Aspiring pediatricans can find residency programs and fellowship training in pediatrics at numerous well-known or highly ranked medical schools in the U.S.
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10 Top Pediatrics Schools in the U.S.
The following are some of the best schools offering pediatrics programs.
|University/College||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Graduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Doctoral||$31,068|
|Harvard University||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Doctoral||$41,832|
|University of Cincinnati||Cincinnati, OH||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$12,790 in-state, $24,532 out-of-state|
|Johns Hopkins University||Baltimore, MD||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Doctoral||$48,710|
|University of Colorado - Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus||Denver, CO||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$6,516 in-state, $20,358 out-of-state|
|University of California-San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$11,220 in-state, $26,322 out-of-state|
|Stanford University||Stanford, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Doctoral||$45,729|
|University of Washington||multiple locations||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$15,207 in-state, $27,255 out-of-state (for Seattle campus)|
|Baylor College of Medicine||Houston, TX||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Doctoral||$19,000|
|Washington University in St. Louis||St. Louis, MO||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Doctoral||$47,300|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Medical School Programs
Students spend the first two years of medical school completing intensive coursework in the sciences. The final two years completing core and selective clinical rotations. Students may also complete research projects. Topics for the first two years cover anatomy, immunology, neurology, ethics, and pathology.
Residency in Pediatric Medicine
Upon completion of a medical degree program, students enter into residency programs focusing on pediatric medicine. Residency programs typically last three years for general pediatrics and 4-5 years for combined training programs. Residencies combine didactic training with clinical rotations, and some programs give students the opportunity to conduct research. Additionally, pediatricians can apply for certification from the American Board of Pediatrics. Students can take a variety of elective courses, such as vascular access, anesthesia, genetics, parenting, and pediatric surgery.
Fellowship in Pediatric Medicine
Some physicians elect to complete fellowships following their residencies. Fellowships give doctors the opportunity to develop expertise in a subspecialty and often conduct original research. Some fellowships prepare doctors to take roles in public health, such as advising policy-makers. Fellowships vary in length, but most take 2-3 years to complete. Fellows attend seminars in areas such as scientific writing, community pediatrics, health literacy, cultural competence, and adolescent medicine.
School Selection Criteria
Remember the following considerations as you search for a pediatrics program:
- Any prospective program should be accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (www.lcme.org), and residencies and fellowships should be accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (www.acgme.org).
- While pediatrics is a required clinical rotation, students can check to see if additional rotations related to pediatrics are available as electives at the school of their choice.
- When choosing a residency, students can look for schools that offer a combined training program that prepares them to become board certified in one or two specialties, in addition to pediatrics.
- Students might also consult professional organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for suggestions on choosing a school. For example, the AAP suggests that students consider the faculty on staff at a residency program.
Students who want to focus on pediatrics in their careers can get specialized training through clinical rotations in medical school before continuing on to residencies and fellowships in pediatrics. After medical school, students can expect to spend 4-5 years in residency programs in pediatrics and have the option to pursue pediatric fellowships.