Program Director's Welcome


imageLife as a resident will never be easy, and it shouldn’t be. Residency training is the exciting, demanding, occasionally frightening, and frequently gratifying final step toward your goal of becoming a pediatrician. This is a great responsibility, but also a tremendous gift. You will amass the knowledge and skills needed to provide comprehensive medical care for children. You will learn that pediatrics is “family care.” In addition to being a clinician, a pediatrician is also an educator, a supportive ear, and a shoulder to cry on. You will have the unique and incredible opportunity to watch your patients grow from a tiny newborn to a young adult. They will become a part of your life, just as you will become part of theirs.

At Stony Brook we offer a challenging residency program that will enable you to achieve these goals. Our well-rounded pediatric training experience will provide you with an excellent foundation in general pediatrics that, along with specialty care, will prepare you for general practice or further pediatric training. Stony Brook residents graduate as confident and superior Pediatricians, able to integrate their knowledge, clinical, and psychosocial skills. We provide a supportive, nurturing environment, while encouraging autonomy. It is this balance that sets Stony Brook apart from other training programs.


Robyn J. Blair, MD, FAAP 
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Vice Chair for Education
Director, Resident Continuity Clinic

2020 ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award


2020 ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award Recipient

The "Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award" honors program directors who find innovative ways to teach residents and to provide quality health care while remaining connected to the initial impulse to care for others in this environment. Parker J. Palmer’s book The Courage to Teach promotes the concept of "living divided no more," which has proven relevant to teaching in academic health centers.