Pediatric Residency Fast Facts

General Information

  • We care for a very diverse group of patients, with a range of ages, cultures and social backgrounds.
  • Housestaff are exposed to numerous pediatric illnesses, from tertiary care to routine “bread and butter” general pediatrics.
  • Residents experience and learn from patients and illnesses that other individuals only read about.
  • As a regional referral center residents are exposed to the same disease in a variety of presentations.
  • Inexpensive hospital-owned housing is available nearby for those who are interested.
  • $150-$165 in meals are 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 payment for the USMLE Step III exam and California Medical Licensure fees.
  • 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 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- trained nurses, child life specialists, nutritionists, social workers, clinical care coordinators, chaplains and more. 
  • There are dedicated phlebotomy and IV teams. 

Graduate Opportunities

  • House staff 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 mentorship program for all residents and an additional subspecialty mentorship/advisor program for any interested housestaff.
  • Our graduates routinely let us know how much they appreciate their training, and how well prepared they are for clinical practice.
  • Housestaff have 10 four-week elective blocks during their three years, providing tremendous flexibility and a wealth of learning possibilities, including off-site and international experiences.
  • Educational opportunities are varied allowing for all types of learners (e.g., morning report, senior resident rounds, noon conferences, OSCEs, interpersonal skills sessions, etc.).
  • There are opportunities to learn from world-renowned specialists on a daily basis.
  • There are numerous opportunities to teach (e.g., case conference, continuity clinic conferences, medical students, etc.).
  • Professional development (including instruction on interpersonal skills, professionalism, teaching, etc.) is part of the residency curriculum.
  • You receive training in various procedural skills (e.g., lumbar punctures, intravenous line placement, etc.).
  • The program is designed for the residents and seeks their input on all major decisions.
  • We provide a free 4-week Board Review course for all Children's Hospital Los Angeles residents.
  • We have a 96 percent pass rate on the Pediatric Board certifying exam over the past 17 years. 

Inpatient Experience

  • 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, nutritionists and psychologists in continuity clinic.
  • The majority of resident continuity 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.