List of Top Schools for Pediatricians

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  • 0:37 University of Pennsylvania
  • 1:25 Harvard University
  • 2:13 Johns Hopkins University
  • 3:18 Top Pediatric Schools

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School Overviews

Pediatricians are medical doctors who care for the health of infants, children, teens, and young adults. Training to be a general pediatrician requires completion of medical school and hands-on residency and/or fellowship experiences, which are commonly offered at medical schools and may allow for specialization in areas such as cancer or surgery. Three of the top schools for aspiring pediatricians are the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins University. Each was ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

University of Pennsylvania

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania is located at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and the school's pediatric program was ranked first by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Through the M.D. program at CHOP, students are exposed to neonatal care, respiratory and digestive diseases, pediatric cancers, and endocrine disorders in children. UPenn also gives pre-med academic planning assistance to undergrad students who intend to go to medical school after graduation.

School Highlight: Options available to med students at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia include a leadership track, a one-month rotation at a Botswana HIV clinic, a two-week clinical investigator 'toolbox,' and a simulation center.

Harvard University

U.S. News & World Report ranked Harvard Medical School in Boston as the number two medical school for pediatrics for 2017. The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree program requires students to spend four years in the academic program studying pharmacology, immunology, and human disease. For a student's internship and residency, Harvard is connected with pediatric hospitals in the Boston area, including the Boston Children's Hospital and Judge Baker Children's Center. Harvard also has a pre-med curriculum at the undergraduate level that can help prepare students who plan to go on to medical school.

School Highlight: Harvard has a Scholars in Medicine Office (SMO) that maximizes medical students' scholarship and volunteer opportunities and helps with scholarly projects required for graduation.

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Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University, located in Baltimore, Maryland, was ranked #6 among medical schools for its pediatric medical program by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The medical school offers a three-year residency program in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, which can prepare residents for certification in general pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. Residents may also choose to specialize their training in genetics, anesthesia, neurology, neurodevelopmental disabilities, integrated research, or child psychiatry. Some of these specializations require up to two years of additional residency training. For undergraduates, JHU offers a pre-med advising track, and the medical school confers the M.D. degree necessary to pursue a pediatrics residency.

School Highlight: Since 2012, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center has been in a new facility that includes a pediatric emergency room, radiology and operating facilities dedicated to pediatrics, a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and a pediatric intensive care unit.

Top Pediatric Schools

Here is some more information about other top schools for pediatrics:

College/University Name Distinction Location
Stanford University Pediatric residency options at Stanford include a physician scientist track, a pediatric anesthesia combined residency, and a child neurology residency Stanford, CA
University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Was ranked 3rd in the U.S. for pediatric medical training by U.S. News & World Report for 2017, and the Medicine-Pediatrics (Meds/Peds) residency program has one of the largest faculty groups in the U.S. Cincinnati, OH
University of Colorado In addition to a sub-speciality focus, med students at this school can gain experiences in rural or urban primary care, hospitalist medicine, and global health Denver, CO
University of Pittsburgh Ranked 9th for pediatric medical training by U.S. News & World Report for 2017, this school offers mentoring and pediatric sub-specializations in global health, research, and community oriented resident education Pittsburgh, PA
University of Washington Students train at the Seattle Children's Hospital, which is a regional facility that draws from four states, and 36 fellowships related to pediatrics are possible at this school; it was ranked #5 for pediatric med schools in 2017 from the U.S. News & World Report Seattle, WA
Vanderbilt University Students who complete their pediatric residency at Vanderbilt's Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital take rotations through various pediatric wards and intensive care units Nashville, TN

Aspiring pediatricians must start with undergraduate pre-medical training and earn an M.D. before they can pursue a residency in pediatrics. Top-ranked pediatrics programs are available nationwide.

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