Pediatric Residency


Welcome to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where our mission is to create hope and build healthier futures. With its comprehensive curriculum in clinical care, advocacy and research, the CHLA Pediatric Residency Program fulfills this institutional mission by arming pediatricians-in-training with the skills to become leaders in child and adolescent health, with a focus on promoting health equity and caring for the underserved.

Our 106 residents speak 21 different languages and call 8 countries, 20 states and the District of Columbia home. Meet them here.

About Residency Training

More Information

  • How to Apply
  • Resident Working Environment
  • Days Off/Vacation
  • Back-up Call
  • Meetings and Retreats
  • Resident Support Services
  • Benefits
  • Housing
  • Board Exam
  • After Residency
  • Nearby Attractions and Life in L.A.

All applications for the CHLA Pediatric Residency Program are to must be submitted through ERAS and must include the following:

  • Medical school transcripts
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript(s). (We require passing scores. There is no minimum score cut-off)
  • Dean's letter/MSPE
  • Three letters of recommendation (We do not require a letter from the Chair of Pediatrics).
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement

We do not have a graduation date cut-off.

The deadline to submit applications is Nov. 30, 2020.

Each ward has a physician work room designated for the ward team. In each room, there are computers for each resident on the team, as well as desk phones, portable in-hospital phones (polycoms), pediatric textbooks, a refrigerator, general office/physical exam supplies, whiteboards and a water cooler. There are two call rooms attached to each ward’s physician work room. These are furnished with a bed, telephones, computers, TV and include adjacent bathroom facilities.

CHLA uses Cerner as its EMR. The AltaMed General Pediatrics Clinic where residents have their continuity clinic uses EPIC. Computers in the clinic and computers in the hospital have access to both EMRs. Residents can access these EMRs remotely from their personal devices as well.

In general, CHLA interns and residents are off on holidays and weekend days that they are not on call. During call-free electives, selectives and outpatient rotations, all weekends are off.

  • During the PGY-1 year, there are five weeks of vacation.
  • During the PGY-2 and 3 years, there are four weeks of vacation, each.
  • All residents also have four to five consecutive days of holiday vacation time during the Christmas or 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.

We also observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Cesar Chávez Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

Our back-up call system is designed to provide coverage for clinical duties when an assigned resident is unable to do so on short notice. Calling for back-up coverage may be utilized in many circumstances, including but not limited to physical and psychological health, family emergencies/illnesses or to provide additional resident support in the hospital. As a resident, it can be challenging to balance self-care, work obligations and the desire to not burden colleagues. To encourage appropriate non-punitive use of our back-up system, there is no threshold at which shifts must be repaid.

PGY-1 residents are on back-up call for a total of one to two weeks in their first year. PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents are on a tiered back-up call system for one month each year. Our system has redundancy in place to ensure adequate coverage for any emergencies or illnesses that may arise. Additionally, our large residency program allows us to easily provide coverage when needed for extended absences or medical leave.

Communication Meetings

Communication Meetings are meetings between the residents and residency program leadership. They are scheduled every two months during the noon hour and used to discuss residency program issues/changes. Residents and program leadership attend these meetings.

Quarterly Meetings

Quarterly meetings are meetings between the residents and our hospital’s leadership, including the President and CEO, the Chief Medical Officer and the Designated Institutional Official. These are held during the noon hour and are meant to provide residents an opportunity to hear from and provide feedback to hospital leadership.

PGY-1 Retreat

This is a two-day/two-night retreat in Lake Arrowhead in February attended by all first-year residents, program leadership and program coordinators. It is a special time for fun, relaxation and some introspection.

PGY-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, advocacy in practice, and team building.

To meet the needs of our trainees, CHLA has a full-time Resident and Fellow Wellness Coordinator. We have also established several programs to address bereavement and burnout issues that arise as a result of patient care-related stressors:

  • Monthly wellness groups for residents, which are led by the same facilitator throughout the residents’ three years of training
  • Twice-yearly scheduled check-and-connect sessions with our employee assistance staff. Participation is confidential, and residents have the ability to opt out if desired.
  • Direct follow-up with trainees after the death of a patient to provide grief support and other resources as needed
  • GME subcommittee on wellness with representation from faculty, fellows and residents to assess and support institutional wellness
  • Quarterly significant other groups for partners of trainees, which provide guidance and peer support in areas such as enhancing communication, supporting your partner during medical training and sustaining your relationship
  • Pre-rotation meetings for residents starting their first Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) or Oncology rotation with the respective nursing staff to address any concerns about these areas of the hospital and to enhance collaboration
  • Post-rotation ritual following the PICU, NICU and Oncology rotations, to allow for expression of grief and mutual support
  • Resources for outside therapy for trainees including reimbursements to offset costs
  • “Renewing the Spirit of Medicine” monthly meetings outside of the hospital
  • Schwartz Rounds


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
  • 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 is also provided during in-person noon conferences.

Salary (2020-2021)

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

Housing Stipend

A $9,000 annual housing stipend is available to offset the cost of living in Los Angeles for residents who do not live in our residency housing.

Additional Benefits

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

Residents receive membership to the American Academy of Pediatrics and subscriptions to Pediatrics and Pediatrics in Review.

All incoming residents also receive a $100 stipend to purchase a book, study resource or piece of medical equipment of their choosing. A pair of personalized embroidered scrubs is also provided along with personalized white coats.

The hospital owns an apartment building (called "The Rodney"), which is located across the street from the hospital. There are studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments available. Parking is included in a secure lot. Utilities are free. Currently, 60% of our residents live at the Rodney while others live throughout the Los Angeles area including Downtown, West Hollywood, Glendale, Los Feliz and the beach cities.

Current monthly rental rates for the Rodney are:

  • Studios: $600
  • One-Bedroom: $750
  • Two-Bedroom: $900

Residents not living in the Rodney receive a $9,000 annual housing stipend to offset costs of living in Los Angeles.

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 three years, our graduates have had a 95% pass rate. In addition to the various educational conferences throughout the academic year, we conduct a free annual Board Review Course for our residents.

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

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