The goals of the Department of Pediatrics are to:
- Provide medical students with an education that will enable them to attain broad knowledge of all aspects of the primary care needs of infants, children, and adolescents;
- Provide an environment and faculty for resident education that will produce physicians who can perform competently as pediatricians;
- Prepare residents in family practice, emergency medicine, and other disciplines to meet the primary care needs of children and to recognize those conditions that require referral;
- Provide continuing education of post-graduate physicians; and
- Allow for the development of research excellence and productivity in studies designed to improve health care delivery and attainment of new knowledge of disease causation and treatment.
The department consists of 44 fully-affiliated faculty. In addition, there is a large voluntary faculty of more than 100 members who provide a large portion of the teaching of students and residents. The department is organized in several divisions, e.g., endocrinology, gastroenterology, cardiology and general pediatrics.