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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, or "CHaD" for short.

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 of Northern New England that is the flagship for Dartmouth-Hitchcock, an integrated academic health system that serves a catchment area of nearly two million people and is nationally recognized for advancing value-based health care. DHMC is also the primary teaching hospital for Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and hosts over 30 Graduate Medical Education programs, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and Dartmouth SYNERGY, our Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

In addition to DHMC, the Upper Valley serves as home for Dartmouth College, with its Tuck School of Business and Thayer School of Engineering, yet remains a true 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 genuine collaboration 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 develop innovative models of clinical practice and health services delivery in conjunction with colleagues across campus. Believing that general pediatrics is foundational to delivering comprehensive 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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