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Life at CHoR

Life at CHoR

For those who believe that every child has a right to wellness, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU combines award-winning research, education and clinical care with an uncanny understanding of what makes kids tick. Our team is a family. From our nurses and child life specialists to our students and residents – we all work together to give every child in our growing community a chance to heal, recover and celebrate their super powers.

Whether a family is local and lives around the corner, or drives 900 miles for life-changing surgery during a pandemic, we work together to make sure CHoR feels like home for our families and our team. 

Being at CHoR means endless opportunities for growth, the ability to forge life-long friendships and to help children live their best lives.

Striving for excellence: CHoR awards and recognition

At CHoR we strive for excellence in everything we do. We're honored to earn awards and certifications, not for the shiny badges but for the kids and families we serve who inspire us to keep climbing higher.

  • 2020-2021 US News and World Report best children’s hospitals
  • Level 1 pediatric trauma center as designated by the American College of Surgeons and VA Department of Health
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited CF Care Center
  • American Diabetes Association designated diabetes education program
  • Magnet Recognition Program awarded by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (as part of VCU Health)
  • Baby-Friendly designation by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund (as part of VCU Health)

As part of VCU Health, we are committed to ensuring access to care for all children, training future pediatric caregivers and making new discoveries that improve understanding and treatment of childhood diseases.

Diversity, equity and inclusion

As team members at an urban, academic medical center, we have chosen to serve those who are most vulnerable, most affected by a long history of social injustice. We are a diverse team, and acknowledge many of us have experienced these injustices on an intimate and personal level as well.

It is critical as our region’s leader in pediatric health care, that we stand as an action-oriented ally to help address the regional and national impacts of discrimination on our children. These injustices manifest themselves in every corner of basic human needs, affecting everything from equal access to healthy food, safe housing, and preventive health care – to equity in health outcomes and unmet mental health needs.

Our leadership team recognizes words aren’t enough. We must channel our emotions and our efforts to bring about long overdue, meaningful change for our patients, families and team members. Our diversity, equity and inclusion steering group includes team members, parents and community partners to help guide us towards meaningful action. Team members are encouraged to participate in DEI planning work and events.

Creating the next generation of docs for kids

 Learn more about alumni Dr. Danny Avula’s role in the health department and in our community.

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Why choose CHoR?

Joining CHoR and VCU Health for your residency or fellowship is like joining a family. During your time here, we’ll work together to ensure you receive hands-on, comprehensive experience in pediatrics – while finding work-life balance and making life-long friends and mentors.

Learn more about resident life, salary, benefits and the city we call home.

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Our pediatric fellowships

As part of a major metropolitan medical center, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Pediatric Fellowship programs provide high-quality advanced training in specialty areas of pediatric research and practice. 

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