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Pediatric Residency Program Director: Request for Applications

Friday, January 8, 2021
McGovern Davison Children's Health Center

The Department of Pediatrics in the Duke University School of Medicine is seeking a full-time, regular rank faculty member at the Associate Professor level or above to serve as Pediatric Residency Program Director. 


The Duke Department of Pediatrics, part of the world-renowned Duke University School of Medicine, is dedicated to excellence in its missions of clinical care, education, research, and advocacy. The department offers highly competitive educational programs that identify and train the next generation of diverse physicians and physician-scientists, who in turn are devoted to providing outstanding care to children through clinical care, research and advocacy. The department offers a highly-acclaimed pediatric clerkship and multiple electives and sub-internships for medical students. Additionally, the department has a wealth of highly competitive training programs, including 4 residency programs (Pediatrics, Medicine-Pediatrics, Child Neurology, and Medical Genetics and Genomics), along with 13 ACGME-accredited subspecialty fellowship programs and many additional institutionally approved fellowships and combined ACGME fellowship programs.

The Pediatric Residency Program currently trains 52 residents, with specialized tracks for research scholars and child neurology residents. Training ranges from the provision of primary pediatric care to management of patients with complex and subspecialty care needs. Residents rotate at Duke University Hospital where they are exposed to diverse patients with general pediatric issues as well as conditions requiring specialized care. Additionally, there are many unique aspects of the residency program, including community hospital and federally qualified health center rotations, along with advocacy and community, global health, and research rotations, among many others. The program is known for its robust advising and mentoring system and many curricular innovations, including CORE (Curriculum for Online Residency Education), a leadership curriculum, SCCoPe, and the Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program (DPRS). The residents are proactive and have organized many committees, such as an Advocacy & Community Council for Trainees, Pediatric Residency Safety Council, along with Wellness, Diversity and Inclusion, and Resident-as-Teacher Committees. The Pediatric Residency Program has a long-standing commitment to the recruitment, retention and development of a diverse group of trainees. More information can be found on the program website

The categorical Pediatric Residency Program Director position is an executive position with the primary responsibility of overseeing the department’s categorical Pediatric Residency Program. The Program Director will promote and ensure excellence in the residency, lead and participate in educational activities, and develop and support educational initiatives for the residency program. We are interested in a diverse candidate pool and candidates from groups underrepresented in medicine are strongly encouraged to apply. Duke University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Reporting Relationships

The Pediatric Residency Program Director reports to the Vice Chair of Education and the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and works closely with the Director of Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, other institutional and departmental training program directors, and Division Chiefs.

General Summary, Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Pediatric Residency Program Director will foster an environment that promotes educational programs and assists with developing strategies for resident education. The role has 0.75 FTE allocated and includes the following specific responsibilities:

  • Assure ongoing ACGME accreditation for the residency program
  • Maintain American Board of Pediatrics eligibility for all residents
  • Ensure program compliance with Duke policies and procedures on employment and non-discrimination
  • Appoint and oversee the residency program Clinical Competency Committee (CCC)
  • Lead the Program Evaluation Committee (PEC), and appoint faculty and resident members
  • Lead the annual recruitment effort for the categorical pediatric residency program
  • Participate in recruitment efforts for Child Neurology, Medicine-Pediatrics, and the Duke Pediatric Research Scholars (DPRS) programs
  • Conduct regular review of the training program and ensure continuous program improvement
  • Develop an Annual Program Evaluation Performance and Improvement Plan (APEI)
  • Oversee completion of annual goals and objectives by responsible parties
  • Design curriculum that prepares residents for a future career in pediatrics
  • Oversee all residency training program rotations including longitudinal continuity clinic experiences
  • Meet with all residents annually to review program requirements and expectations
  • Advise Division Chiefs, Vice Chair of Education, and Department Chair on the selection of faculty members for participation in residency program education
  • Ensure residents have the opportunity to raise concerns and provide feedback in a confidential manner without fear of intimidation or retaliation
  • Select Chief residents annually together with the Vice Chair of Education
  • Mentor and supervise Chief residents
  • Oversee corrective action process for pediatric residents
  • Oversee Residency Training Program budget in partnership with program coordinator
  • Appoint Associate Program Directors and delegate responsibilities
  • Complete verification of training for former trainees/residents within 30 days
  • Oversee resident advisors and serve as an advisor for a portion of residents
  • Meet with and plan resident long-term leaves
  • Maintain membership in the Duke Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC)
  • Participate in meetings related to the residency program and residents as needed
  • Represent the core program at the semi-annual Fellowship Program Director and Coordinator meetings
  • Contribute to faculty development in education
  • Uphold mission statements of the institution, department, and residency program


Full-time, regular-rank faculty member (MD or MD equivalent) at or above the rank of Associate Professor. We encourage applicants from groups underrepresented in medicine to apply.

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with most interviews anticipated to be conducted in February or early March. Interested faculty should send a letter of interest and CV to Theresa Harris (