Welcome! My name is Grace Caputo, and I am the Program Director of the Phoenix Children's Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Program, a position I have held for the past 10 years. I am extremely proud of our program and the residents who have each contributed to our growth and have helped shape and strengthen who we are. I believe our program here is a gem and I'd like to tell you about it.
First, let me tell you about the people who make up our program. When visitors come to our program, they immediately notice the warmth and camaraderie of our residents, coordinators, chiefs, and directors. We have supportive, caring program directors and coordinators. Our residents come from all parts of the country. In fact, the current 93 residents (60 categorical pediatrics and 33 medicine/pediatric residents) come from 61 different medical schools. Working together as a team with our strong faculty, who number over 120, we strive for excellence in caring for our patients.
Another important strength of program is the educational offerings we provide. We are fortunate to care for patients in both a free-standing children's hospital and in a large county hospital. The educational experiences at these two sites complement and balance each other. Phoenix Children's Hospital provides our residents with a broad and deep exposure to a large inpatient volume of subspecialty patients. At Maricopa Medical Center, we care for a lot of general pediatric patients, many of whom have socially-complex issues. The curriculum is balanced between inpatient and outpatient experiences, between subspecialty and general pediatric illnesses, and between developing resident autonomy and providing appropriate oversight.
Our program's philosophy is to promote both the professional and personal growth of our residents. We are committed to providing excellent care to the patients we serve, to supporting each other, and to ever-strengthening our education. We believe in advocating for our patients and promoting a positive attitude in ourselves and others. We are described as a program of people who "work hard, play hard, and love hard." And while we are each unique individuals, we come together as a phenomenal team and enjoy what we do.
People, educational offerings, philosophy - these are what put the "PEP" in what we do and who we are. As you can tell, I enjoy talking about our program. My hope is that I can entice you to come for a rotation, or at least a visit.
I welcome the opportunity to meet you in person and answer any questions you may have. We are always looking for stellar individuals who will fit in with our philosophy and contribute to our program's growth.