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.

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.

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