Top Schools for Pediatrics in the U.S.

Learn about the top schools for pediatrics, a medical specialty focused on the care and treatment of children. Find summaries of four leading universities, as well as highlights of other schools in the U.S. that offer programs for pediatric residents.

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Residency and fellowship programs in pediatrics can be found at universities nationwide, including Stanford, the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Students can enter these programs after completing medical school.

1. Stanford University in Stanford, California

School Highlight:As a top 10 school in pediatric research according to the U.S. News & World Report in 2015, Stanford Medicine's Department of Pediatrics' residency training program thrives on its diverse multicultural community.

Stanford's School of Medicine is home to several degree programs, including a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in biomedical science. Students can also find master's degree programs in biomedical informatics and epidemiology, among other areas. Through the university's pediatric residency programs, students participate in general, intensive or neonatal pediatric care rotations at children's hospitals, medical centers and community clinics. A combined residency in pediatrics and anesthesiology is also available.

2. University of Washington in Seattle, Washington

School Highlight:The University of Washington's medical school has 90 resident and 60 fellowship positions in pediatrics.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Washington (UW) the number one medical school for primary care instruction in 2015. USN&WR also ranked the medical school's pediatrics research program eighth in 2015. The University of Washington's residency and fellowship programs include 14 pediatric programs that provide training in endocrinology, infectious diseases or rheumatology. Residents can also train in adolescent, neonatal or perinatal medicine.

3. University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill

School Highlight: The pediatrics department at the University of North Carolina offers 12 specialty divisions.

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the number two medical school in the country for primary care instruction. The School of Medicine at the nation's first public university offers allied health and master's degree programs, as well as those leading to an M.D. or a Ph.D.

Through the Department of Pediatrics, students will find pediatric clerkships and accredited residency programs for pediatric specialties. Pediatric fellowships are also available for professionals pursuing post-residency training.

Top Schools with Pediatrics Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Baylor College of Medicine Home to the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative Houston, Texas
Dartmouth College Partners in Health Education program allows medical students to teach children about healthcare Hanover, New Hampshire
Oregon Health and Science University Research opportunities available through the Pediatric Clinical Research Office Portland, Oregon
University of Colorado First pediatric liver transplant performed at the university's medical campus Aurora, Colorado
University of Michigan Ranked 12th in pediatrics research by U.S. News & World Report in 2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Pennsylvania Ranked first in pediatrics research in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
University of Rochester Home of the Hoekelman Center, one of the best training programs for community pediatrics in the country Rochester, New York
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