Department of Surgery - Division of Pediatric Surgery
Professor and Head
Roger Voigt MD
Undergraduate Medical Program
The Division of Surgical Services for Infants and Children aims to provide students with a perspective on the unique problems encountered by families, physicians and nurses when caring for patients with pediatric surgical illness, to teach management of these often complex problems and to introduce the delicate surgical techniques developed especially for young patients.
As part of the basic surgical clerkship, students may elect to spend three weeks with the pediatric surgical team. Each is assigned patients to evaluate preoperatively, to accompany to the operating room and to help manage during the postoperative period. Emphasis is placed on differential diagnosis, embryology, anatomy and developmental pathophysiology. Patients range in age from prematurity to adolescence. Exposure to the nursery, pediatric emergency room and intensive care units is an integral part of the experience. Didactic instruction is provided in the operating room, during teaching rounds, by case presentations and in conferences.
During the senior year, students may choose a one-month elective on the pediatric surgery service functioning, under supervision, as a subintern.
The University of Maryland Baltimore-Johns Hopkins University integrated training program in pediatric surgery offers an accredited two-year residency. The program requires board eligibility in general surgery with candidates applying during the fourth or fifth year of general surgery training. This residency participates in a match program with 33 centers in the United States and Canada.