Message from the Chairman

Charles F. Willson, MD, FAAP

Charles F. Willson, MD, FAAP

Clinical Professor and Interim Chairman

Thank you for your interest in our pediatric training program. Our three-year pediatric residency emphasizes a combination of primary-continuity care and exposure to complex patients whose medical conditions require management in a tertiary care center. This approach provides the resident with the knowledge and experience to diagnose and manage the broad spectrum of pediatric illnesses and injuries.

Our program offers a highly qualified and dedicated faculty and modern, well-equipped clinical facilities at the Maynard Children's Hospital at Vidant Medical Center, the Pediatric Outpatient Center, the Adult and Pediatric Health Care Center, the Pediatric Specialty Care Center, the East Carolina Heart Institute, Children's Services the Developmental Services Agency, the Family Autism Center, and Tedi Bear: Children's Advocacy Center. The latter is a nationally accredited center with services that include forensic evaluation of possibly abused children by skilled providers, mental health therapy for victims, and community based child-abuse prevention programs. Residents are also provided the opportunity to learn about rural health by involvement in the off-site clinic offered periodically in Snow Hill, North Carolina.

Our Children's Hospital is the only hospital in eastern North Carolina designed for children. Because we are the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and the Colleges of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, our patients benefit from the latest and best research and treatment. We provide inpatient, outpatient and preventive community care to a population of 1.3 million in 29 eastern North Carolina counties.

Our 197-bed hospital will have about 7,000 admissions this year, and between the hospital and medical school, we will treat over 90,000 children in outpatient visits. We opened a new Pediatric Emergency Department in June 2012 and a new Children's Hospital in July 2013.

Pediatricians, pediatric specialists, pediatric surgeons and pediatric residents provide outstanding healthcare to our children. In addition, our neonatal nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, child life specialists, social workers, school teachers and other staff are dedicated to the well being of children.

Our care includes community activities targeting wellness and prevention, disease management of selected patient populations, school health specialists and outreach education programs. Patients, families and staff benefit from services such as the Ronald McDonald House, the Children's Miracle Network, the East Carolina Injury Prevention Program, the Vidant Wellness Program, the School Health Program, the Family Support Network, the Pediatric Asthma Program, the C5 Program, the Duke endowment funded Pediatric Healthy Weight Case Management Program, the Community Care Program of eastern North Carolina, the KidPower Program, and the IN4KIDS Program. We provide services to the State's schools for the Deaf and Blind, area county health departments and numerous outreach clinical sites to include New Bern, Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Ahoskie, Elizabeth City and Wilson. Residents also participate in and learn from nationally recognized community and system-based programs that have resulted in remarkable and measurable improvements in the care of children with certain disorders such as asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

In summary, we provide a challenging and comprehensive professional experience, in a cooperative atmosphere, that makes this a location to seriously consider for post-graduate training.