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About Us



The NCC Pediatrics Residency aims to train board-certified pediatricians, sought-after medical educators, and physician-leaders capable of delivering top-notch care for pediatric patients - from 22 weeks gestation through 22 years - in any environment, from tertiary care hospitals, isolated clinics, and the austere conditions of humanitarian and battlefield crises.


Our curriculum is designed to allow the faculty to certify that our graduates can be entrusted to perform the Entrustable Professional Activities of a General Pediatrician. Our faculty and residents use a variety of teaching methods to reach every type of learning style in order to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to independently perform these EPAs.

To broaden their experiences,

NCC Pediatric trainees also rotate at:

Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
INOVA Children’s Hospital, Fairfax, VA
Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Joint Base Andrews-Bolling, Washington, DC

Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, KY
Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, VA
US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Program Goals


To provide pediatric training that will meet and exceed the standards of the Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Pediatrics as set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)


To prepare graduates of the program to successfully complete the certification process of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)


To train pediatricians to meet the needs of the uniformed services


To provide pediatric training that will allow graduates to successfully practice pediatric medicine in a variety of settings (e.g. military, academic, managed care, private practice)


To prepare our residents to function with other members of the health care team in both inpatient and ambulatory settings so they may become proficient as leaders in the organization and management of patient care


To teach our residents the skills for lifelong learning that will allow them to practice competently throughout their career
Our Program Director

Dr. Jennifer Hepps

Dr. Hepps is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University (USU).  She earned her A.B. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Harvard University and her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency training, as well as Chief Residency, at the NCC Pediatrics Residency Program.  Prior to becoming the NCC Pediatrics Residency Program Director, she served as Assistant Pediatrics Clerkship Director at USU, Associate Program Director for NCC Pediatrics, and the NCC Transitional Internship Program Director.  Dr. Hepps spends her clinical time as a General Pediatrician in the WRNMMC Pediatric Primary Care Medical Home and as a hospitalist on the Pediatrics Inpatient Ward and Newborn Nursery.  Her research interests are in transitions-of-care and patient-and-family-centered rounds, and she has served as a site Principal Investigator for the I-PASS Study Group.

History of Walter Reed and Military Pediatrics
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