There are many medical schools in the United States, both public and private, that provide sufficient training for aspiring pediatricians. A school's accreditation and affiliations are factors students need to consider when selecting a school.
Top 10 Pediatrician Schools
In 2016, U.S. News & World Report indicated that these are the ten best pediatric medical schools in the United States:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Tuition (In-state, 2015-2016)*|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private||$52,210|
|Harvard University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private||$55,850|
|University of Cincinnati||Cincinnati, OH||4-year, Public||$29,680|
|University of Colorado||Aurora, CO||4-year, Public||$35,678|
|University of Washington||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||$33,519|
|Johns Hopkins University||Baltimore, MD||4-year, Private||$48,750|
|Baylor College of Medicine||Houston, TX||4-year, Private||$19,650|
|University of California - San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||4-year, Public||$32,751|
|University of Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Public||$50,010|
|Washington University in St. Louis||St. Louis, MO||4-year, Private||$58,460|
Source: *U.S. News & World Report
School Selection Criteria
These are some important considerations to remember when choosing a pediatrician school:
- Make sure that the school has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
- Prospective students of pediatrics may want to choose schools affiliated with children's hospitals rather than general hospitals.
- Students who wish to specialize in a particular area within pediatrics, such as pediatric oncology or cardiology, may want to evaluate the strength of different schools in that subfield.
Aspiring pediatricians can ensure the quality of their training by choosing an accredited medical school that is well-respected in the field of pediatrics.