Residency program

Letter from the program director


Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Program at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU!

The VCU Pediatric Residency Program is a dynamic and growing program located in the HEART of Virginia, Richmond.  Our program is based within a busy and growing inner-city hospital that serves a diverse population from within the city and surrounding counties as well as from across the state and, indeed, the world!  Over the last couple of years, the Children’s Hospital has grown nearly doubling the number of faculty within both medical and surgical subspecialties and expanding our services and programs.  Two years ago we moved into a brand new Children’s Pavilion which serves at the hub for all outpatient activities including clinical services, outpatient radiology (with T3 MRI scanner) and surgery (with dedicated anesthesia and other supportive services). 

The residents here enjoy a supportive learning environment and living environment.  Our curriculum is designed to provide residents with an excellent exposure to both outpatient and inpatient patient care and to encourage resident-defined projects quality improvement and research.  Residents who train here feel more than comfortable pursuing fellowships or primary care careers.

Central Virginia (including Richmond and the surrounding counties) – which I have been proud to call “home” for over 25 years – is a phenomenal place to live, to learn, to grow a family and to experience a multitude of activities.  Restaurants, food, ethnic and music festivals and other activities all contribute to a unique and wonderful quality of life.

We are excited to be part of the ongoing significant growth of VCUHealth over the next several years.  In addition to large expansions and buildings for adult outpatient care, we are embarking on the planning and building of new inpatient towers for adult Oncology and Pediatrics which are slated to open in 2022.

As program director, my goal is to provide the residents with quality educational conferences, offer exposure to a wide variety of patient problems, and foster a collegial environment that allows our residents to develop techniques that will make them lifelong learners.

Whatever your goal, primary care or subspecialty fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU will provide you a solid foundation on which to build.

Suzanne Lavoie, M.D.
Professor of pediatrics and internal medicine
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Virginia Commonwealth University
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
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