The fully accredited pediatric residency program is jointly directed by Charleston Area Medical Center and West Virginia University-Charleston. CAMC, our sponsoring institution, is the largest hospital in southern West Virginia and serves a large area of the state and region. Pediatric residents train in the only free-standing children's hospital in the state, under the supervision of a dedicated group of pediatric sub-specialists and generalists who provide continuity of care to this population. 

The Pediatric Residency Program is a community-based program, designed to meet the special needs of at-risk populations, and to teach residents the skills necessary for optimal impact on patients and families.

Comprehensive Clinical Training 

Our program prepares residents for careers in primary care. Whether in ambulatory or hospital settings, we promote professional responsibility and skills in advocacy, research, and quality improvement.  

In addition to the focus on primary care, the program also prepares residents for sub-specialty training through individualized career tracks. Our residents learn to effectively communicate with patients and families, understanding the unique characteristics of Appalachian and rural cultures. They are able to identify social determinants of care pertinent to the patient population they serve.  

Our residents train at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital in the 36-bed pediatric/adolescent unit, six bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (with four additional transitional care beds), and a 26-bed level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with a 24/7 neonatologist in-house. Pediatric residents also work closely with the pediatric surgeons and co-manage patients requiring various surgical sub-specialty interventions. A dedicated busy pediatric emergency room and a well-organized Children’s Medicine Center provide a multifaceted exposure and training in outpatient settings. 

Salary and Benefits 

CAMC offers a comprehensive salary and benefit package for residents and fellows. 

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Our Culture 

Our residents recognize the obligations of physicians to maintain a professional code of conduct in all interactions with patients, colleagues, and learners in the environment. They work effectively as part of inter-professional teams and accept responsibility for personal strategies for well-being. 

We are in full compliance with ACGME requirements, and we fully respect resident duty hour restrictions. A strong system of support services including phlebotomy, IV access, social services, respiratory therapy, nutrition services, and transport team are in place, minimizing residents’ time spent on these routine activities. Residents do not take call on their inpatient, PICU, and newborn nursery months, and are typically scheduled no more than two to three calls on elective months. 

James Collins, MD

The main components I looked for when selecting a residency were community and support. Even during my pediatric rotation in my third year of medical school, I knew that I wanted to stay at CAMC.  

The community made up of attendings and subspecialists is phenomenal. We do not have fellows, so we are able to work side-by-side with the attending to gain the full experience with each patient encounter.

The attendings also support and encourage us to have a great deal of autonomy when it comes to the medical management for our patients.

J. Derek Collins   MD- Chief Resident, PGY3
Amee Amin, MD - PGL 2

We are very fortunate to have such accomplished and passionate faculty who are so eager to teach, easy to approach, and who constantly motivate us to achieve our true potential as residents and health care providers. The variety of specialists that we work with allows us a comprehensive training, while inspiring us towards possible fellowship opportunities.

Our program size allows for a close knit community fostering close bonds between residents and our faculty and program leadership. Over the course of three years we truly end up with a work family, which makes residency more fun than work.

Amee Amin   MD - Resident, PGY2

What Sets Us Apart 

Opportunity to treat a diverse patient population.

Being more centrally located, CAMC has the largest draw area compared to any other hospital in the state. We receive patients from both urban and rural areas, offering the pediatrics team a diversity hard to find elsewhere. CAMC is the state’s high-tech tertiary care medical center, and those capabilities will be at your disposal as a resident. 

Teaching Opportunities
Dr. Amee Amin instructs students in CAMC Simulation Center
Dr. Amee Amin and Dr. Lutfi Lababidi instruct students from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in the CAMC Simulation Center.
Dr. Lutfi Lababidi instructs students in the CAMC Simulation Center
Dr. Amee Amin and Dr. Lutfi Lababidi instruct students from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in the CAMC Simulation Center.
Dr. Lutfi Lababidi instructs students in the CAMC Simulation Center
Dr. Amee Amin and Dr. Lutfi Lababidi instruct students from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in the CAMC Simulation Center.

How to Apply

Learn more about our application process for the Pediatric Residency.

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