Pediatric Residency Fast Facts

General Information

  • We care for a very diverse group of patients; with respect to age, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Housestaff gain experience in treating numerous pediatric illnesses, from tertiary care to routine “bread and butter” general pediatrics.
  • Subsidized housing is available nearby for those who are interested.
  • A $200 meal stipend is provided for each four-week block while on call at the hospital.
  • Interns receive a book stipend at the start of training.
  • The program covers PALS, BLS and NRP expenses, and reimburses the full cost of the USMLE Step III exam and California Medical Licensure.
  • There is a holiday party in December and an “end-of-the-year” party in June, with full overnight coverage for all housestaff.
  • Residents receive 4 weeks of vacation each year (5 weeks during the PL-1 year) with an additional 4-5 days off over the winter holidays.
  • There is a two day overnight intern retreat in February and one day PL-2 and PL-3 retreats.
  • We have a state-of-the-art electronic medical record system for order-entry, documentation and laboratory results.
  • Residents receive membership to the American Academy of Pediatrics and subscriptions to Pediatrics, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and Pediatrics in Review.
  • There is 24-hour access both on and off campus to pediatric library resources and database subscriptions (e.g., Up-to-Date, Ovid Online, etc.).

Hospital Details

  • There is a superb ancillary staff, which includes pediatric nurses, child life specialists, dietitians, social workers, clinical care coordinators, chaplains and more. 
  • There are dedicated phlebotomy and IV teams. 

Graduate Opportunities

  • Graduates routinely obtain prestigious fellowship and general practice positions throughout the country.
  • Employers and fellowship directors often comment that they can trust the training that graduates from Children's Hospital Los Angeles residency receive.

Educational Program

  • There is both a general pediatric coaching program for all residents and an additional subspecialty mentorship/advisor program for any interested housestaff.
  • Our graduates routinely provide feedback on the strengths of the program and how well they are prepared for clinical practice.
  • Housestaff have 6 four-week elective blocks and 2 weeks of Selective during their three years, providing flexibility and a wealth of learning possibilities, including community-based and international experiences.
  • Educational opportunities include case-based discussions, formal didactics, and bedside teaching.
  • There are opportunities to learn from world-renowned specialists.
  • Residents have opportunities to teach.
  • Professional development (including instruction on interpersonal skills, professionalism, teaching, etc.) is included in the residency curriculum.
  • Residents receive training in various procedural skills (e.g., lumbar punctures, intravenous line placement, etc.).
  • We provide a free Board Review course for all Children's Hospital Los Angeles residents.
  • We have maintained a 96 percent pass rate on the Pediatric Board certifying exam over the past 17 years. 

Inpatient Experience

  • Residents care for and learn from patients with both general and subspecialty pediatric illnesses.
  • Residents participate in multidisciplinary family centered bedside rounds.
  • The CCC’s and the CCA’s assist the resident teams with care coordination and discharge planning needs.
  • Faculty write all post-call notes on the general wards.

Outpatient Experience

  • Our continuity clinic has a resident-to-faculty preceptor ratio of 2.5:1.
  • We have full-time interpreters, dietitians and psychologists in continuity clinic.
  • The majority of resident continuity clinic appointments are for common ambulatory pediatric conditions.
  • All PL-2 residents participate in a 4-week Ambulatory Pediatric rotation that combines small group didactics with ambulatory clinical experiences.