Letter from the Program Directors

The selection of a residency program will be one of the most critical decisions you make during your medical training. I am thrilled that you are considering spending this important time here at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine.

Residency training is different from all your previous years of education.  Gone are the classrooms, the tedious lectures, the homework, the tests!  Instead, learning is hands-on, in the trenches, doing rather than sitting...Examining the lungs of a child with asthma and watching how her physical examination changes while you administer bronchodilators...Resuscitating a newborn with possible meconium aspiration and learning the techniques for stabilizing his respiratory status...Stopping a seizure in an infant with the proper dose of antiepileptic...These are only a few of the many skills you will learn on your feet, at the bedside.  The best residency programs give you maximum patient interaction, maximum bedside experience, maximum exposure...At St Louis Children's Hospital we pride ourselves on providing these experiences to our residents.

Indeed, St. Louis Children’s Hospital has been the proving grounds for hundreds of general pediatricians, pediatric specialists, clinician-investigators, division directors, Chairmen and even medical school Deans for more than a century. As one of the major medical centers in the United States, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University offer a unique opportunity for physicians to obtain comprehensive pediatric training in a world-class setting.

The combination of a bustling, modern pediatric hospital and a vigorous, well-respected medical school offers the best qualities of two worlds. Within our hospital environment, focused specifically on the needs of children, is a genuine feeling of community and purpose. Just beyond our hospital doors is a vast resource for those who may choose advanced study in almost any area of biomedical science and medicine.

Our house staff has served the children of St. Louis and the region for over 125 years!  We care for children — and one another — and grow as both willing teachers and pupils. There are no better people with whom you could choose to work and learn.

Christine M. Hrach, MD
Interim Program Co-director

Patrick J. Reich, MD
Interim Program Co-director
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