Pediatric Residency Curriculum | Blank Children's Hospital

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West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Altoona, Iowa 50009

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Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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6000 University Avenue
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4020 Merle Hay Road
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Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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For Prospective Residents

Blank Children's is the perfect sized hospital to train residents - large enough to offer a diverse patient population and a variety of sub-specialties, but small enough that all residents get to know faculty within a short time of joining the program. There are no fellowship trainees at Blank Children's, so residents receive a lot of autonomy and are responsible for managing their own patients. Additionally, residents get exposure to many procedural opportunities.

There are seven categorical positions offered each year at Blank Children's Hospital. Approximately two-thirds of our graduates enter a career in general pediatrics, while about one-third choose sub-specialties fellowships. Graduates say Blank has prepared them well to succeed as a general pediatrician or to enter a competitive fellowship program.

Message from the Program Director

Welcome to the Blank Children's Hospital Pediatric Residency Program.  Our fully accredited residency training program has been training pediatricians for over 70 years.  We foster academic excellence in a supportive and collaborative learning environment that is family friendly.

Our program offers a spectrum of patient care experiences from primary to tertiary care. As a result, our residents develop broad-ranging skills that allow the pursuit of careers ranging from general pediatrics to pediatric sub-specialties.

Education of medical students and residents is a priority at Blank.  Our faculty consists of outstanding general pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists actively involved in one-on-one teaching and mentoring.  For those interested, research opportunities are available.

I invite you to consider the opportunities offered by the Blank Pediatric Residency Program and would welcome the opportunity to visit with you further about our residency.  Please contact us with any questions you may have.



Ken Cheyne, MD, FAAP

Program Director

Blank Children's Pediatric Residency AIM Statement

The mission of the Blank Pediatric Residency Program is to educate residents to provide team-based, family-centered care to infants, children and adolescents in a collegiate, community setting. This will be accomplished by:

  1. Preparing residents for careers across the spectrum of general pediatrics or fellowship training in a pediatric sub-specialty.
  2. Providing flexibility for individualized educational experiences that will support residents towards their practice goals.
  3. Promoting personal growth and wellness while cultivating cohesive, close-knit relationships within the program and community.
  4. Encouraging a spirit of inquiry and scholarship.
  5. Emphasizing residents as teachers.
  6. Empowering residents to advocate for children and their families in the communities where they live and practice.