphasis on protecting “the resident experience” – particularly as it pertains to autonomy. In this day and age, it is easy for residents’ responsibilities and authority to be eroded by a multitude of forces. The attending physicians here are mindful of this, and they make a point to stress resident leadership and clinical decision-making. Interns are encouraged to take full ownership of their patients on the floor. Senior residents run their inpatient teams in every sense of the word, while simultaneously fielding all admission requests from the ED and pediatric consult calls from outside hospitals. While each of these responsibilities can be incredibly challenging at times, the education and experience they provide cannot be overstated. On the outpatient side, our resident clinic is a true continuity clinic where residents have their own patient panel whom they know well and whose care they direct. These opportunities serve as just a few examples of how our program pushes residents to grow through clinical experiences.
The location: Last, but certainly not least, is our beautiful location on the coast of Maine. With views of the bay from the hospital rooms, walking/running/hiking trails aplenty, surfing to skiing, bicycling to boating, oysters to lobster, and everything in between at your fingertips, how can you help but be intrigued? Portland is a one-of-a-kind, earth friendly, foodie and outdoor enthusiast haven with easy access to all the water and land activities you can imagine. There’s a reason Maine is called “Vacationland!”
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our program! Having trained at another program and moved to Portland for this year as a chief resident, I can honestly say that this is a place, a community, a program worth being part of. I’m proud to help lead such a strong group of residents and work alongside people devoted to taking care of the children in Maine. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about our program, and thanks again!
Carolyn Ranten, DO
Pediatric Chief Resident 2020-2021