Pediatric Residency Program

Ann Burke, M.D., Director

Program Partners

Dayton Children’s Hospital

Children's Medical CenterThe Wright State University Department of Pediatrics is housed at Dayton Children’s Hospital, a 155-bed private, not-for-profit tertiary pediatric health care facility that offers a full range of inpatient services, 35 subspecialty and general outpatient clinics, and public health programs encompassing health maintenance, early diagnosis and treatment. Included within the hospital are a 16-bed pediatric intensive and progressive care unit, a six-bed intermediate care unit, a 10-bed hematology/oncology unit and a 41-bed state-of-the-art Level III newborn intensive care unit. Dayton Children’s is staffed by nearly 1,500 employees. The medical staff consists of around 350 physicians. Additionally, over 1,000 community volunteers devote their time to hospital.

Dayton Children's, the only children's hospital serving the greater Dayton area, receives referrals from 20 Ohio counties and eastern Indiana. Operating as an acute care facility since 1967, the medical center offers medical and surgical services as well as diagnostic evaluation in numerous areas, including the following:

This full range of subspecialists works without the involvement of fellows, offering residents close contact and direct teaching from the attendings. In addition to pediatric and internal medicine/pediatric residency training, Children's provides pediatric experience for residents in general surgery, orthopedic, psychiatry and family medicine training programs.

Centrally located just to the north of downtown Dayton, the four-story hospital offers 340,000 square feet of space for therapeutic, diagnostic and research endeavors.

Recent renovations on two general pediatric wards, inpatient and outpatient surgery (featuring private rooms before and after surgery) and the newborn intensive care unit provide completely refurbished patient care units as well as a large number of private rooms.

Dayton Children's educational facilities include several conference rooms, a modern 153-seat auditorium and a medical library containing 7,000 volumes and 250 current journal subscriptions. Complete audiovisual services and computer literature search programs are readily available to residents. A Family Resource Center is a library for staff, students, patients, families and the general public. It includes books, pamphlets, videotapes, audiotapes and access to computer databases and the internet.


USAF Medical Center Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

USAF Medical centerThe USAF Medical Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a large military facility. The second largest medical center in the Air Force, it acts as a regional referral center for the department of defense medical system and serves a large military dependent population. Outpatient pediatric operations are on the first floor of the hospital and completely dedicated to children's health care. Over 350,000 general and subspecialty pediatric outpatient visits a year, present the residents with extensive opportunities for a diverse ambulatory care experience. An obstetrics service and newborn nursery provide residents with well-structured training in normal newborn and neonatal resuscitation. The base also has the Patient Simulation Center which has state of the art human patient simulators which offers the ability to practice PALS, NRP, intubation technique, intraosseous access and chest tube placement to name a few skills.

Full-time United States Air Force pediatricians staff the pediatric department. These academic general pediatricians and fellowship-trained subspecialists work directly with residents in all aspects of pediatric care during rotations at Wright-Patterson AFB. The pediatric subspecialists represented at the base include Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Neurology, Developmental and Dermatology to name a few. The residency's adolescent medicine and behavioral-developmental block rotations take place at Wright-Patterson AFB as well. A number of the staff served as general pediatricians before coming to the residency program and thus provide a balance between the perspectives of the generalist and subspecialist in providing ambulatory training.


Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

White HallEstablished in 1973, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine strives for excellence in educating physicians, conducting research, and providing continuing and graduate medical education programs - all within the context of preparing physicians to meet the health care needs of individual patients and society as a whole.

Clinical training for medical students and resident physicians takes place in a diverse range of health-care institutions throughout the Miami Valley. Instead of operating a single, university-based hospital, Wright State works with seven major teaching hospitals and has formal affiliation agreements with more than 25 other health care institutions in the community. In addition to 360 full-time faculty, more than 1,200 physicians in private practice and other health care professionals serve as clinical faculty.

While emphasizing the training of generalist physicians, Wright State's medical education model prepares graduates for the full spectrum of medical specialties. The school places a high value on patient-focused care, community service and collaborative research. Students experience patient contact from the beginning of their first year and gain a broad clinical exposure in community settings. (See our Clinical Site Map.)

In addition to providing undergraduate medical education for about 400 medical students, the school has established dual-degree programs combining the M.D. with a Ph.D., Master of Business Administration, or Master of Public Health in a unique physician leadership development program. Integrated or affiliated graduate medical education programs are conducted in the following areas:

Wright State has one of the highest ratios of research funding to state appropriations among community-based medical schools nationwide. The Boonshoft School of Medicine houses several research centers of excellence that are nationally recognized, as well as two University System of Ohio Centers of Excellence — the WSU & Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute and the National Center for Medical readiness. Major areas of research focus on addressing community needs, including addiction intervention and treatment, cardiovascular risk factors associated with aging and cancer prevention.

The Fels Longitudinal Study, which began in 1929 and became affiliated with the school in 1977, is the world's largest and longest continuously running study of human growth and development. The NIH has called the study "a national treasure." Data gathered have been used to formulate national and international health policies and to develop pediatric growth charts used throughout the world.


Wright State University

In the tradition of the nation's best universities, Wright State University is dedicated to teaching, research, and community service. In addition, Wright State has the distinct mission of providing leadership to improve the quality of life for the people of the Miami Valley. Wright State's links to area business, community, education, and research organizations offer unique educational opportunities to a diverse student body.

Named for Dayton's aviation pioneers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, the university serves nearly 20,000 students with programs leading to more than 100 undergraduate and nearly 50 Ph.D., graduate and professional degrees offered through six colleges and three schools.

Wright State's faculty are dedicated to advancing the frontiers of knowledge as well as applying this knowledge to real problems. In addition, many of the faculty are very active in political, financial and medical fields in the community. Many classes are small and taught by fully affiliated faculty, 80 percent of whom hold terminal degrees in their fields.

More than half of WSU students live within a half-mile of the 557-acre main campus, including more than 3,000 in university-affiliated residencies. An extensive underground tunnel system links most campus buildings. Much of the modern architecture is nationally recognized for being completely accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Wright State is a member of the NCAA Division I Horizon League, sponsoring 16 intercollegiate sports, including seven for men and nine for women. The Ervin J. Nutter Center is a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment center seating up to 13,000 for concerts, intercollegiate athletic contests, and other arts and entertainment events.

WSU campus

The Wright State University campus