Academic and Clinical Excellence


The Department of Pediatrics at the The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont, in conjunction with The University of Vermont Children's Hospital, strives to provide the highest quality pediatric care possible while maximizing our educational and research efforts in ways that will make a difference for the children and families we serve. We do this by forming unique and effective partnerships and programs with individuals and communities throughout Vermont, upstate New York, as well as in other parts of our country and the world all focused on improving outcomes in child health.


Faculty and student

Education

Education is a cornerstone of our department and is evident in the key role we play in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education of those interested in improving the health of children and families. Our department takes a leadership role in curriculum design and faculty development with faculty members helping to direct course for medical students, as well as participate nationally in various education organizations and innovative projects to enhance educational offerings to residents and practicing pediatric clinicians. Education of the public is also a priority for our department through community programs as well as use of the media to promote children's health.

Pediatrics Faculty

Research

Research efforts focus on health outcomes, research in neonatology, general pediatrics and chronic diseases as well as translational and clinical research in oncology and many other specialty areas. Collaborative health services research occurs through programs such as the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, the Vermont Oxford Network, the Pediatric Research in Office Settings Network and the ImproveCareNow, a new network focused on children and teens with inflammatory bowel disease.

Physician with mother and child

Patient Care

Patients throughout the state of Vermont and upstate New York utilize the clinical care offered at The University of Vermont Children's Hospital. Because of the close linkage between the hospital, the department and the communities we serve, faculty, residents and students take an active role in community outreach programs, educating and advocating for families throughout the region.

Department News

  • URiM Pathway to Pediatrics Program Clarifies Journey for Pre-Med Students
    June 15, 2022
    Kiana Heredia, a medical student in the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine Class of 2024, recently helped Larner Assistant Professor of Pediatrics L.E. Faricy, M.D., create the URiM Pathway to Pediatrics (UPP) program to assist others who may encounter the doubts she experienced during her undergraduate years. The UPP program originated from a grant proposal Faricy and Heredia developed with help from Nicole Obongo ’24, Annaliese Lapides ‘24 and Mialovena Exume ’24, for American Academy of Pediatrics funding to support events aimed at increasing workforce diversity and supporting students historically underrepresented in medicine (URiM). It was Heredia’s idea to target pre-medical students in the first years of their undergraduate experience based on the disillusionment she felt at that stage of her education.