Nationally Recognized Academic Center

Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program

Christiana Care has been a top-rated academic medical center for more than a century. Our residents and fellows experience a rigorous and rewarding combination of academic training and hands-on experience in a multitude of settings. Our 2 hospital system also includes a stand alone cancer center and simulation lab.

The Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program attracts candidates from around the country who value our challenging academic curriculum within multiplesettings.
Our diverse patient mix offers residents exceptional opportunities to diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of primary-care diseases, as well as tertiary-care medical conditions not routinely encountered in smaller hospital settings.

Since 1989, our Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program has trained physicians for careers in primary care, hospitalist and in the subspecialties in both academic and non-academic settings. Residents work closely with our large Med-Peds faculty (nine faculty) and our community and inpatient Med-Peds attendings (35 attendings) to develop competence and excellence in both specialties for dual board certification. Our residents are very comfortable treating patients with both acute care and chronic care needs, as well as with preventive medicine and well visits. Our residents , Med-Peds coordinator and faculty are leaders who contribute to our national reputation and stature in our specialty including full ACGME accreditation with no citations.
Our Categorical Medicine (12 interns per year) and Pediatrics (22 interns per year) programs strongly support our combined training program (4 interns per year). We have diverse patient populations with tremendous pathology and vast referral bases from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. Our residents train in both community and tertiary care settings, including the majority of pediatric training at the Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children. Our Medicine-Pediatrics program is uniquely sponsored by Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (Delaware’s medical school) and is a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Some highlights of the program:

  • Work in underserved communities in Wilmington and have elective experiences in a Delaware federally qualified health center with Med-Peds mentors.
  • Participate in international rotations and a two-year global health curriculum developed by Med-Peds residents and faculty.
  • Participate in our research track (years 2-4) and complete a project at Christiana Care or A.I. du Pont Hospital for Children.
  • Contribute to pediatric and adult community advocacy, including transition care (primary care, cystic fibrosis, oncology survivors and congenital heart disease) led by Med-Peds faculty and residents.
  • Learn from our mini-MBA program developed and led by our Med-Peds residents with business degrees and obtain an MBA from University of Delaware (partially subsidized by Christiana Care).
  • Develop skills in quality and safety with a mandatory 12-week master’s level course called Achieving Competence Today (ACT). Complete the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) open school modules.
  • Hone teaching and presentation skills with our 10-week pedagogical skills workshop.
  • Participate in our evidence based pediatrics and medicine curriculum with our librarians and faculty including experience an evidence based field trip to our local baby store.
  • Acquire leadership and team leader skills off campus through yearly retreats in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics or our special two-week leadership elective for residents.
  • Lead community and advocacy events including teaching seventh graders about healthy living.
  • Train in non-medicine or pediatrics departments such as women’s health, surgical subspecialties, orthopedics, ophthalmology, dermatology, and sports medicine.
  • Work with Med-Peds practitioners in the community and hospital on a continuity basis including our preceptorship program (work one-on-one with a Med-Peds faculty member in their practice) during years 3 and 4.
  • Work at University of Delaware’s student health center.
  • Gain high-risk delivery room experience (more than 6,000 deliveries per year).
  • Serve on hospital committees and national Med-Peds organizations including the National Med-Peds Resident’s Association.
  • Belong to the Delaware Chapter and National American Academy of Pediatrics, Delaware Chapter and National American College of Physicians.

Residents gain increased responsibility as they progress through the program and assume leadership positions in both departments, including chief residency.