Pediatrics Residency Program Overview

Doctor with mom and her daughters in exam room The central tenet of the Pediatrics Residency Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is one of cultivation. We believe that a physician becomes a well-trained pediatrician gradually.

Supervision and support from our large faculty encourages the resident to take on responsibility in stages, and to grow into the leadership role that culminates during their third year training.

At the conclusion of their training at Children's Hospital, graduating residents have a diverse choice of career paths.

  • 44 percent pursue a subspecialty fellowship
  • 36 percent pursue a career in academic general pediatrics
  • 20 percent pursue a career in primary care pediatrics, both academic and general practice

Develop your learning plan

After acceptance for residency training, Children’s Hospital residents begin thinking about shaping their own career and exploring the learning opportunities available to them.

Individual Learning Plan (ILP)

Each trainee completes an annual learning plan identifying strengths and challenges. The plan helps to focus skills and opportunities on the path toward professional development.

Training paths

While the goal of our program is to provide excellent training in General Pediatrics, we have developed training paths that allow residents to focus on their interests and career goals. Residents select a path over the course of the first year, and in year two and three, complete six Individual Educational Units (IEUs) that complement that path.

The four paths are:

  • Acute Care: for residents considering a career in pediatric critical care, neonatology, cardiology or pediatric emergency medicine.
  • Medical subspecialty care: for residents considering a career in a medical subspecialty other than those mentioned in the Acute Care path (e.g., gastroenterology, pulmonary, rheumatology, endocrinology, etc.)
  • Primary Care: for residents considering a career in primary (ambulatory) care in a variety of settings (e.g. urban or suburban private practice, medically underserved communities, academic centers, etc.).
  • Hospital Medicine: for residents considering a career in pediatric hospital medicine.


In addition to IEUs, each resident has several blocks of elective time and elective sessions in their Ambulatory Block that allow for even broader exploration of interests. Electives can be pre-existing or self-designed.

Learn more about the vast breadth and depth of opportunities available to physicians who choose a career in pediatrics and the strengths of CHOP’s Pediatrics Residency Program.

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How to Apply

Residents are selected through the National Resident Matching Program. You must apply using the ERAS System. Deadline for submissions is Nov 15.

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Why Choose Us?

CHOP's Pediatrics Residency Program offers a balanced, flexible and supportive experience in a top ranked children's hospital. Residents train in cutting-edge facilities, surrounded by world-renowned faculty.

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