Pediatric Residency Program

Welcome to the Pediatric Residency at Cooper University Health Care! We are pleased that you are interested in learning about our Pediatric Residency Program. We hope our website will be helpful to you. The Pediatric Residency Program at the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper University Health Care is a three-year ACGME accredited post-graduate program that is followed by certification in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Residency Program at Cooper University Health Care. The field of pediatrics is an exciting and rewarding one. There is great joy in working with children and their families.

With an expansion of services, Cooper has become stronger in its role as the academic medical center of South Jersey. The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper accredited Pediatric Residency Program will provide you with the knowledge and clinical experience necessary to become a successful pediatrician. Our full-time faculty is energetic, enthusiastic, and committed to teaching. We have earned an excellent reputation by providing quality medical care in a family-centered environment. We have worked equally hard within our medical education program to create a friendly atmosphere that is conducive to learning.

Our teaching program in pediatrics has a number of strengths including the close interaction between residents and faculty, a diverse patient population and a strong didactic curriculum.  The close relationship between faculty and residents helps to foster autonomy in decision-making.  Our collaborative approach to program change has resulted in a number of resident initiatives to improve the program.  The aims of our program:

  • To provide residents with a strong foundation in general pediatrics and the knowledge and skills necessary to enter inpatient or outpatient practice or to pursue further training in a subspecialty fellowship.
  • To encourage self-directed learning through conferences and self-directed learning activities and provide skills for residents to be lifelong learners.
  • To foster and develop compassionate and collaborative pediatricians who are culturally competent and physician advocates for patients and their community. 
  • To foster an environment that uses each residents strengths to maximize each resident’s potential to become the best pediatrician they can and to help improve the program by engaging residents in self- evaluation and program evaluation

The program focuses on resident-directed education including interactive conferences and independent learning assignments to accomplish these aims. The result is a graduate who is capable of independent practice in general pediatric inpatient or outpatient care. About a third of our residents choose to build on their training with a subspecialty fellowship.

We invite you to visit and learn more about our program.

Please call our Medical Education Office at 856.757.7904 if you have any questions.

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Dr. William R Graessle William R Graessle, MD, FAAP
Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Pediatrics
Associate DIO, Graduate Medical Education
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Dr. Michael Goodman Michael H. Goodman, MD, MMM
Chief, Department of Pediatrics
Professor of Pediatrics,
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University