Residency Training Program

Vanderbilt Pediatrics is more than its 75-year history of teaching and discovery, more than the wisdom and passion of our faculty, more than the eagerness and camaraderie of our housestaff, and more than the gleaming façade of Children’s Hospital.

Vanderbilt Pediatrics is a place for you to become a skilled and knowledgeable clinician, a life-long advocate for children in your community, and a valuable member of a team whose goal is to promote the health and well-being of children. Whether destined for general or subspecialty practice or research, it is a place large enough to ask the important questions and small enough to engage you in the search for answers.

We invite you to learn about our training program and about this special place where we are all learners and caregivers.

Learn about our program leaders and the research opportunities available to our residents.

2018-19 Peds Housestaff


Our mission is to provide a comprehensive experience in general and subspecialty pediatrics with the flexibility to meet the educational needs of individual housestaff members, allowing them to follow career paths which take advantage of their individual gifts and to become leaders in their chosen areas of interest.


  • Broad exposure to general pediatrics and all pediatric subspecialties
  • All residents receive both inpatient and outpatient experience in Pulmonology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, and Hematology/Oncology
  • Rotations include general pediatric wards, cardiology wards, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, adolescent medicine, newborn nursery, developmental-behavioural pediatrics, community health and advocacy, and pediatric emergency medicine
  • Six-month individualized curriculum tailored to career goals
  • Elective opportunities in all pediatric subspecialties, procedureal medicine, child advocacy, community hospital medicine, bench and clinical research, community private practices, and international medicine, as well as longitudinal experiences in subspecialties or private pediatric practices.
  • Opportunity for second continuity clinic in general or subspecialty pediatrics
  • Physician-scientist training program for interested residents with funding opportunities for research during training
  • Residents are active in quality improvement projects using electronic medical record system in the continuity clinics as well as many other areas
  • Family-focused rounding with strong case management and social work support on inpatient services
  • Robust didactic schedule and conferences contribute to success on the American Board of Pediatrics exam, fellowship placement and post-graduate job opportunities
  • Resident-led department-supported Wellness Committee provides weekly opportunites to promote the health and well-being of the housestaff
  • Academic Communities in Education, Global Health, Quality Improvement, Social Medicine and Advocacy, as well as Physician-Scientist Training for those interested in additional training, mentorship, and scholarship in these areas


2018 Intern Retreat

  • 24 Categorical Pediatric residents/year
  • 3 Child Neurology residents/year
  • 6 Med/Peds residents/year
  • Interns responsible for primary patient care
  • Increasing supervisory role each year
  • Resident Advisory Committee that meets monthly with the program leadership to discuss resident practice, policies, and current issues


  • Department Chair: Steven Webber, MBChB, MRCP
  • Residency Director: Rebecca Swan, MD, Vice Chair for Education
  • Associate Residency Directors: Whitney Browning, MD
  • Assistant Residency Directors: Alison Herndon, MD, MPH; Devang Pastakia, MD; Rene VanDeVoorde, MD
  • 405 full-time pediatric faculty, with all subspecialties represented


Monroe Carell Jr. Chldren's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Children's Hospital

  • 835,219 square-foot facility (currently expanding)
  • 267 inpatient beds
  • 42-bed PICU, 96-bed NICU
  • 42-room Pediatric ED
  • Regional Pediatric Trauma Center
  • 15,948 total inpatient discharges annually
  • 334,956 outpatient visits annually
  • 49,141 ED visits annually
  • Doctor's Office Tower
  • Resident Continutity Clinic
  • Primary Care Clinic
  • Subspecialty Clinics

Living in Nashville


  • Business, healthcare, and entertainment center
  • Multiple entertainment venues, greenways, and beautiful parks
  • Professional sports including football, hockey, baseball, and soccer

Travel and Leisure ranked Nashville number-1 on "America's Best Cities for Music Scenes," one of "20 Greenest Cities in America, and one of "America's Favorite Cities." New York Times named Nashville as "One of the Top Places that Young College Graduates are Choosing to Live." Zagat named Nashville "One of the Most Exciting Food Cities in America."