Tomorrow's Doctors

Tomorrow's Doctors

We follow a day in the life of our pediatric residents as they treat and care for children.

Each year, 11 new medical school graduates arrive at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, put on white medical coats, and go to work as pediatric residents. For the next three years—and under the close supervision of attending physicians—residents learn to apply their newfound knowledge. They work long hours; they take part in medical research; they complement and support our medical staff; and they have the honor of caring for our community's children.

Our photographer documented a day in the lives of our medical residents and their patients. The pictures show some of the many ways our medical residents help Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital provide the best possible care. Select any image to start the photo album and learn more.

About the Program

What’s the goal of Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital’s pediatric residency program?
It focuses on molding competent pediatricians and compassionate people. Established in 2009, the program has grown to be one of the premier pediatric residency programs in the state.

How many medical residents are there, and how long do they remain?
Each year, we select 11 medical school graduates to join the pediatric residency program. Residents work in clinical settings and study for three years. When they graduate from the residency program, they will have the ability to care for children in practice, or transition to a fellowship where more specific training occurs in pediatric subspecialties such as cardiology or intensive care.

How do patients benefit from care at a “teaching hospital”?
In the teaching environment, team- based care is superior to single- provider care. it allows the team to harness the expertise of students, residents, faculty, physician assistants, nurses, nutritionists, and social workers during family-centered rounds that deliver the best care possible to the patient.

As a result, the faculty doctors who teach the residents have to be on their toes, know the latest evidence, know the best treatment, and know the best comfort measures. Teaching becomes infectious and everyone wins—most importantly, the children.