Message from the Program Director
Dear Prospective Resident,
The people of our residency program remain our greatest strength.
Our residents come from 34 medical schools across 18 states and four countries. Together, they form an energetic, engaged, and skillful housestaff. Interns are welcomed into our supportive community, where friendships develop that last long beyond residency. Upper-level residents consistently demonstrate leadership and take an active role in teaching and mentorship. Residents at all levels of training assume responsibility for their patients’ care and develop confidence in clinical decision making while demonstrating professionalism in their personal interactions.
Our approachable teaching faculty prioritize resident education and growth, across all areas of clinical care. Our program is committed to a robust clinical education. Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the primary site for the residency training program. As it is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the United States and the primary tertiary care center in the state, our housestaff have the opportunity to work with very diverse patient populations with diverse health needs. Residents care for patients with a wide range of medical problems, from foundational pediatric care in our resident-centered Primary Care Clinic and general pediatric wards, to managing those with complex subspecialty care needs. Our program is committed to cultivating a solid education in general pediatrics to become an excellent pediatrician, as well as the foundation to pursue a successful career in a pediatric subspecialty.
We are equally dedicated to supporting education outside of clinical care and promoting academic scholarship. Our residents receive didactic education through morning report, noon conference, subspecialty didactics, and newly introduced academic half-days. We also uniquely offer asynchronous learning opportunities for rotation-specific education and board preparation. In addition to medical knowledge and clinical skills, our resident curriculum explores important topics for the wholehearted pediatrician, including quality improvement, advocacy, DEI, wellness, research, and more.
Thank you for your interest in our pediatric residency program. We look forward to getting to know you virtually and hope to have you join our outstanding team.
Becca Perin, M.D.
Interim Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics
Message from Arkansas Children’s President & CEO
Dear Prospective Resident:
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Pediatrics and Arkansas Children’s. I hope you’ll read more about our comprehensive services on our website, but as President and CEO of Arkansas Children’s, I want to personally share with you a little about our history, our future, and most importantly our culture.
For more than 100 years, Arkansas Children’s has provided care to the children of Arkansas and beyond, and today that privilege includes serving more than 700,000 children across the state. In the past seven years, we have evolved from a single site hospital in the middle of the state into the only pediatric health system, with two hospitals, a research institute, a philanthropic foundation, regional clinics and alliances, telemedicine, and statewide outreach programs.
Our mission at Arkansas Children’s is to champion children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow. And we do so by working to fulfill our promise: Unprecedented child health. Defined and delivered. This is really exciting work and our 2020-2025 strategic plan addresses the many ways we are working towards fulfilling that promise.
We have four core values at Arkansas Children’s: safety, teamwork, compassion, and excellence. Everything we do starts with safety – safety for our patients and safety for our staff. We bookend safety with the value of excellence. While we may not be perfect, we can be excellent. Teamwork and compassion place people at the center of what we do. These values are the words that define our behavior and make our employees proud to work here.
I believe if you feel called to be in pediatric healthcare, you will be fulfilled in your work every day at Arkansas Children’s. Our strong partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Pediatrics, allows us to offer a tremendous teaching environment so you will complete your residency well-prepared for a successful professional career.
I hope you will consider joining our mission as we take bold steps to grow and advance the future of child health and Arkansas Children’s.
Marcy Doderer, FACHE
President & CEO