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Department of Surgery Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

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Program Description

Boston Children’s Hospital has a long and rich tradition of training the leaders in pediatric surgery. It is a two-year clinical training program for which we have three ACGME approved positions. One resident selected to begin training on odd years and two residents to begin training on even years through the National Resident Matching Program. The applicant must have completed a general surgical training program and must be eligible to take the qualifying examination in general surgery given by the American Board of Surgery or the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.

The two-year pediatric surgical residency offers exposure to a large volume of complex cases with liberal use of minimally invasive techniques. Operative experience includes thoracic, abdominal, urologic, oncologic, vascular, endoscopic and transplant surgery. Our busy outpatient clinic is an integral component of the program, providing preoperative evaluation and postoperative care of many of the patients, particularly newborns

First Year Resident


The first year pediatric surgical residents serve as the associate chief residents and spend at least eight months working closely with the chief resident and senior staff in all aspects of general pediatric surgery. Residents are on home call third night and weekend. During the first year, in addition to pediatric surgery, the associate chief residents gain exposure during selected electives to specialties such as: neonatology, pediatric otorhinolaryngology, pediatric urology or pediatric cardiothoracic surgery.


Second Year Resident


The second year pediatric surgical resident serves as the administrative chief resident for eight months, with full responsibility for the General Surgical Service which has on average 40-70 inpatients a day. The chief resident operates daily, and as administrative chief, is responsible for resident assignments on all general surgical cases. In addition, the chief resident performs a wide variety of complex surgical procedures and assists the associate chief residents and the general surgery residents. The administrative chief resident conducts the Morbidity and Mortality Conference and coordinates Surgical Grand Rounds.




Both the first year and the second year pediatric surgical residents are expected to attend the following conferences:

  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference: Tuesdays, weeks 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Trauma Conference: Tuesdays, week 1
  • Surgical Grand Rounds: Wednesdays, September to June
  • Resident Lecture: Wednesdays, Weekly
  • Professor Rounds: Wednesdays, Weekly
  • Specialty Conferences (Radiology, GI, Endocrine, Ethics): Wednesdays

Optional Conferences

  • Advanced Fetal Care Conference: Tuesdays, weekly
  • Vascular Anomalies Conference: Wednesdays, weekly
  • Tumor Conference, Tuesdays, weekly
  • Tumor Board, Mondays, monthly


Outside Courses


Each resident will have the opportunity to attend the following courses:

  • Annual Pediatric Surgical Oncology Review Course, sponsored by St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
  • Annual Pediatric Surgery Residents Conference at the American Academy of Pediatrics Meeting
  • Pediatric Colorectal Course
  • Fellows Course in Advanced MIS


National Meetings


Each resident will attend the Annual American Pediatrics Surgical Association Meeting or the Annual Surgical Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics meeting.


Outpatient Experience


Both the first year and the second year pediatric surgical residents are expected to attend Index Clinic every Wednesday morning.


Typical Weekly Clinical Responsibilities


Daily rounds
Daily operating room experience
Weekly Index Clinic
Weekly Conferences
In-house Call every 3rd Friday




A very close working relationship exists between the senior surgical staff and the resident staff. All senior staff members have offices within the hospital, facilitating close case-by-case and day-to-day interactions between the senior staff and the residents. Senior staff members are assigned on a daily basis as the "Surgeon of the Day" and are expected to participate in the decision making, the conduct of surgery in all cases and in the care of critically ill patients.




Applicants must apply to the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship program through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) web site. Further information about our Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program may be directed to:

Theresa McCarthy, Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 617-355-2469
Fax: 617-730-0475

Craig W. Lillehei, MD, Program Director

Thomas E. Hamilton, MD, Associate Program Director




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