Pediatric Residency

Pediatric Residency Training Program
As one of the oldest pediatric training institutions in the nation, Children's Hospital of Michigan is dedicated to providing high-quality pediatric care and training competent and compassionate pediatricians who will go on to become leaders in the field.

We invite you to explore our program-- rich in tradition and legacy-- and the diverse community and vibrancy of Detroit!

Children's Hospital of Michigan

Children's Specialty Center

Overview and Highlights of our Program

Overview of our Pediatric Residency Program

The pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is a three year program accredited by the ACGME that prepares residents to be successful in their field(s) of interest, whether that is primary care, hospital medicine or a subspecialty. Our residents gain exposure to a wide variety of clinical experiences and graduate from the program with confidence to pursue their career goals.

The main clinical hospital is located in Midtown Detroit which is the only free-standing children’s hospital in the Metro Detroit region.  At the main hospital, residents are exposed to various services, including General Pediatrics, Allergy/Immunology, Infectious Disease, Hematology/Oncology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, Neurology, Genetics/Metabolism, Emergency Medicine, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Pediatric Critical Care. Ambulatory experiences in General Pediatrics and subspecialties are located in the Pediatric Specialty Center across the street from the hospital and various locations across Metro Detroit.  The Newborn Medicine rotation takes place at Hutzel Women’s Hospital on the grounds of the Detroit Medical Center.

Highlights of our Program

  • Major pediatric tertiary referral center in Midtown Detroit with multiple satellite subspecialty outpatient centers

  • American Academy of Pediatrics founded on campus at Harper Hospital

  • Among the busiest pediatric emergency departments in the nation, with approximately 95,000 ED visits annually in Detroit and Troy Specialty Center

  • Primary Genetics and Metabolic Disease referral and severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) screening center for the state of Michigan

  • An engaged Child Life Team that offers many creative resources to help our pediatric patients, including pet and music therapy

  • New Critical Care Tower as of Spring 2017, which includes a new Emergency Department, Surgical Suites, Radiology Department, NICU and PICU

  • Level IV NICU with 40 beds and the capacity for 2 ECMO beds

  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan is an American College of Surgeons verified, free-standing Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. The verification provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients.

  • Exposure to transplant medicine offering  kidney, liver, bone marrow and heart transplants

  • Diverse patient population with a variety of medical and social needs

  • Faculty dedicated to teaching and mentoring residents

  • IPASS as a standardized method of signing out patients

  • Resident Team Assistants to help inpatient teams with scheduling of follow-up appointments, completing prior-authorization forms and obtaining test results from outside institutions, thus allowing our residents to focus on patient care.

  • A resident wellness curriculum, which includes education regarding burnout/fatigue and wellness resources available at the DMC (mental health resources, discount gym membership, sports leagues), wellness retreats that include pet therapy, games and massages, administrative afternoons to catch up on tasks, and much more!

  • A longitudinal career development curriculum that addresses the business of medicine, including different models of practice, billing/coding guidelines and physician reimbursement as well as annual workshops, which provide residents with the basic tools needed to navigate the job search, interview, and contract/benefit negotiation processes.

  • A global health track, which aims to educate residents on the health care problems of children in developing countries, recognize how social, cultural and economic factors influence healthcare outcomes in children and foster clinical competence in international medicine. The track includes didactic lectures as well as research and clinical components. Residents, who successfully complete all requirements, will receive a global health certificate at the completion of their training.

  • Community outreach and advocacy events, including health fairs and educational sessions at local schools, organized by a resident group titled PEACH (Pediatricians Educating and Advocating for Community Health).

  • Happy Resident Social Committee, comprised of residents who plan and lead social events, which are funded through the pediatric education office.

Meet the Chief Residents

chiefresidents-300x300Welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit the pediatric residency program at Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM)! As you prepare for the next stage of your medical career, we are thrilled that you are considering Detroit as the setting for your pediatric training.

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan is an institution that can provide you with excellent clinical experience, many opportunities for research, and a fulfilling quality of life. As a large tertiary care center, we truly manage the entire spectrum of disease entities-- from bread-and-butter general pediatric cases to the complex “zebras” referred from all over the country and even overseas. Children’s Hospital of Michigan has consistently been ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals in multiple pediatric subspecialties. As is evident by our new emergency department and critical care tower, CHM is constantly evolving and improving to provide the best care to the children in our community. Our faculty and staff members are very approachable and incredibly invested in all aspects of patient care and resident education.

In addition to the top-notch training you will receive, CHM is also a friendly and welcoming environment in which to work. Although you will be busy during your time here, you can look forward to an always-smiling pediatric education staff, co-residents with a strong sense of camaraderie, and a lot of support from attending physicians and ancillary staff. In your free time, Detroit is a city on the rise! With a revitalized downtown area, an exciting and ever-growing culinary scene, and four major professional sports teams, there is so much to explore.

We wish you the best during the residency application process and hope to meet you soon! In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact our pediatric education office with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Thank you,

Your 2020-2021 Chief Residents
Rima Aljundi, MD
Maria Deza-Leon, MD
Shannon Leikert, DO

Pediatric Residency

Contact Us

Office Staff
Pediatric Education Office Staff

For any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Pediatric Education Office, 3rd Floor Main Hospital, 3T72
3901 Beaubien St
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313)-745-5533