Top Schools for Pediatrics in the U.S.

Jul 27, 2018

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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Aspiring pediatricians need to earn a bachelor's degree and a Doctor of Medicine before enrolling in a pediatrics-specific residency or fellowship program. These programs are available at top medical schools. Residency and fellowship programs in pediatrics can be found at universities nationwide, including Stanford University, the University of Washington in Seattle, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Baylor College of Medicine. The schools we'll review have medical programs that received recognition by U.S. News and World Report in 2017.

Stanford University

Stanford Medicine's Department of Pediatrics residency training program thrives on its diverse multicultural community. The school ranked #2 among the best medical schools for research, according to the U.S. News and World Report in 2017. Stanford's School of Medicine is home to several degree programs, including a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program 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.

University of Washington

The University of Washington's medical school has 90 resident and 60 fellowship positions in pediatrics. U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Washington (UW) the number one medical school for primary care in 2017. U.S. News and World Report also placed the medical school's pediatrics research program at #5 in 2017. The University of Washington's fellowship program includes over 20 pediatric specialties that provide training in areas such as endocrinology, infectious diseases, or rheumatology. Residents can also train in adolescent, neonatal, or perinatal medicine.

University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina's pediatrics department offers 11 specialty divisions. In 2017, 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.

Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine is home to the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative. The school offers general pediatric residency programs as well as more than a dozen specialized residency and fellowship options, including pediatric nephrology, pediatric endocrinology, and pediatric sports medicine. While most of the programs are offered at Baylor's main campus in Houston, a few are available at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio. For 2017, Baylor College of Medicine tied for #7 among the best medical schools for pediatrics per U.S. News and World Report.

Top Schools with Pediatrics Programs

Now let's take a quick look at a few other highly regarded pediatric programs.

School Name Distinction Location
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 tied at 11th among medical schools for research by U.S. News and World Report in 2017 Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Pennsylvania Ranked #1 in pediatrics in 2017 by U.S. News and 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

By completing a residency or fellowship program, trained doctors can get the experience they need to launch their careers in the field of pediatrics. Many schools offer concentration options in particular subfields.

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