List of Top Schools for Pediatricians

Learn about the educational steps that lead to a career as a pediatrician. Find out about school and degree options, rankings and locations to make an informed education decision.

School Information

Pediatricians are medical doctors who care for the health of infants, children, teens and young adults. Training to be a general pediatrician requires completion of medical school and hands-on residency experiences. Pediatricians who wish to further specialize in areas like cancer or surgery will require additional targeted training, residencies and/or fellowships. Read on to get details on two of the top medical schools for general pediatrics, both of which are located in New England, and see a list of other good schools for pediatric training.

1. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

School Highlight: Options available to med students at this school include a leadership track, a one-month rotation at a Botswana HIV clinic, a 2-week clinical investigator 'toolbox,' and a simulation center.

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) is located at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and the school's pediatric program was ranked first by U.S. News & World Report for 2015. Through the M.D. program at CHOP, students are exposed to neonatal care, respiratory and digestive diseases, pediatric cancers and endocrine disorders in children. UPenn also gives pre-med academic planning assistance to undergrad students who intend to go to medical school after graduation.

2. Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: Harvard has a Scholars in Medicine Office (SMO) that maximizes medical students' scholarship and volunteer opportunities and helps with scholarly projects required for graduation.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Harvard Medical School as the number two medical school for pediatrics for 2015. The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree program requires students to spend four years in the academic program studying pharmacology, immunology and human disease. For a student's internship and residency, Harvard is connected with pediatric hospitals in the Cambridge area, including the Children's Hospital of Boston and Judge Baker Children's Center. Harvard also has pre-med curriculum at the undergraduate level that can help prepare students who plan to go on to medical school.

Top Pediatric Schools

College/University Name Distinction Location
Johns Hopkins University Since 2012, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center has been in a new facility that includes a pediatric Emergency Room, radiology and operating facilities dedicated to pediatrics, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Baltimore, MD
Stanford University Pediatric residency options at Stanford include a physician scientist track, a pediatric anesthesia combined residency and a child neurology residency Stanford, CA
University of Cincinnati - Main Campus This school was ranked 3rd in the U.S. for pediatric medical training by U.S. News & World Report for 2015, and the Medicine-Pediatrics (Meds/Peds) residency program has one of the largest faculty groups in the U.S. Cincinnati, OH
University of Colorado Denver In addition to a subspeciality focus, med students at this school can gain experiences in rural or urban primary care, hospitalist medicine and global health Denver, CO
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Ranked 11th for pediatric medical training by U.S. News & World Report for 2015, this school offers mentoring and pediatric sub-specializations in global health, research, community oriented residency education Pittsburgh, PA
University of Washington - Seattle Campus The Seattle Children's Hospital is a regional facility that draws from five states, and 17 fellowships related to pediatrics are possible at this school, ranked #8 for pediatric med schools in 2015 (U.S. News & World Report) Seattle, WA
Vanderbilt University Students who complete their pediatric residency at Vanderbilt's Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital take rotations through various pediatric wards and intensive care units Nashville, TN

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