Well, you and I both know they aren't really babies, but they will feel like my children for the next three years--and probably for the rest of my life. Our first pediatric residents arrive on Monday, June 18.
They will spend two weeks getting oriented and acclimated to their new "home" and will start working as physicians on July 1 or 2. Today I received their blackberry numbers and their photos. They all have institutional email addresses. Most of them probably don't know this information yet. I am so excited I can barely contain myself.
I see this time as a "coming of age" of our pediatric program.