Director's Welcome

Brandon Smith, M.D. - Pediatric Residency Program Director

Brandon Smith, M.D.
Program Director

Our program is fortunate to operate in an excellent training environment created by a very committed faculty.  Although we do have fellowship programs, our hospital is fundamentally run by residents under the guidance of faculty members from every possible subspecialty. The faculty actively participates in case conferences, give lectures, lead discussions, and prioritize the education of the residents. 

As the residency director, it is my privilege to lead a dedicated team of pediatric educators who work hard to provide residents with the best possible education. 

Jenn Miller (Associate Program Director) leads our team of seven "coaches" who have been given time away from their clinical duties to work especially closely with residents.  The coaches, who come from a variety of pediatric specialties (Adolescent Medicine, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics, Neonatology and Neurology), are united around a common goal of helping each of our residents become the best possible pediatrician.  The coaches meet regularly with each of their residents and also meet together as a group to learn new strategies from each other. 

Debbi Kees-Folts (Associate Program Director) leads a team of residents and senior educators who work together to evaluate and improve every aspect of the program.  Residents are selected to serve on this team based on their own prior work in education or program improvement or their desire to learn those skills as preparation for a career in medical education.

Punit Jhaveri (Director of Individualized Education) works with each resident to help create the optimal schedule based around the resident's career aspirations as well as the resident's current strengths and weaknesses.  This year he is also starting to work with specific elective rotation directors to create a more individualized approach to the content of the electives.

Jody Ross (Continuity Clinic Director) oversees the experience in our weekly continuity clinics.  We are fortunate to be able to offer residents a number of different possible settings in which to have their clinic, including two academic sites, an urban underserved clinic and a number of private practices.

If you have questions about the application and interview process, please do not hesitate to be in touch with me at bsmith11@hmc.psu.edu or by phone at 717-531-5685.


Brandon Smith, M.D.