The three-year Pediatrics Residency Training Program at Hurley Medical Center offers residents the unique opportunity to serve and learn from one of the largest and most diverse patient populations in the state, while benefiting from the focused attention of dedicated pediatric faculty physicians — all in a vibrant urban setting with easy access to the wonders of Michigan’s great outdoors.
The result? Highly skilled and confident graduates, above-average first-time and national board-passage rates, and a strong record of placement in medical fellowships of choice.
Hurley’s Pediatrics Residency Training Program in Flint is one of three pediatric residency training programs in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU-CHM) system. It is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
3-year Peds Program
Community health, academic rigor
Our Pediatrics residency training program offers a unique balance between the diverse clinical resources of a community-based hospital and the rigorous academic atmosphere and extensive resources of a major land-grant university. In addition to their clinical practices, all program faculty are members of the MSU-CHM academic Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. Resident physicians in the pediatric program may apply for clinical instructor positions within the department. Both faculty and residents are critical components in the clinical education of MSU-CHM medical students who obtain their clinical training in Flint.
Program Director Gwen Reyes said that throughout their experience in the training program, residents are given extensive hands-on training, clinical decision-making support and numerous opportunities to take ownership of patient care. Pediatric residents are not held at arm’s length; rather, they learn how to work independently in a highly supportive atmosphere of professional respect. With this in mind, we seek residency applicants who thrive in a team environment, are rigorous thinkers, and are committed to the care of children and adolescents.
BY THE NUMBERS
# of residents per incoming class since 2014
# of pediatric specialty areas available
3-year board passage rate (2016-2018)
Strong community health focus
- Maximum 10-year program accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
- Strong affiliation with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
- Superb preparation for careers in primary care and/or subspecialties
- Excellent record of fellowship placement for residents seeking subspecialty training
- Focus on resident education
- Mentoring program
- Hands-on experience with a wide variety of patients in outpatient and inpatient settings
- Recent addition of a new pediatric floor, with private beds
- Very active, state-of-the-art, 44-bed, Level-3 NICU regional referral center and 14-bed PICU unit
- Level II Pediatric Trauma Center Certification from the American College of Surgeons (the highest designation in the region)
- Level I Adult Trauma Center Certification from the American College of Surgeons (the northern-most Level I trauma center in the state)
- Faculty and house staff availability in a congenial atmosphere
- Competitive salary and benefits
- House Staff Association that advocates for residents
Plescher named 4th-year chief
Brittany Plescher MD, a December 2019 graduate of the Hurley Pediatric Residency Program, where she was one of two elected chief residents her senior year, was named fourth-year chief for the remainder of the academic year. She mainly will handle administrative chief duties, such as scheduling and training.
In other news, the program continues to make improvements, based on feedback from residents, faculty and staff. For example, dedicated lactation rooms are readily available; Friday afternoon conferences take place at Hurley's new Abbott Education Center; and call rooms are filled with thoughtful amenities (such as toothbrushes, hand cream, throat lozenges, and more). The call-room hospitality baskets are made possible by donations from Pediatric faculty.