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Message from our Program Directors

Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Training Program at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD)! As the only tertiary care facility for children in the state of New Hampshire, our program offers comprehensive training with broad experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, taught within the context of family centered care. We have many strengths and unique opportunities that make our program a fantastic place to train and we look forward to sharing more about our program!

Our program philosophy

We are focused on fostering the personal and professional growth of our residents and preparing exemplary pediatricians who are humanistic, compassionate, committed to children's health and able to manage a broad range of pediatric issues from primary to intensive care. We provide family-centered children's health care and train residents to become pediatricians able to advocate for children in our communities and society, and provide important foundational skills for those pursing academic careers. We pride ourselves on the fact that our residents have direct, one-to-one interactions with experienced, committed faculty in all areas of pediatrics with progressive levels of responsibility and autonomy over the course of residency training.

Rigorous and personalized

Our program is characterized by high standards of academic and clinical achievement in a collegial learning environment. Faculty accessibility and program flexibility allows residents to individualize their professional development and to pursue focused academic interests and research initiatives.

Our talented faculty

Our talented faculty represent the full cohort of medical and surgical subspecialties in pediatrics and they are eager to share their expertise. A dedicated ambulatory faculty provides each resident with the same continuity clinic attending for three years. Additionally, residents work closely with our hospitalists, intensivists and specialists and develop strong longitudinal relationships. These relationships allow faculty to focus on and support each resident's education based on their specific strengths and areas for improvement. Our faculty are highly accessible to our residents and with only one fellowship program (neonatology), our residents are able to work closely with our faculty in electives, consultations and chronic disease programs.

Enrichment opportunities

The flexibility and ability to individualize each resident's education allows for involvement in a number of exciting initiatives which are highlighted on this site. Residents may be involved in community and legislative advocacy through the Boyle Community Pediatrics Program, participate in global health initiatives and pursue research endeavors in an academically rich environment, augmented by our close relationship with The Dartmouth Institute and the Leadership and Preventative Medicine Residency Program.

Our residents!

We have a close-knit residency program with residents from diverse backgrounds who choose a wide variety of careers. Our residents are talented, committed to providing the best patient care and most importantly, have fun!

We invite you to explore our residency program and hope to meet you in person to share our strengths and highlight the wonderful aspects of the Upper Valley!

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

Message from the Chief Resident

Welcome to our Pediatric Residency Program website. I’m happy to share with you why I absolutely love our program and the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth!

From the start of my intern year, everyone in the program has been unbelievably supportive. The cohesion of the residents was immediately evident, highlighting every success and collaborating to solve any problem that arose. Working together has made every day of my residency enjoyable, and has led to many lasting friendships.

The small size of our program provided the ability to tailor individualized electives to my interests while still receiving an excellent general pediatric foundation. Working closely with such approachable and knowledgeable attendings, I have regularly felt challenged and been motivated to improve. This community also fosters invested mentors who have helped me focus my scholarly activity and future career goals. Our wide catchment area provides the opportunity to take care of all kinds of patients, from those with the common cold to critically ill patients with rare diseases.

As chief resident I get to continue working with this incredible group of residents and attendings. I am also enjoying another year of the beautiful Upper Valley; there are so many ways to spend time outdoors here with friends and family, no matter the season!

If you have more questions about what life is like here as a resident, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for your interest in CHaD!

Zach Newton, MD

Pediatric Chief Resident