In addition to the core training experiences offered by our program, there are unique training opportunities which are not only educational but incredibly special opportunities for the residents who participate.
Founded by pediatric residents in 2002, a group called CHIMPS (Children's Health International Medical Project of Seattle) has traveled every year to the same clinic in Abelines, El Salvador, during the last week in June in an effort to create an ongoing, sustainable, cross-cultural relationship.
Most years, four to six R1s, as well as faculty, medical students and community pediatricians travel to this remote region to partner with a local NGO and provide community-based health education during the last week in June (all R1s have June 25 to June 30 off each year while new R1s begin their clinical rotations).
As the result of this work, two residents (Dr. Parmi Suchdev and Dr. Ellie Click) received the Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award from the AAP in 2004.
Each August, the Stanley Stamm Summer Camp gives children with serious illnesses the chance to go fishing, ride horses and take part in other activities typical of summer camp at a week-long, sleepover camp near Mt. Rainier. Our camp, founded by recently retired cardiologist Dr. Stanley Stamm, includes medical support so that children who are unable to attend other camps can join in the fun. Residents are invited, and encouraged, to attend as camp counselors and volunteers.