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Welcome message from the program director

Tommy Wang, M.D.
Tommy Wang, residency program director, UC Irvine-CHOC

Residency is an exciting time, especially at UC Irvine School of Medicine, where the energy level is high because of our combined UC Irvine-CHOC pediatric residency program.

The University of California Irvine (UC Irvine) along with the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach (MCH) have come together to create a world-class pediatrics center that embodies the university's guiding philosophy — Discover. Teach. Heal.

We offer a unique training experience with leading-edge research, innovative teaching programs, and comprehensive and compassionate patient care. We are the only pediatrics residency training program in Orange County and one of a handful of programs in the nation with access to two free-standing children's hospitals.

During a medical trip to Guatemala a few years ago, I met an obstetrician who offered me sound advice on what constitutes a good physician. He said there are three qualities a patient values in a physician: affability, availability and ability. Reflecting on his wisdom, I believe these same qualities are the building blocks of a great residency training program.

  • Affability — One of our program’s greatest strengths is its people. We attract quality people who seek a well-balanced life and career.  Our residents have varying interests that range from national health reform to global health; from organizing and running marathons to developing their amateur singing careers.  They realize that residency is more than just an education-- it's an opportunity to make life-long connections and friendships.
  • Availablity — Our residents train at two free-standing children’s hospitals, in Los Angeles County and the other in Orange County. They are exposed to a diverse patient population including high-risk and underserved families. UC Irvine Medical Center has been consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.  CHOC was recently named one of the best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.  MCH is home to one of the largest neonatal intensive care units on the West Coast, treating more high-risk infants daily than any other hospital in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

    All three institutions boast recent multi-million dollar renovations, further validating their deep commitment to serving their surrounding communities. 

  • Ability — Our residents are well-rounded physicians because of the tremendous access afforded to them. They graduate equipped to manage general pediatrics as well as higher complexity patients such as level 1 trauma and congenital cardiac patients.  As part of a university-based program, they are able to collaborate on a wide range of investigative studies, culminating in presentations at national conferences and in numerous publications. They are able to maximize their networking potential because of broad exposure to both community and academic sites. Recent graduates have enjoyed great success in finding jobs and matching in competitive fellowships in Los Angeles and Orange counties and beyond. 

In short, we offer you a unique University of California-based program with unparalleled access to two outstanding children’s hospitals in a supportive, resident-friendly atmosphere that we believe helps create the finest pediatricians. Last but not least, we are located in the beautiful OC with beaches, mountains and a myriad of cultural activities (not to mention Disneyland) readily available to occupy your free time.

Come visit us and see how the next three years can be the most rewarding of your career, professionally as well as personally. 

We look forward to meeting you!

Tommy J. Wang, MD, FAAP
Program Director
UC Irvine-CHOC Pediatric Residency
University of California, Irvine

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