Pediatrician Schools and Universities in the U.S.

To become a pediatrician, an individual must go to medical school and complete a M.D. program that includes both lab experiences and traditional classroom learning. After earning their M.D, prospective pediatricians then complete a residency in pediatrics.

How to Choose a Pediatrician School

Before selecting a pediatrician school, prospective pediatricians may want consider both the general medical program and the availability of a residency. After completing their undergraduate studies, prospective doctors are required to go through four years of medical schooling followed by a hospital residency lasting 2-6 years. The first two years of medical school require both classroom and laboratory work. The second two years are dedicated to working alongside licensed physicians in rotations of various natures, including pediatrics. Becoming a pediatrician next involves research and work at the residency level.

Considerations when choosing a pediatrician school:

  • Students should consider pediatric residency and fellowship programs at medical schools accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
  • Prospective students of pediatrics may choose schools affiliated with children's hospitals rather than general hospitals in order to work closely with many experienced pediatric physicians and nurses, though this is not required.

Top 10 Pediatrician Schools

College/University Institution Type
University of Pennsylvania (Perelman) 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Harvard University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Cincinnati 4-year, Public
University of Colorado 4-year, Public
University of Washington 4-year, Public
Johns Hopkins University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Baylor College of Medicine 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of California - San Francisco 4-year, Public
University of Pittsburgh 4-year, Public
Washington University in St. Louis 4-year, Private not-for-profit

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