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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 1,300 graduates, many of whom are recognized as leaders in their field.

The program features:

  • 81 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.

Over 200 additional residents rotate through Children's every year, from the nearby university and local training programs in Surgery, Orthopedics, Dentistry, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Family Practice. Additionally, Children's provides 4-week electives and longer rotations for over 100 medical students from accredited medical schools throughout the nation and serves as a core pediatric rotation site for UCSF School of Medicine.

We strive for a diverse group of residents and encourage students from communities that have been historically underrepresented to apply.