How to Apply

Appointments to Residency Training

Residents are appointed to Children's National Health System on a yearly basis. It is expected that all pediatric residents will remain for the full three years to complete their training, except for those residents in the combined Preliminary Child Neurology, Preliminary Neuro-Developmental Disabilities, and Pediatrics-Medical Genetics tracks.

First Year Positions

All applications for the 40 total first-year positions are reviewed through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Applicants should submit a personal statement, curriculum vitae, photograph, medical school transcript, dean’s letter, three letters of recommendation, and USMLE scores through ERAS. 

First-year positions at Children's are selected through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Each track within the Pediatric Residency Program has separate NRMP program codes. Applicants are encouraged to apply to as many tracks as interest them:

  • 1070320C0 – Categorical Track
  • 1070320M0 – Primary Care Track
  • 1070320M1 – Community Health Track
  • 1070185C0 – Child Neurology
  • 1070320P1 – Preliminary Neuro-Developmental Disabilities
  • 1070765C0 – Pediatrics/Medical Genetics

Applicants must be from a medical school approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association. Applications from qualified graduates of foreign medical schools with proper credentialing (ECFMG certification and passing USLME scores) also will be considered. Children's National Health System sponsors J-1 and H-1B visas.

Pediatrics-Child Neurology Track (5-years)

Three positions in each entering intern class have been designated for the combined Pediatrics-Child Neurology Pathway. This pathway consists of five continuous years of training combining two years of preliminary Pediatrics residency training with three years of Neurology fellowship training, all through Children's National. Applications for this pathway will be reviewed through ERAS by both the Pediatric Residency Program and the Child Neurology department. Interested students should apply to this program in duplicate through ERAS: (1) the Categorical track of the pediatric residency program and (2) the Child Neurology program through the Neurology fellowship. Interviews will be coordinated on two successive days (Thursday/Friday), and a single rank list will be generated for selection through the NRMP.

Pediatrics-Medical Genetics Track (4-years)

Applications for this highly competitive four-year residency training program in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics will be reviewed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) at both Children’s National and the National Institutes of Health (please see more information through the NIH Clinical Center and the National Human Genome Research Institute). Interested students should apply to this program in duplicate through ERAS: (1) the Categorical track of the pediatric residency program at Children’s National and (2) the Combined Pediatrics/Medical Genetics Residency Program at the NIH.

Second and Third Year Positions

When openings are present, applications for residency positions at the second or third year of training will be considered. Qualified applicants must be currently enrolled and in good standing at an ACGME-accredited pediatric residency training program to be considered.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, the pediatric residency program at Children’s National does not have any openings. For the 2015-2016 academic year, there are no anticipated openings.