The Department of Pediatrics is an outstanding resource for the primary, specialty and critical care of children. Our mission focuses on excellence in clinical care, research and education.
The Department of Pediatrics has 21 subspecialty divisions: Adolescent Medicine, Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, Child Protection, Children's Heart Program (Pediatric Cardiology), Critical Care, Education, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, General Pediatrics, Growth and Nutrition, Hematology/Oncology, Hospitalist Medicine, Human Genetics, Immunology and Rheumatology, Infectious Disease and Tropical Pediatrics, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonology and Allergy, and Research.
We have over 100 pediatric faculty members, with both continued growth (13 new faculty members in the last year) and impressive faculty commitment to our department (24 faculty members have been in our department for more than 20 years).
We are responsible for 131 inpatient beds -- 100 at University Hospital (36 general inpatient, 14 intermediate care, 10 PICU, 30 NICU, and 10 NICU stepdown) and 31 at Mercy Medical Center, our community affiliate, as well as two full-term nursery practices. There are approximately 4,500 admissions annually to pediatrics at UMMS and another 3,000 to pediatrics at Mercy. Ambulatory visits total approximately 75,000 annually -- 50,000 at University and 25,000 at Mercy. Our services range from primary care to highly specialized treatment programs that attract patients from the entire mid-Atlantic region.
Our Mercy Medical Center operation, staffed by full-time faculty, is an integral part of our program. It affords residents opportunities which complement the University Hospital experience. The Community Practice Program allows our residents to develop a longitudinal one-on-one relationship with a community pediatrician. They gain insight into the role that the practicing pediatrician plays in the community, with families, and in child advocacy.
Active working relationships exist with virtually all clinical departments in the hospital. Especially strong are the department's linkages with psychiatry, OB/GYN, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and surgery.
Special programs at UMMS include the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center, our Pediatric ECMO program, the Pediatric AIDS program, and the Pediatric headache clinic (one of the first in the nation). We have an active Child Life program on our inpatient services, including a Pet Visitation program and visits from local sports stars. The ASK program (Access for Special Kids) helps coordinate care for children with complex healthcare needs. Our primary care clinic features the Reach Out and Read program where pediatricians help children to develop literacy skills.
Community outreach programs include the Breathmobile, a custom-built traveling pediatric asthma and allergy clinic, which provides ongoing asthma care for more than 600 children in more than 2 dozen Baltimore schools. The Baltimore Safe Kids Coalition helps to prevent unintentional childhood injuries in Baltimore City through safety fairs and child safety seat checks.
The department has over 130,000 square feet of space in the Medical Center. All inpatients are on two floors, creating a "Hospital within a Hospital" dedicated to pediatrics. Everything about the University of Maryland Children's Hospital has been designed with our youngest patients' interests and comfort in mind, from the "Enchanted Forest" playground in the 5th floor lobby to the rainbow fish that decorate the specialty outpatient clinic.
Our department ranks in the top ten among all state university pediatric departments in federal research grant awards. Overall, grants and contracts total more than $26 million per year. Our faculty are involved in a variety of research projects from basic science work to ongoing clinical trials. Our Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) is an international leader in vaccine research, with ongoing projects including studying diarrheal disease in Asia and malaria vaccines in West Africa. The University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research was the first celiac center in the US and is recognized worldwide as a leader in the field of celiac disease.
Our commitment to research is strong, and residents devote some time to a research interest. A research project, bench or clinical, is required, and a prize is awarded for the outstanding research effort.
We have 68 residents training in pediatrics (40 in Categorical Pediatrics, 2 in Pediatric Preliminary training prior to Child Neurology, 16 in combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics training and 10 in combined Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine training).
There are 650 University of Maryland medical students, with 150 third year medical students being taught by University of Maryland residents and faculty each year during their pediatric clerkship. Our department also offers four different Sub-Internship experiences and 14 elective rotations for 4th year students.