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Pediatric Residency

The St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Residency Program prides itself on a long-standing tradition of training master clinicians and promoting academic success. Pediatric residents learn primarily through supervised patient care in the outpatient setting and on inpatient units throughout the hospital's many sections, units and multi-disciplinary interprofessional teams. We provide an extensive formal teaching program, including regular attending rounds, daily noon conferences, Chief Resident-led case-based learning, Grand Rounds, and numerous subspecialty conferences. Information on conferences can be found here.

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.

Application Requirements for 2018-19 Match

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:

  • Completed ERAS application
  • Scores for USMLE Step 1 and/or COMLEX Level 1
  • Three letters of recommendation (chairman's letter not required)
  • International Medical Graduates: J1 Visa 

For more information about becoming a resident at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, please contact the Pediatric Residency Office at or (215) 427-3768.

Applications will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

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. 

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