A Message from our Chair, Robert H. Lane, MD, MS

Robert Lane, MD, MSWelcome! Thank you for taking the time to explore our Pediatric Residency Programs.

At the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we are committed to your education and career development.

Our pediatric institutions have implemented a vision that we believe will lead to healthier children. Our immediate objective is to make use of current knowledge and technologies to improve the health and quality of life of children now. Our long term objective is to advance the understanding of what will make children healthier in the future.

As stewards of these objectives, we are guardians of 1) standards that must be used to protect our patients and their futures; 2) a code of ethics that entails service to our patients and students; and 3) a body of knowledge that must be communicated to the next generation. This guardianship is a trust that comes with responsibilities. The most important of these responsibilities is delivering care and advocating for children and their families. To do this at an extraordinary level, we must create new knowledge, translate new knowledge, and teach new knowledge to the next generation of pediatricians in exciting and meaningful ways.

The quality of the people and their dedication to your education at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin guarantees the success of our pediatric residency programs in training you. As a new incoming chair, I chose to move myself and my family primarily based on the people of these institutions. At the core of their beliefs, there exists a commitment towards inclusiveness, diversity, family and team work.

Evidence of these commitments includes recognition that pediatric institutions are embedded into a greater community. Our programs actively provide opportunities to practice advocacy and care of the underserved though strong primary care training in sites throughout our local community. We have an excellent Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children with many community partnerships. Our residents work in this Center during their community pediatrics rotation. We also recognize the wider community by providing opportunities to participate in an established global health program with multiple world partners.

These opportunities only scratch the surface of the depth and breadth of experiences possible through our residencies. Our department includes 25 pediatric divisions that provide rich and broad inpatient experiences including large pediatric and neonatal intensive care units. These units, as well as the Herma Heart Center and our Emergency Department, have earned national recognition based on their passion to create and translate knowledge into cutting edge compassionate patient care.

Our Department is able to provide this wide breadth of experience because of the excellence of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Children’s Research Institute. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is one of the leading pediatric hospitals in the country, having a track record of high rankings by Parents magazine and U.S. News and World Report. I am particularly proud that the American Nurses Credentialing Center has named Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin a member of the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program three years in a row. Each year, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin handles greater than:

  • 23,000 inpatient visits
  • 300,000 clinic visits
  • 60,000 emergency room visits

As an investment for the community, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin established the Children’s Research Institute in 2004. The Children’s Research Institute involves over 100 physician scientists working in multiple pediatric programs of excellence. The mission of the institute is to develop thematic research programs that translate new knowledge from the basic sciences into improved care for children now and in the future. This investment has allowed our investigators to flourish resulting in the Department of Pediatrics NIH profile of grants to rank 17th in the country in 2012.

Investing in the future of medical education and care is also an important component of our pediatric residency program’s vision for medical education. Evidence of this investment includes the following initiatives.

  • Our pediatric residency team has developed the infrastructure for six (6) different training tracts. The hospital medicine and global health tracts began in 2010. The primary care and subspecialty / research tracts began in 2012. The availability of the Children’s Research Institute is particularly important for the latter tract. The Career Identification Tract (for those residents uncertain of career path) and the hybrid tract (for residents who want to combine the best of multiple tracts) began in July of 2013.
  • Our pediatric residency teams has developed the SURFboards board review program (Strategic Unified Regimen For passing the boards), which contains seven (7) distinct elements providing a comprehensive boards preparation experience beginning in orientation and ending after you pass your boards. Since beginning this program coupled with other innovations in education, our boards pass rate increased from 78% in 2009 to 95% or greater for the last three years for first time takers.
  • Our pediatric residency team has tailored morning reports to your level of training (intern morning report and senior rounds). Intern morning report builds a basis of medical approach and care by teaching healthcare principals that hold true overtime regardless of changes in technologies or population. Senior rounds are a unique experience imbued with a rich tradition facilitated by faculty including the Chair and Chair Emeritus. Senior rounds are one of our residents’ favorite activities during their training.

Finally, congratulations on reaching this point in your training. You have chosen wisely to be a pediatrician. This is an exciting time to become a pediatrician because of recent advances in knowledge, technology and care. Residency should be a wonderful and stimulating experience in which your primary responsibility is to learn. This will be a unique time in your lives and careers.

I sincerely believe that our residency programs are well poised to help you become the best pediatrician you can be. As the Chair of Pediatrics and the Physician in Chief of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, I am personally committed to our residency programs. For a pediatric department to be great, the educational programs must be extraordinary.


Robert H. Lane, MD, MS
Professor and Chair

Department of Pediatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin

Pediatrician in Chief
The Barri L. and David G. Drury Chair in Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

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999 N. 92nd St., Suite 730
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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