Frequently Asked Questions
How many residents in each class?
There is one combined pediatrics/PM&R resident per class. There are 28 residents in each general pediatrics class, including four Med-Peds residents and two Peds-Neurology residents. There are seven adult PM&R residents per class.
Where do most residents live?
Most residents start off living near the children's hospital in Delaware for the beginning of residency. As you progress through residency, most of your rotations are in Philadelphia so many residents move closer to Philadelphia for the end of residency. That being said, most of the general pediatrics residents live in Philadelphia for their entire 3 year residency and commute to Delaware.
How far is it between the hospitals in Delaware and Philadelphia?
It is about 35-40 minute drive (30 miles) between Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia and A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. Christiana Hospital, where delivery room, nursery, and NICU rotations are done, is about 20 minutes south of A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Newark, Delaware. In Philadelphia, Jefferson Hospital and Magee Rehab Hospital are about 1 mile (15 minute walk) between each other.
Do I need a car?
Yes, you will need a car. While the city of Philadelphia has many options for public transportation, you will have rotations in Delaware, where there are not many public transportation options.
Do I need to pay for parking?
Parking at duPont Hospital is free and plentiful in the employee parking garage. Magee Hospital has its own small parking lot which you are able to park in for free while on rotation . It is gated and requires your Magee ID badge for entry. There is discounted parking available in Center City Philadelphia at various garages close to Jefferson Hospital. These structures have day or monthly passes available for purchase.
What opportunities are available for elective rotations?
At duPont, you are able to do rotations in any of the subspecialty clinics, with the most common being radiology, interventional radiology, and palliative care. You can spend time in our gait lab. DuPont also has an in-house prosthetic/orthotic company (Lawall), and the team there is always willing to have residents spend time with them to learn more about bracing and prosthetics.
At Jefferson, residents typically choose to rotate with one of the adult physiatrists who specializes in spasticity and baclofen pump management, as well as time with an adult physiatrist specializing in chronic pain. Residents are able to do rotations outside of duPont/Jefferson, if desired, but most choose to stay in-house.