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Pediatric Residency Program

The BHMC Pediatric Residency Program aims to train the next generation of pediatricians: ​

  • To acquire excellent clinical skills, and the capacity and aspiration to continue to learn throughout their career, in order to maintain an advanced academic level in pediatrics.​
  • To actively contribute to the understanding and knowledge in their specific fields by becoming familiar with research and other scholarly activities to be able to become scholars in the future. ​
  • To practice the best, evidence-based, multidisciplinary, culturally competent pediatric medicine and High Value Practice for all populations in addition to the underserved. ​
  • To acquire the knowledge and experience required to become independent and competent primary care pediatricians. ​
  • To acquire the knowledge and practice needed to pursue subspecialty training for those residents willing to go on for further training (subspecialty fellowship). ​
  • To acquire the knowledge about Quality Improvement methods and to actively participate in Quality Improvement projects.


Fernanda Kupferman, MD

Program Director


Kusum Viswanathan, MD, FAAP

Chief Medical Officer

Brookdale Hospital


Message from Program Director Fernanda Kupferman, MD:

"The mission of the Pediatric Residency Program at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center (BHMC) is to train future pediatricians from diverse backgrounds to become highly competent physicians, scholars, advocates and leaders in pediatric medical care. The emphasis is to treat patients with compassion, empathy, patient centered care and with the highest evidence-based standard of medicine for all children and adolescents, especially the undeserved population."




Application Process

Our program only accepts applications submitted through ERAS.



Residency Program Administrator​:


Tel: +1-718-240-5435


All educational activities are supervised by the Department Chair, Program Director, and /or Faculty.

  • Didactic Lectures: Daily Monday to Friday

  • Morning Report:  Weekly, mentored by the Chair, Program Director and Faculty, focusing on clinical decision making in a case presentation.

  • Grand Rounds: Weekly, department-wide presentations ranging from cutting-edge research to clinical innovations in medical education. We have several invited national and international speakers to share their knowledge, year long.

  • Subspecialty Lectures: 3 to 4 times per week, from Neurology to Allergy, Ambulatory to Intensive Care, we have it all covered.

  • Morbidity & Mortality Meeting:  Monthly. We discuss sentinel events and ways to prevent them to improve patient care and outcomes.

  • Research: Monthly. All residents have at least one research project which is mentored by the faculty and results are presented at national meetings like Pediatric Academic Society, Eastern Society of Pediatric Research, American Academy of Pediatrics and Pediatric Hospital Medicine.


  • Jeopardy Quiz: The residents are in teams of 3-4  persons each. We have teams on stage and have a Jeopardy-like quiz with qualifying rounds and a final round. This includes a “lifeline” for each team and a fun fact quiz at the end.

  • Journal Club: Monthly. A recent article of interest is presented by the resident with discussion and critical appraisal following that.

  • Board Review Class: Weekly for third year residents and monthly for PGY2s and PGY1s. The review class helps the residents to focus on American Board of Pediatrics content specification and the pediatric board exam.

The board review program in the Pediatrics department is very unique. During the first and second year of residency there are monthly meetings designed to cover the basic subjects that are tested on the general pediatrics certification exam.  During the third year of residency, the course is very intense with classes 3 times a month that cover all the material extensively and involve reading and question writing assignments as well as individual assessment via quizzes, mid-term, final and take-home tests. The performance of each resident is monitored and assistance is given when needed.

Leadership & Faculty

For information on our Leadership & Faculty and educational activities please click HERE

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