Building on the success of a well-established curriculum in general pediatrics, pediatric residents in their second year select from one of three "pathways" which allow for a personalized and focused approach to the completion of their residency experience. The Primary Care Pathway is designed to address the needs of residents planning to enter a career in outpatient general pediatrics. The Inpatient Pathway provides experiences in inpatient medicine for those pursuing hospital-based careers, such as hospital medicine, critical care, emergency medicine, or neonatology. The Integrated Pathway serves the needs of residents who foresee a career that will have both outpatient and inpatient components (for example, those pursuing a subspecialty fellowship), as well as residents who remain undecided on a career path.
Each year, three PL-2 residents are picked to serve a fourth year as chief residents, who serve as leaders in the institution and have a wide range of clinical and administrative responsibilities, similar to those of junior faculty members.
In addition, residents assist in the instruction of medical students from Drexel University College of Medicine and Temple University School of Medicine who have clerkships and senior electives at St. Christopher's. Students may come from other medical schools from across the country.
Each year St. Christopher's Hospital for Children receives thousands of applications to its Pediatric Residency Program, from which about 400 are chosen to interview. From this group, St. Christopher's picks 24 categorical PL-1 residents, who anticipate remaining for three years and two 2-year positions in our Child Neurology residency program, both through the National Resident Matching Program.
NOTE: As of July 1, 2015, we no longer offer a one-year preliminary position.
Our criteria for resident selection include traditional measures of academic excellence, as well as evidence of leadership, dedication to community service, and enthusiasm for serving the needs of children. Please note the following requirements for consideration of your application:
For more information about becoming a resident at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, please contact the Pediatric Residency Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 427-3768.
All visiting student rotations must be coordinated through Drexel University College of Medicine. Please contact our medical student coordinator at 215-427-4806 for more information.
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children does not offer externships or observerships.