Teaching the Next Generation

Children's National Health System is dedicated to providing high quality educational opportunities for our physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals through internships, residency, fellowships, graduate medical education, and continuing medical education.

The Pediatric Residency Program had another terrific year in the 2015 National Resident Matching Program. View our 2015 Match Day statistics

Education is Our Specialty

Our program is one of the most competitive in the nation, receiving 2,700 applications for 40 open intern positions each year. Children’s National has 150 subspecialty fellows in 30 fellowship programs, 117 pediatric residents, 750 rotating residents, and 300 medical students.

Children’s National sponsors 30 nationally recognized fellowship programs. New programs formally approved in 2013 include:

  • Pain Medicine
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiac Anesthesia

We have more than 50 faculty members trained through a master’s program in medical education. Our faculty not only teach, they conduct research in education to develop the most innovative and effective teaching strategies.

Recruiting the Best and the Brightest Minds

Children’s medical students, focus on how to diagnose and manage specific diseases and learn how to interact with each child who is growing, developing, and evolving. Students also learn how to meet the needs of parents, especially hospitalized children, paying attention to both the physical and emotional needs of the whole family.

Award-Winning Programs

The Children’s Academy of Pediatric Educators (CAPE) received the “Teaching Program Award,” the highest programmatic honor at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting. Our programs also have been awarded the prestigious Ray E. Helfer Award for Innovation in Medical Education four times.

Children’s National serves as the regional referral center for pediatric emergency, trauma, cancer, cardiac, critical care, neonatology, orthopedic surgery, neurology, and neurosurgery. Our internationally recognized team of pediatric professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year.

About Teaching Hospitals

About Teaching Hospitals

At Children’s National, educating future pediatric specialists is part of what we do to improve the lives of children.

According to the American Hospital Association, there are more than 1,000 teaching hospitals in the United States, and each state has at least one. Teaching hospitals do more than just train the next generation of health professionals. In fact, several accomplishments were pioneered out of our medical education program, including, the first  polio vaccine, intensive care unit for newborns, and pediatric heart transplant.

What does a teaching hospital do?

Being a teaching hospital helps Children’s National recruit the best and brightest students to care for and learn from our kids. Students focus on how to diagnose and manage specific disease processes, and also learn how to interact with each child. Additionally, students learn how to meet the needs of parents, especially parents of hospitalized children, paying attention to both the physical and emotional needs of the whole family.

Students become the teacher

Students help Children’s National run better. Part of our student’s training is performing quality improvement projects to enhance the system of care that we provide. Within research, our students help to find cures for different diseases.

Our Statistics

Our Statistics

Graduate Medical Education

  • 1000 Trainees annually
  • 50 Physician assistant students
  • 180 Third-year medical students from George Washington University
  • 48 Third-year medical students from Howard University
  • 100 Fourth-year medical students from George Washington University and other schools
  • 117 Pediatric residents
  • 150 Fellows (training in subspecialties)
  • 700 Physicians
  • 600 Faculty members - 50 Master’s trained faculty members
  • 34 fellowships - 22 ACGME accredited programs:
  • 5 Residency programs - 1 ACGME Core Residency Training Program
  • 3 Externship externship programs


  • 443 Undergraduate Clinical Rotations
  • 95 Undergraduate Senior Practicum
  • 72 Graduate Students
  • CNA Internships- Dec 2012 (8 students); May 2013 (8 students)