Pediatrician Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Pediatricians are physicians specializing in children's and young adult's healthcare. They work alongside other healthcare professionals either within hospitals or in private practices. To become a pediatrician, an individual must go to medical school, then complete a residency in pediatrics.

How to Choose a Pediatrician School

Selecting a pediatrician school is based on both the general medical knowledge obtained 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/UniversityInstitution Type
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Harvard University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Cincinnati4-year, Public
Johns Hopkins University4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Colorado 4-year, Public
University of California San Francisco 4-year, Public
Stanford University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Washington 4-year, Public
Baylor College of Medicine 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Washington University in St. Louis 4-year, Private not-for-profit

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