Mark W. Kline, M.D., Physician-In-Chief
The world today is as complex as it is massive. In medicine, the days of the all-knowing clinician, researcher or educator, have passed. Many of the challenges we face as physicians, scientists and medical leaders are so large and so complex that they require the contributions of entire multidisciplinary teams. We need absolutely everyone.
In the pursuit of excellence, diversity is a necessity.
Today, our Department of Pediatrics is more inclusive and more diverse than ever before, closely resembling the wonderfully diverse city in which we live and work. We embrace and celebrate diversity in its broadest sense. In fact, it is our view that diversity will be one of the key drivers of our march to preeminence in pediatric medicine. No program or department or children’s hospital has a prayer of achieving preeminence if its culture is exclusive or unwelcoming of segments of our community.
In a very real sense, our Department of Pediatrics is itself a community. We all share a passion for improving the health and lives of children and families, but we bring to that passion diverse and complementary backgrounds, experiences and areas of focus. Each of us brings to each discussion our own unique perspectives, and the conversations are very rich. The children, families and broader community we serve all benefit.
I, for one, am thrilled that I don’t have to contemplate a Department of Pediatrics populated by seeming clones of one another. Such a program could not possibly match the capabilities and potential of our amazingly diverse faculty and trainees. I hope you find our story informative and inspiring.
Gordon E. Schutze, M.D., F.A.A.P., Professor of Pediatrics Executive Vice Chair
Welcome to the Dr. Kelly DeScioli Global Child Health Residency Program part of Baylor College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Our Global Child Health residency program is a unique four-year experience that offers you not only excellent training in pediatrics, but the ability to train internationally in a severely resource-limited area for one year through The Baylor Pediatric Aids Initiative. This extra year is a one of a kind experience that few U.S. trained physicians will ever have. Our residents have clinical experience treating the underserved in the United States, Romania, and Sub-Saharan Africa and our graduates can attest that their professional lives and identity were forever shaped by their one-year international clinical experience.
As a budding young clinician interested in working with at-risk populations, I encourage you to apply to the Global Child Health Residency program. As a sixteen-year-old, I nurtured my interest by spending a summer in Bolivia vaccinating children again measles and spent some time in Nicaragua vaccinating against measles and polio. It was after these experiences that I knew I needed to become a pediatrician dedicating clinical and teaching time to global child health initiatives. When Dr. Kline asked me to be part of the Baylor Pediatrics Aids Initiative, I knew this would be a fantastic opportunity and organization to be part of.
I invite you to come learn more about us, meet with our residents and faculty, and decide if this is the kind of experience you wish to have during your residency training. I look forward to meeting you and talking about your future.
Stephanie Marton, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., Program Director of the Dr. Kelly DeScioli Global Child Health Residency Program
Dr. Marton is the program director for the Dr. Kelly DeScioli Global Child Health Residency Program. She is also the pediatric associate medical director for the Texas Children's Health Plan Center for Children and Women at Greenspoint and an assistant professor in the Department of Community Pediatrics. She received her M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2004, completed her residency training in pediatrics at the same institution in 2007 and earned an MPH from University of Texas at Houston in 2013 while completing an academic general pediatric fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Her passion is both providing high-quality pediatric care to children living in poverty while also teaching residents, students and other health care workers about the joys of practicing general pediatrics in a patient-centered medical home. She has worked serving underserved populations both internationally (in Swaziland as part of the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative) and domestically (in Norfolk, Va. and Houston, Texas).