Our Focus

Trainees at Children’s National receive a well-rounded experience that provides hands-on clinical care training, while also takes advantage of the opportunities/experiences unique to the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, which features a rich combination of cultural, entertainment and quality of life offerings. Children’s National is committed to providing high-quality education for future pediatric providers and specialists.

Included in our residency programs are the opportunity to a focus on research, advocacy, community health, and global health, which are detailed below. 

In 2000, our Children’s residency program embarked on a very unique experience, the REACH program. It is named after a distinguished former chairman of pediatrics, Robert H. Parrott, who was an internationally recognized pediatrician, researcher, and leader. Dr. Parrott who led a transformation of our institution from a community-based hospital for children into the large, academic tertiary-care center that we are today.

REACH stands for Research, Education, Advocacy, and Child Health care, which are the cornerstone elements of this program. Residents are provided with an opportunity to apply for half-day per week protected time in the second and third years of training to pursue projects and activities in these areas. Essentially, this is a longitudinal elective rotation. Since its inception, residents have pursued a variety of clinical, volunteer, research, and educational topics under the direct mentorship of Children’s National clinical and research faculty. Each year, several of our residents publish their REACH projects in peer-reviewed journals and present them at major national meetings.


CHIRRP is an American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) approved mechanism for pediatric residency training and is designed for residents who have earned an MD (with substantial research experience) or MD/PhD degree and are committed to an academic research career. 

Residents as Teachers

Our pediatric residency training program strives to educate residents in the knowledge, skills, and art of being an effective teacher.

Global Health Curriculum

Our Global Health Curriculum is designed to equip our residents to provide compassionate care both in areas with limited resources in the United States and abroad.