Message from the Chief Resident

Welcome to the University of Toledo Pediatric Residency Program's website! We are glad to have you visiting. I'm sure you would like to know more about what makes our program special.


There is such a great camaraderie amongst the residents, within and between classes. We strive to help each other as much as possible, and residents frequently socialize with each other outside of clinical responsibilities. We are a mid-sized program, which means that we're still small enough to know each other, but large enough to have support when needed.


Our program is dedicated to making the residency experience the best learning and personal experience possible. We have great attending physicians who are dedicated to teaching and care about us as individuals. The program is geared toward education, and if something is proving not to be beneficial for our residents, it is revised or removed from our curriculum.


We have a large catchment area, which means that we see lots of rare pathology. We have a cystic fibrosis center, a dedicated clinic for disorders of coagulation, and many other opportunities. Additionally, our continuity clinics are focused on establishing continuity between patients and their primary resident physician.  You will have the opportunity to follow newborns into their rambunctious toddler years!


We work with and mentor medical students, as well as have the opportunity to work with PA students, nursing students, respiratory therapy students, pharmacy residents, family medicine residents, and emergency medicine residents.  This gives us the opportunity to share what we know as well as learn from a wide variety of ancillary services.


We are actively involved in community-based programs to improve the lives of local children. During ambulatory/continuity clinic weeks, we have a longitudinal curriculum with days dedicated to community advocacy. This enables us to learn about the available resources in Toledo, as well as how to better help our patients in the future wherever we practice. We work directly with lawyers who provide legal counsel to at-need families, attend lactation classes, visit the local WIC office, and go to school clinics to provide care to families who may have difficulty making it to the doctor's office.


Toledo has a wide variety of activities and entertainment. Foodies will appreciate the non-chain and ethnic food options. If you're into sports, Toledo is home to the Mud Hens (baseball) and the Walleye (hockey).  If you enjoy the outdoors, there are many beautiful metroparks around Toledo that are great for hiking, biking, or just relaxing. There is also the Maumee Bay State Park on Lake Erie, for those who enjoy water activities. For those seeking culture, there is the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Repertoire Theatre, Toledo Opera, Toledo Symphony, Broadway Shows, as well as the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art. For those with families, Toledo has some A+ rated schools as well as the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium and Imagination Station, an interactive science museum. Additionally, the low cost-of-living in the Midwest is definitely a perk of being here! Learn more about Toledo.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or our program if you have any other questions. Thank you so much for paying our webpage a visit!

Matthew Durst, M.D., Ph.D.

Matthew Durst, M.D., Ph.D.

Hiba Elkarib, M.D.

Hiba Elkarib, M.D.

Chief Residents of Pediatrics

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Last Updated: 7/15/24