Pediatric Residency


As a regional referral center for children, Children's Hospital Los Angeles is the perfect place to gain expertise in pediatric care. With outstanding board exam pass rates, our program helps residents meet their career goals and respects their personal lives and time.

Our residents come from across the United States. Check our 2020-2021 House Staff Roster to see where our residents hail from.

About the Residency Program

Superior Training Setting

Our hospital has become a global resource for pediatric clinical care, research and teaching.

About Resident Life

  • How to Apply
  • After Residency
  • Benefits
  • Board Exam
  • Call Rooms
  • Community Outreach
  • Computer and Technology Resources
  • Days Off/Vacation
  • Physician Work Rooms
  • Housing/Parking
  • Jeopardy Call
  • Medical Records
  • Meetings and Retreats
  • Nearby Attractions and Life in L.A.
  • Support Services

All applications for the residency training program must be submitted through ERAS and must consist of at least the following:

  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation (not necessarily from the Department Chair)
  • Dean's letter
  • A copy of your USMLE score(s)
  • Medical school transcripts

All documentation must be received before an applicant's file is reviewed. Applicant files are processed in the order in which they are received. Program staff begins interviewing potential candidates in late October and continue through the end of January.

Our housestaff complete their training well prepared for any career choice in pediatrics. Following 3 years at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, residents choose to pursue careers in a variety of pediatric fields. 

  • Three Chief Residents are selected each year to serve as junior faculty on the medical staff. 
  • Many residents choose to join general pediatric practices in the surrounding Los Angeles area or in a variety of locations throughout the United States. 
  • In addition, many graduates pursue fellowship training in a variety of subspecialty areas, ranging from Adolescent Medicine through Toxicology.

In recent years we have had residents go to the following institutions for a variety of fellowships:

  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Children's Hospital in Seattle
  • Children's National Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
  • Texas Children's Hospital
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Yale University


During resident orientation, several insurance packages are presented. Residents are able to select the benefit options that they want within the categories indicated below.

  • For Residents
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • 401K Matching
  • For Residents' Spouses and Dependents
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Dental


All residents receive a meal allowance of $200 each block rotation that they are on call in the hospital or in the Emergency Department. Lunch may also be provided during occasional noon conferences. Meals are also provided to residents free of charge while on rotation at HPMC. 

Salary (2020-2021)

Post Graduate Year 1 Resident: $62,745 
Post Graduate Year 2 Resident: $65,425 
Post Graduate Year 3 Resident: $69,208

Professional Fees

The program covers PALS, BLS and NRP expenses, and reimburses the full cost for the USMLE Step III exam and California Medical Licensure.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles residents are well prepared for the American Board of Pediatrics Certifying Exam at the end of their residency training. Over the last 17 years our immediate graduates have had a 96 percent pass rate. In addition to all the educational conferences throughout the year, we conduct a free annual Board Review Course for our residents.

There are two call rooms adjacent to each ward’s physician work room. These are furnished with beds, telephones, and computers and include adjacent bathroom facilities.

Interns and residents are truly involved with our local community. In addition to providing medical care to the surrounding neighborhood, our housestaff may give lectures on important health topics to parents and students at nearby schools and participate in health fairs.  

  • During the adolescent rotation, much time is spent working in free clinics in the neighborhood. In addition, a community pediatric elective is available for residents, which provides exposure to a variety of general pediatric issues. 
  • Housestaff may also choose to do additional electives in the community, which may involve direct patient care, child education and/or research.
  • Finally, many of our residents provide invaluable service to the surrounding community through their efforts while rotating on the advocacy block and while conducting a home safety visit for a continuity clinic patients during the PL-2 year.


To improve patient care, our hospital has developed and implemented a clinical information system called KIDS – Knowledge Information and Decision Support. This system allows residents to view all their patients’ clinical information online. With a wireless network throughout patient care areas, residents are able to access and maintain patient lists, see their patients' vitals, lab results, medication history and progress notes (by all clinicians) online and in real time. This creates efficiency for the residents and improves patient care.


