Education and Training Opportunities

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Why Boston Children’s Hospital?

Boston Children's Hospital is committed to providing high quality continuing education to pediatric providers and specialists throughout the world. A pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital has more than 800 attending physicians and researchers are who are on the frontier of the understanding and treatment of many pediatric diseases and disorders. Our education and training offerings provide opportunities to learn from our leading experts in pediatric care.

Most of our education courses and training opportunities take place in and around Boston, Massachusetts, USA. However, others can be explored online from your personal computer.  You can find descriptions of our array of offerings below.

For general inquiries, please contact Boston Children’s at international.resources@childrens.harvard.edu.

Education opportunities

Observerships

The Observership Program at Boston Children's Hospital is an orientation for medical graduates who wish to update their clinical and educational skills in a particular specialty. Each observer will be matched with a faculty member who will serve as a mentor during observer training at Boston Children's.

Application process: Applicants should provide a CV, a letter of reference from their sponsoring institution and a goals statement. A minimum of six months advance notice is usually required for each department. If the observer is still in medical school, he or she must apply for a clerkship rotation via the Harvard Medical School registrar.

Please complete this form to inquire about observerships at Boston Children’s.

Residency program

Each year, approximately 450 postgraduate students spend at least a portion of their residencies at Boston Children's Hospital. The Boston Children's pediatric medicine residency program merged in 1995 with the pediatric residency program at Boston Medical Center to form the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics, the first joint pediatric training program between two medical schools. The program draws the brightest medical school graduates who wish to specialize in pediatrics from around the world.

Application process: To be considered, international medical graduates must have an exceptional medical school record and have received the kinds of prizes, medals or awards that are given to top students. In most cases, applicants will also have a strong record of accomplishment in research, prior residency training in pediatrics or both. Applicants also must demonstrate excellent spoken and written English and the ability to work in a modern, highly complex medical center. International applicants must be Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)-certified before completion of the interview process. Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Click here to view all requirements for international applicants. 

Please complete this form to inquire about the residency program at Boston Children’s.

Fellowships

Fellowship opportunities at Boston Children’s Hospital are available to qualified physicians who seek additional training in a clinical subspecialty or preparation for research and academic careers in pediatrics. Boston Children’s offers more than 40 fellowship programs at the Boston, Massachusetts and area facilities. 

Additionally, the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is partnering with Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 in Cairo to offer an innovative fellowship in pediatric oncology. The new fellowship is an important milestone in 57357’s development and in the formal partnership between the Egyptian and American programs. The 2½-year fellowship is open to bilingual graduates of accredited pediatric residency programs throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Fellows will spend the bulk of their time at 57357, with regular visits from Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s clinicians. They will also spend one month each year in Boston. Once they complete the fellowship, they will be accredited to practice in their home country, but not in the United States. Learn more about this fellowship opportunity.

Application process: The process to apply for fellowship at Boston Children’s varies per specialty. Please complete the following form to inquire about a specific fellowship program(s) at Boston Children’s.

Continuing Medical Education courses

Boston Children’s Hospital offers opportunities to attend Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses held in or near Boston, Massachusetts. Courses focus on various pediatric specialty topics and may be tailored to the needs and interests of primary care practitioners, pediatric subspecialists, nurses, residents and fellows in training and allied health professionals.

2014 CME courses in Boston include:
a. Pediatric Emergency Medicine: State of the Art (March 27-28)
b. Advances in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition 2014 (April 10-12)
c. Practical Aspects of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care (May 2-4)
d. Adolescent Health Care (May 15-17)
e. The Michael J. Bresnan Child Neurology Course (September 15-19)
f. Pediatric Pain Management: State of the Art and Science (October 17-18)
g. Essential Pediatric Urology for the Primary Care Clinician (November 6-7)

For a complete list of CME courses at Boston Children’s, please visit bostonchildrens.org/cme.
Please complete the following form to join the mailing list for upcoming CME courses.

OPENPediatrics™

OPENPediatrics™ is an online learning application designed for physicians and nurses who care for critically ill children in all resource settings across the world. Sponsored by Boston Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, OPENPediatrics has created an interactive virtual training and knowledge exchange platform to enhance the quality of pediatric critical care and revolutionize the existing post-graduate medical education model. Designed by experienced physicians at Boston Children’s, in collaboration with IBM Interactive, OPENPediatrics is changing the existing medical education paradigm by offering asynchronous interactive learning and various avenues for knowledge sharing outside the walls of select institutions. 

Users of the application will find academically rigorous and peer-reviewed lectures, simulators and protocols. All material is accessible at no cost to the user.  Complete the following form to register for OPENPediatrics.

Pediatric Simulator Program

The Pediatric Simulator Program at Boston Children’s Hospital is the first hospital-based simulator at a teaching hospital in New England. The simulation suite is a dual-purpose simulation laboratory and procedure room with an adjacent control room and conference room located within a state-of-the-art Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit. 

The Boston Children’s program was accredited by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Boston Children’s was the first pediatric center to be endorsed by the ASA and one of only 31 ASA-endorsed centers nationwide.

The Simulator Program operates as a post-graduate university for trainees from multiple disciplines and departments and offers a myriad of simulation-enhanced solutions to educational challenges that fall within four broad categories:
• crisis resource management
• competency-based training
• professional staff development
• institutional policy implementation

Professional learning and development opportunities are offered through the program, including CME courses and workshops, internship and fellowship programs and invited lectures series. 

Please complete the following form to inquire about the Simulator Program.

Robotic Surgery Research and Training Program

Boston Children's Hospital is the only pediatric hospital to offer certification for physicians in the use of robotic equipment. At the hospital's 800,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art research building, a robot is dedicated to helping surgeons develop and perfect new robotic procedures and surgical techniques before they are applied to patients. Training is based on didactics, videos, surgery observation, and hands-on animal laboratory sessions.  Since 2005, the program has trained over 100 physicians and medical professionals from all over the world on robotic surgery.

Protocols are also in place to train nurses and other surgical support staff in setting up robotic equipment and patient safety procedures.  In addition, the program offers training videos addressing a wide range of procedures and condition, as well as an emergency simulation in which real-life operating room scenarios are presented. This approach to training helps medical professionals improve communication with nurses, anesthesiologists and other staff and provides an invaluable opportunity for working with the robotic equipment.

Application process: Requirements for application include surgical training experience at the resident, fellow, or attending level, and experience in laparoscopic surgery.

Please fill out the following form to inquire about the Robotic Surgery Research and Training Program.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
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