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Message from the Chair of Pediatrics

Keith J. Loud, MD, MSC

Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Program at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which we affectionately call "CHaD."

I invite you to explore this website to learn more about our philosophy, the details of our training and curriculum, and our remarkable pediatric residents. Here I would like to highlight some of our institutional and departmental strengths.

CHaD is the child health service for Dartmouth-Hitchcock, an academic population health system that serves a catchment area of nearly two million people from across Northern New England and is nationally recognized for advancing value-based health care. As the flagship pediatric teaching hospital for the Geisel School of Medicine, CHaD is headquartered at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), a state-of-the-art tertiary medical center in the heart of the Upper Connecticut River Valley that hosts more than 30 other Graduate Medical Education programs. The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice shares our campus along with Dartmouth SYNERGY, our Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dartmouth College, with its Tuck School of Business and Thayer School of Engineering, are close by in the Upper Connecticut River Valley.

The Upper Valley serves as home for a nationally renowned academic medical center and research university while remaining a genuine rural community with a small town "feel." This unique setting not only accounts for a desirable quality of life with abundant cultural opportunities and outdoor activities, but also fosters real collaborations across departments, disciplines, and institutions. Our locale and small scale allow innovations to be implemented rapidly; our partnerships and reputation allow their impact to be felt widely.

Our diverse and talented pediatric faculty therefore lead the development of novel models of clinical practice and health services delivery in conjunction with The Dartmouth Institute. Believing that general pediatrics is foundational to delivering high value care in any setting, we foster the aptitude to manage complexity, the courage to tolerate uncertainty, and the moral clarity to engage in advocacy. As a graduate of the residency program myself, I can attest that our faculty has long held trainees accountable to high standards, entrusting each individual with increasing autonomy only when she or he demonstrates competence and ownership. We hold ourselves accountable to rigorously effective educational methods and high impact scholarship.

Our program, its people, and this place truly shine in person. We look forward to showing it to you during the application season.

Keith J. Loud, MD, MSC

Chair of Pediatrics

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