Pediatrics and Medical Genetics Combined Residency Program

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), in conjunction with the Children's National Health System, offers a unique opportunity for medical school graduates to complete a combined, four-year residency program in pediatrics and medical genetics. This combined program, which draws upon the strengths of the Children's National Health System's ACGME accredited program in pediatrics and the NHGRI's ACGME-accredited program in Medical Genetics, trains physicians in pediatric medicine as well as in the diagnosis, management and counseling of patients with genetic disorders. Participants gain broad experience in pediatrics, clinical and molecular genetics, metabolic diseases, and cytogenetics.

The Combined Pediatrics-Medical Genetics Residency Program is unparalleled in several respects: It trains residents in one of the nation's most prestigious children's hospitals; it exposes students to rare genetic disorders that might not be seen in a more typical medical genetics program; it is one of the few programs that emphasizes clinical research; and it grants access to the vast resources at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and at other highly ranked medical institutions in the nation's capitol.


Candidates must be graduates of an accredited medical school and hold an MD or an MD/PhD degree.


Trainees spend their time in the pediatrics residency program at the world-renowned Children's National Health System, located in the heart of Washington, D.C. After spending the first 12 months in pediatrics, the resident alternates time between pediatrics and genetics for years 2 and 3, and the final year is entirely genetics focused at the NIH. The genetics portion of the combined program entails seeing patients in various NIH centers and in hospitals and outpatient clinics throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C. A sample curriculum is shown below. During their final year, residents perform laboratory research on a project of their choosing in any one of the nearly 4,000 participating facilities in the Washington, D.C. area. Throughout the program, trainees attend a number of lecture courses, including: Introduction to Medical Genetics; Developmental Biology and Human Malformations; Inborn Errors of Metabolism; and Current Concepts in Clinical Molecular Genetics and Molecular Diagnostics.

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
3 9 12
Inpatient General Pediatrics 2
1% 12
Subspecialty Pediatrics 3 2

Nights 1 1%

Pediatric ICU
1 1
Neonatal ICU 1 1

Emergency Medicine 1 1

Well Baby Nursery 1

Outpatient Pediatrics 2# 2#% 1%
Subspecialty Selective 1 1

Vacation 1 1 1 1

% Indicates one or more of these blocks is in a supervisory role
# Indicates that this includes a call free / elective rotation

Training Sites

Children's National Health System
National Institute of Health Clinical Center
Washington Hospital Center
Walter Reed Army Medical Center


Upon completion of the combined program, trainees will qualify for board certification by both the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG).


The combined NIH - Children's National five-year residency program in pediatrics and medical genetics is highly competitive and accepts only one candidate per year. Applications to the combined training program must be completed in duplicate in ERAS and sent to the Pediatrics/Genetics Track at Children's National and the separate NIH-Children's National Pediatrics/Medical Genetics program at NHGRI.

Interviews and Appointments

Competitive candidates will be invited to interview at NHGRI and Children's National, typically on two consecutive days. Since 2012, this combined program has participated in the NRMP.

Adapted with permission from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).