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Program Overview


A Message from the Program Directors

The physicians and staff of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) have a long-standing commitment to excellence in medical education. The Pediatric Residency is the newest addition to the 17 other residency and fellowship programs in the Lehigh Valley Health Network. Although the program is new, our Department of Pediatrics faculty has been educating residents in pediatrics for over 15 years. Our mission is to provide comprehensive training in primary care, inpatient and subspecialty pediatrics and to help residents develop the knowledge, attitude and skills to become outstanding pediatricians. Our residency program will provide an educational experience with progressive responsibility and autonomy from faculty dedicated to teaching and mentoring.

The core of your training will be direct patient care in a variety of settings including the inpatient units, outpatient primary care & subspecialty clinics, the Children's ER, and in our community. You will be caring for a diverse patient population from across Northeast Pennsylvania representing many different backgrounds. Children's Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital has the most extensive pediatric resources in Northeast Pennsylvania available for resident training, including over 25 pediatric specialties, the only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the only Children’s ER in the region. In addition, our department has relationships with many community resources and services that will help our residents to become advocates for children throughout their careers. Because of the superior care we provide to children, our hospital has become a referral center for many of the hospitals in the region. As a result, residents will learn by caring for a diverse patient population, including children with common acute-care complaints, complex and chronic illness, and acute and life-threatening illness and injuries.

We feel that pediatric residents complement the outstanding care we currently provide to children in the LehighValley and the surrounding region. We have designed our curriculum to emphasize resident education above service. Residents will have direct, personal contact with attendings who will serve as mentors throughout residency life and beyond. With 20 call-free rotations, residents will have ample time for self-directed learning. Recognizing that excessive overnight calls and service requirements can hinder learning and adversely affect patient care, our overnight care system is both fair and reasonable. Residents will work a night shift for one rotation each year covering the inpatient units with short calls during their inpatient and PICU rotations. Only two rotations will require standard call every fourth night and all rotations will strictly adhere to the ACGME duty hour standards.

Please feel free to explore our site and links to learn more about our pediatric residency program, LVHN and the Lehigh Valley and see how our program will give you an outstanding training in a wonderful community on your way to becoming a pediatrician.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Program Director:
Richard J. Mazzaccaro, MD, PhD, FAAP
Phone: 610-402-7556 
E-mail: richard.mazzaccaro@lvhn.org
Associate Program Director:
Kris Rooney, MD, FAAP
Phone: 610-402-7556 
E-mail: kris.rooney@lvhn.org