Pediatric Residency Program


Our Pediatric Residency Program provides an outstanding educational experience in all aspects of pediatric medicine.

During the three years of training, residents become proficient in the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illnesses, and gain experience in preventive and health maintenance. The fully accredited program provides each resident the opportunity to develop expertise in general pediatric medicine as well as in-depth experience in all the subspecialties of pediatrics.

The program prepares graduates to face the challenges and complexities of their practice of pediatrics by fostering lifelong habits and attitudes of learning, promoting the care of children in a continuity-care-setting, and providing increasing responsibility and independence in the clinical decision-making process. In addition, residents have the opportunity to participate in clinical or laboratory research projects with the faculty. Approximately one-third of our graduating residents pursue fellowship training.

Dr. Lewis

Donald W. Lewis, M.D.
Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Our mission is to teach not only the science of pediatrics but also the art of pediatrics.

The faculty members of the Department of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School are firmly committed to providing an enriching educational experience for medical students, residents and fellows. The Department has a proud tradition of excellence in education and provides a diversity of clinical, educational, and research opportunities.

Our Department emphasizes three important components of our Residency program; education, scholarly activities, and service. Our principal emphasis, clearly, is to provide our residents with a broad education in clinical pediatrics.  We strive to instill an atmosphere of eagerness and enthusiasm for learning and inquiry. We encourage an evidence-based approach with critical analysis of therapies in order to assess validity and effectiveness. Our faculty members directly mentor residents to attain the requisite clinical and intellectual skills that modern pediatric medicine demands.

Our Residency program provides both the breadth and the depth of pediatric experiences that prepare our graduates for success whether they plan on fellowship programs or plan to directly enter primary care arena.  An indication of that balance is that approximately one-third to one-half of our residents enter fellowship training each year at top fellowship programs across the country.

Our residents also must become teachers to students, fellow residents and, most importantly, to their patients.  Ample opportunities are given to permit our residents to become confident and skilled clinician-educators.

Our second goal is to provide our residents with the tools and support system to engage in scholarly activities which includes clinical and “bench” research, novel educational approaches, and community educational programs in an atmosphere of collegiality emphasizing openness of communication and respect.

And thirdly, we strongly believe that our graduates must become advocates for children’s health in our community, our nation and the world.  We provide our residents with opportunities to engage in a wide variety of service activities in order to foster a lifelong commitment to service.

While achieving these goals, your residency must be personally as well as professionally rewarding.  You must have time to have fun!  One of the most enjoyable features of pediatricians is their willingness to laugh and live life to the fullest.  Your personal life should not be put on “hold” during your residency.

I warmly welcome your interest in our Department.  I invite you to read through the information on our website, and especially to visit us at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, which is an outstanding facility.

Please feel free to write me or email me if there questions I may answer for you.




There are currently 55 residents and over 100 full-time faculty representing general pediatrics and all of the subspecialty areas of pediatrics.  In addition, over 125 clinical faculty throughout the community participate in the residency program.  The hospital has 165 beds and admits approximately 6,000 patients per year, with over 100,000 children seen in the Children's Outpatient Center.  The ambulatory center supports at over 55 general and specialty clinics


Eastern Virginia Medical School Department of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters