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Message from the Chair

Jason Higginson

Jason Higginson, MD, MA

Associate Professor and Chair
James and Connie Maynard Distinguished Scholar

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Pediatrics and our Pediatric Residency Program. One of our core values at East Carolina University is a commitment to service. We in the department of pediatrics take this to mean two important things. First, we have a deep commitment to serve our patient's needs and improve their lives. Second, we have a commitment within our department to serve one another's needs. I believe this commitment to mutual support and collegiality sets us apart from other programs and creates an atmosphere that brings out the best in all. Residents in our program benefit from a deep commitment of the pediatric faculty to their personal growth and professional success.

Our department is large enough to provide residents with exposure to complex patients requiring tertiary care in our state of the art Children's Hospital. Yet we have an intimate enough program that residents and faculty develop deep bonds with one another that last a lifetime. Our program can be tailored to meet the needs of any resident's long term professional goals: from primary care general pediatrics to the array of possible sub-specialty careers. We have a robust commitment to advancing Pediatric Research and incorporating Health Systems Science into our program. Our approach provides residents with the knowledge and experience to diagnose and manage the broad spectrum of pediatric illnesses and injuries as well as engage in the advancement of the state of the art in pediatrics.

Our program offers a modern, well-equipped clinical facility, Maynard Children's Hospital, which opened in 2013. Our Children's Hospital is the only hospital in eastern North Carolina designed for children and has a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department which opened in 2012. We provide inpatient, outpatient, and preventive community care to a population of 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. Our Children's Hospital is associated with Vidant Medical Center the regions only tertiary care center. Children's Hospital is a 197-bed hospital with about 7,000 admissions a year. Our outpatient practice will treat over 90,000 children annually.

Pediatric resident alumni from our program have gone on to be successful in many endeavors demonstrating the well-rounded nature of our program.

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.