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, view the videos below (including a tour of our facilities), or check out @mainemedpediatrics on Instagram 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. 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. In addition, the X +Y scheduling system fosters the ability to be wholly present whether on an inpatient or ambulatory experience
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 a significant portion of your training is designed to allow you to develop unique rotation experiences that best meet your future needs. Explore the many unique rotation offerings that have been developed over the years by past residents and faculty including our ACQUIRE rotation designed to introduce concepts of research, QI and advocacy, and Chronic Care Management, designed to provide a deeper dive into Children with Special Healthcare needs.
Resident and medical student education is also a priority. We are the primary teaching site for our third year medical students from the Maine Track of the Tufts University School of Medicine, third year students from Tufts not in the Maine Track program, as well as students from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. We host students from institutions throughout the country join us for fourth year acting internship and elective experiences.
Finally, we live in a wonderfully diverse community, both socio-economically and culturally. We care for patients who’ve relocated to Maine from all over the world and pride ourselves on providing equitable care to all Mainers, as we welcome them into our medical homes. We are committed to supporting a safe and inclusive culture, aligned with MaineHealth diversity, equity and inclusion policies where each person has recognized value, and foster a collaborative, respectful and equitable environment where our learners, faculty and teams can thrive in an ever-changing global community. We are committed to diversifying our workforce to match the patients we care for every day. Learn more about D/E/I within our Pediatric program.
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 (he/him)
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
EPIC Physician Leader/Informaticist, Chair- Pediatric Medical Informatics Committee
Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Tom Reynolds, DO (he/him)
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 (she/her)
Associate Program Director, Ambulatory Clinics and Resident Wellness, Pediatric Residency Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Welcome to Maine Medical Center’s Pediatric Residency Program website and congratulations on entering one of the most exciting chapters of your professional career! Residency is a life-changing experience and as you begin to explore programs, I hope you are able to capture a sense of our “Maine Med family” and appreciate all the things that we value in our education, training and life in Vacationland.
We are a small, but mighty program, with a profound impact. Our residents come from various backgrounds and experiences, but bring the same dedication, attention to, and passion for pediatric medicine. Our faculty are unparalleled – they know you by name, are curious about your interests and are invested in your goals, accomplishments and future successes. Training here felt familiar, motivating and nothing short of inspiring.
Every program will provide you with the tools you need to become a pediatrician, however there are unique experiences in our comprehensive training that are worth highlighting. We are a program without pediatric fellows, which means more 1:1 attending teaching, more procedure opportunities and more leadership responsibilities. We hold the admission pager as senior residents, and field in-house consults and calls from outside emergency departments, urgent cares and clinics, under the supervision of our hospitalists and intensivists. This enables us to develop a triage skillset (“critically sick, sick, or not sick”) and practice offering provider-to-provider anticipatory guidance and contingency planning. We are a tertiary referral center for the state of Maine, and have the opportunity to work on critical care transports, which exercises our clinical and leadership skills, within a supportive environment.
Lastly, the city of Portland is simply one-of-a-kind, and a place I now proudly call home. It's artistic charm, coastal beauty, foodie reputation, and outdoor accessibility are certainly enough to boast about, but the people that live here – the “true Mainers” and all the “new Mainers” – are what make this community so special.
It is truly a privilege to serve as the pediatric chief resident this year, as I cannot think of a more meaningful way to give back to the place and the people that I adore. Thank you for taking the time to learn about our program, and I hope to see you down the road! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Best of luck to you!
Rachel Coffey, D.O.
Pediatric Chief Resident 2022-2023
Explore our Resident-led Tour of our Facilities
Please enjoy this view into the Pediatric Residency Program at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine that was made in the Fall of 2020!