About the Pediatric Residency Program
The Pediatric Residency Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland has become one of the leading pediatric training programs in the United States. Since the program's inception in 1926, there have been well over 1000 graduates, many of whom are recognized as leaders in their field.
The program features:
- 78 residents from more than 40 different medical schools
- More than 160 hospital-based pediatric specialists
- More than 300 pediatricians on our medical staff
- A very culturally diverse patient population
There is a special quality about Children's Hospital Oakland that comes from serving the neediest children of Alameda County, as well as serving tertiary care patients from all over California and nearby states. It is a rich educational atmosphere, ripe for learning pediatric medicine, where our residents develop a true esprit de corps.
Our residency training prepares our graduates equally well for diverse career paths in pediatric medicine, with about 40-50% pursuing primary care in various settings, 40% one of the pediatric subspecialties, and 10-20% hospitalist medicine and other fields such as public or international health.
Approximately 130 additional residents rotate through Children's each year, from nearby university training programs in Surgery, Orthopedics, Dentistry, and Anesthesia, and from local Emergency Medicine and Family Practice programs. Additionally, Children's provides 4-week electives and longer rotations for over 120 medical students from accredited medical schools throughout the nation.
We strive for a diverse group of residents and encourage students from communities that have been historically underrepresented to apply.