About the Alumni Organization
The Alumni Organization at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded with two primary goals:
- To serve as a unique resource for residents, fellows and staff members to enhance their medical education
- To strengthen relationships with CHOP alumni through networking events, ongoing education, and collaborative research
Membership in CHOP’s Alumni Organization includes anyone who is — or ever has been — a member of the medical or research staff of CHOP, or has been in a post-graduate medical training program sponsored by the Hospital. This includes all residents and fellows who’ve trained for at least six months at CHOP.
Education for physicians at CHOP does not end with the completion of a residency or fellowship program. For pediatric specialties that are constantly evolving, there is considerable need for up-to-date educational resources.
The Alumni Organization established the Alumni Giving Fund to provide valuable educational opportunities to residents, fellows, trainees and current staff, and to encourage ongoing involvement among alumni by hosting multiple networking events each year.
Charitable contributions made to the Alumni Giving Fund support Grand Rounds, travel stipends, networking opportunities and achievement awards.
The Alumni Organization proudly sponsors 30 to 50 carefully selected presentations each year to be part of our Grand Rounds lecture series, a vital part of continuing education at Children’s Hospital. These presentations give our medical professionals the opportunity to learn from leaders in their fields and remain on the cutting edge of clinical care and treatment.
Pediatric Grand Rounds are held 8-9 a.m. on Wednesdays between September and June, in the Stokes Auditorium on the first floor of the Main Hospital.
Contributions to the Alumni Giving Fund also support a new initiative — the “Residents and Fellows Grand Rounds Lectureships” — which were envisioned as an opportunity for trainees to speak in a professional forum and demonstrate their commitment to advancing research and clinical care.
Residents, fellows and trainees can apply for travel stipends from the Alumni Organization to attend national conferences to present research projects. These experiences augment the exceptional training CHOP offers and can shape the professional paths of recipients.
The Alumni Organization sponsors engaging reunions and receptions each year. These events are an opportunity for many generations of CHOP Alumni to reunite, share updates in research, and forge new connections.
Contributions to the Alumni Organization allow us to bestow the Richard D. Wood Distinguished Alumni Award upon an outstanding CHOP physician-alumni each year to recognize his or her exceptional contributions to the field of medicine. Learn more about the award and this year’s recipient.