Meet the Director
My name is Vasu Bhavaraju and I am the Director of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency and I would like to extend a warm welcome on behalf of our program! From the time I started here as an intern up through being a chief, faculty and part of the leadership team, I have always felt that we have a unique and exceptional program that I am fortunate to be a part of, and excited to tell you about.
There are so many aspects of our program that make it outstanding. First of all, our residents past and present remark that having multiple training sites, within close proximity, is one of our greatest strengths. At Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a free-standing facility, residents care for children with complex medical problems and work alongside highly specialized pediatricians. Residents also spend time at Maricopa Medical Center, a public safety net hospital with a strong general pediatric experience and a faculty that promotes resident autonomy. There are also rotations at St. Joseph’s Hospital which adds positively to the experience.
Our curriculum is balanced with inpatient and outpatient opportunities, general pediatrics and subspecialties, and a diversity of patient populations and pediatric diseases. We have made strides over the past few years to individualize resident education, most notably in the third year, where residents can choose to participate in specialized tracks geared towards their future career goals. We are extremely proud to watch our graduated residents go on to match in their top fellowships, become some of the brightest pediatricians in the community, and practice across the country and around the world!
Another highlight of our program is the dedication to teaching. You can’t walk down the hall here without someone trying to teach you something! You see it at multiple levels with interns teaching medical students and senior residents teaching juniors. Add some chiefs, fellows and over 300 enthusiastic faculty, plus robust didactics, and you have a culture that promotes the education of our future pediatricians.
Our program has undergone quite a bit of change and growth over the past decade, but one thing that has remained constant is the superior quality of the people we are surrounded by. Our residents come from all over the country and bring with them a variety of backgrounds, interests, and perspectives. They are supported by knowledgeable and caring directors, chief residents, and coordinators who strive to help our residents learn and thrive.
We are always looking for residents that are not just good doctors, but good people; those who not only share our mission of service, advocacy and excellent patient care, but who also appreciate all of the non-medical things in life that keep us balanced, such as family, music, and running to name a few of mine!
Please feel free to contact one of our coordinators, Sandra Barker (at Phoenix Children's Hospital) or Stephanie Putman (at Maricopa Medical Center,) for more information. I welcome the opportunity to meet you and tell you more about our program in person.