The hospital has an automated digital dictation system. Admission History & Physicals and discharge summaries can be directly entered into the computer or dictated. As in all hospitals, interns and residents are required to keep their medical records up-to-date.


The hospital has also implemented the Synapse system to allow for film-less retrieval and viewing of radiological studies.

Residency Program Web Portal

The residency program also has a web-portal, which allows residents access to career guidance information, schedules, a learning center, advocacy information, and other useful educational material.

In general, CHLA interns and residents are off on holidays and weekend days that they are not on call. During the CHLA Rotation, residents get 8 days off. During the intern outpatient rotations, all weekends are off, except for the 1-2 weekends designated as jeopardy call.

  • During intern year, there are 5 weeks of vacation.
  • Four of the five weeks are taken during outpatient rotations and are usually divided into two 2-week blocks.
  • Since interns start one week early, they get their last week of internship off, totaling 5 weeks vacation time.
  • Second and third year residents have four weeks of vacation during each year.

In addition, there are four consecutive days of holiday vacation during the Christmas/New Year's holiday. During this time, half of the residents will work on Christmas and the other half will work on New Year's. Residents are assigned to work an every-other-night (Q2) call during the 4-day period of the holiday which they do not have vacation. We also observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

Each ward has a physician work room designated for the ward team. In each room, there are computers for each intern on the team (with KIDS and Internet/Medline access), as well as telephones, pediatric textbooks, a refrigerator, general office/physical exam supplies, whiteboards, and a water cooler.

The hospital owns an apartment building (affectionately called "The Rodney"), which is located one block from the hospital. There are studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments available. Parking is included in a secure lot. Approximately 2/3rds of our residents live at the Rodney, many live in other parts of Los Angeles (i.e., West Hollywood, Glendale, Los Feliz and near the beaches). The rental rates include free utilities.

Current Monthly Rental Rates are:

  • Studios $600.00
  • One-Bedroom Apartment $750.00
  • Two-Bedroom Apartment $900.00

Interns are assigned to two weeks of jeopardy call during the year (during their call-free months).  PL-2 residents are assigned to jeopardy call during a call-free elective with jeopardy call every fourth night (a total of seven call nights).  PL-3 residents have jeopardy call during a two-week block that is free of any other clinical responsibilities (alternating nights).  All residents are relieved of any clinical duties if they are post-call from a jeopardy call overnight shift.

The hospital has an automated digital dictation system. Admission History & Physicals and discharge summaries can be directly entered into the computer or dictated. As in all hospitals, interns and residents are required to keep their medical records up-to-date.

Communication Meetings

Meetings are scheduled every one to two months and used to discuss residency program issues. All the residents, chief residents, assistant program directors and program director attend these meetings.

Intern Retreat

This is a two day/two night retreat in Lake Arrowhead in February, attended by all the interns, chief residents, assistant program directors and program director. It is a special time for fun, relaxation and a little introspection.

PL-2 Retreat

This is a one day, off-site retreat that focuses on career and fellowship guidance, fiscal planning, and team building.

PL-3 Retreat

This is a one day, off-site retreat with a focus on evaluating job opportunities and contract negotiations, insurance options and advocacy in practice, with an afternoon of fun and food.

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Employee Assistance Program

Through the hospital's Employee Assistance Program, the hospital retains trained counselors available to help with a variety of issues, including relationship difficulties, family troubles, chemical dependency, work stress, and more. All sessions are completely confidential and free.  

Resources for Support & Problem-Solving

Sometimes residents need to talk to someone who has been there before and understands the specific challenges during residency training.  Chief Residents, Residency Program Leadership, and the Residency Program Coordinators are available to support and advise our trainees.

Support Services

Residents, with the assistance of trained facilitators, lead monthly “Wellness” sessions. Each residency class meets separately. Professional counselors are available through the hospital’s Employee Assistance Program to help individual residents manage a variety of issues, including difficulties with relationships and families, chemical dependency, and work-related stress. These support services are free of charge and confidential.