Our Vision - Pediatric Residency

"The vision of the pediatric residency program at The University of Vermont Children's Hospital in partnership with the University of Vermont College of Medicine is to foster in our residents the highest levels of humanism in medicine, advocacy for children through community, regional, national, and global outreach, commitment to high quality patient and family-centered care and the ongoing pursuit of research and scholarly activities. Core to our philosophy is an emphasis on foundational training, building our residents as teachers and producing competent and autonomous pediatricians who are critical thinkers and practice evidence-based medicine. The close one-on-one relationships and mentoring that is central to our program fosters deep experiential learning, professional development, and a well-rounded education and training that promotes the skills to excel as a pediatrician in any future career – from primary care for a rural or underserved population to the most specialized care in an academic institution." — UVM Pediatrics.

Pediatric Residency Program Leadership

Jill Rinehart, MD FAAP

Jill Rinehart, MD, FAAP
Program Director

After twenty years in private pediatric practice in Burlington as a full time community pediatrician, I made the change to academia in 2019. As a graduate of our residency, this program is especially dear to me. I thoroughly enjoy my clinical experience- especially the family relationships that develop over years of working together and will continue to practice with the University in primary pediatric care. I bring this enthusiasm for clinical practice to my teaching, advocacy and community building. After growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, I attended Dartmouth College and then completed medical school at the University of Minnesota. My formative years were spent as a big sister to two younger siblings with complex medical needs. Indeed, this personal experience is the source of my passion for family centered care and has fueled the development of my expertise in medical home, care coordination and working with families to improve population health and medical training. I recently completed my tenure as the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont chapter president and am proud of the legislative advocacy our chapter has accomplished alongside our resident pediatricians on behalf of children in Vermont. Over the years I’ve had the great fortune of having several remarkable physician mentors, most of them established as a result of this residency program. One of the best parts about our program is that you never really leave—you become a part of our family and your success, is our success.

Dr. Amelis Hopkins

Amelia Hopkins, MD
Associate Program Director

I grew up in New Hampshire and went to college at Carleton College in Minnesota.  I attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School and was then fortunate to match here at UVM for pediatric residency. In addition to giving me fantastic training, my three years in the UVM Pediatric Residency Program led me to fall in love with UVM, the Department of Pediatrics, and the Burlington community. After completing my fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at the Children’s Hospital Colorado, I was absolutely thrilled to return and join the UVM faculty in 2007.  Having trained both here and at a larger institution, I believe strongly in our program’s ability to prepare pediatricians for phenomenal careers in primary care, subspecialty pediatrics, or child health advocacy.  Along with the other members of the residency leadership team and faculty, I share the vision of a training environment that helps residents achieve their careers goals through an academically rigorous, personalized, and family-like environment.

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Kenzi Nelson
Program Administrator

Kenzi grew up in a quaint and picturesque Vermont town, within what is referred to as the North East Kingdom. Growing up here has engrained a strong commitment to community, which is sensed by all who visit.  Watching my father work hard and become successful in the ownership and growth of his business, I developed a passion for the intricacies and commitment business entails. I received my BS in Business Administration in 2011 followed by an internship at a neighboring Community Health Center in New Hampshire. I continued to pursue my interest in the Health Administration field and began working at UVMMC in 2013. I was thrilled to join the Pediatric Residency leadership team in early 2016. I have a passion for helping others to succeed and focusing on resident wellness. My husband, daughter, and I (and our dog Dexter!) love this area, the gorgeous views, and all this state has to offer.     

Headshot of Whitney Sevey, MD, a pediatric resident at the UVM Medical Center.

Whitney Sevey, MD
Chief Resident

I grew up in the small state of Rhode Island after which time I spent 8 years in a combined program at the University of Connecticut where I studied physiology and neurobiology during my undergraduate years before completing medical school.  During those 8 years I developed an interest in pediatrics through many activities, including my work at The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, a camp founded by Paul Newman for kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. I was thrilled to move to Vermont and join the team at UVM for residency.  I completed my residency training this past year and I am incredibly excited to be staying on as the chief resident for 2021-2022.  My passions in medicine include: mental health in primary care, water safety, and improving the resident continuity clinic experience.  I hope to practice Pediatric Primary Care in the VT area after completing my residency.  Outside of medicine I love to knit, cook, read, and explore the great outdoors through any means possible, especially tennis, hiking, skiing, and sailing.

Pediatric sites:
Larner College of Medicine at UVM
UVM Medical Center

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