Residency Training Tracks

Children’s National has five available curriculum tracks that offer the opportunity for training in an environment best suited to individual interests. These are all program tracks that medical students can apply to prior to starting residency.

The Categorical, Primary Care, and Community Health tracks are our largest tracks. These three-year tracks have 24 months of pediatric training in common, ensuring that graduates are indistinguishable in their ability to provide excellent general pediatric care and are equally qualified to pursue subspecialty work if they so choose after residency. The Categorical Pediatrics Track is the traditional residency training track; the Primary Care Track focuses on ambulatory general pediatrics; and the Community Health Track focuses on improving the health of underserved populations.

Children’s National also has two smaller tracks for those interested in neurology or genetics. The Child Neurology Track is a residency curriculum that is divided into a two year pediatric and a three year neurology training program to achieve board eligibility and full qualification for a career in pediatric neurology and board eligibility in pediatrics. The Pediatrics and Medical Genetics Combined Residency Track is a combined effort of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), in conjunction with the Children's National Health System, offering a combined, four-year residency program in pediatrics and medical genetics.

These tracks are similar during the first year of training, with their unique qualities becoming more prominent in during experiences in the second and third years. There are approximately 24 residents per training year in the Categorical Track, eight per year in the Community Health Track, five per year in the Primary Care Track, three residents per year in the Preliminary Child Neurology Track, and typically one per year each in the Pediatrics-Medical Genetics tracks, for a minimum total of 40 residents per class.

Curriculum Schedule Grids by Track:

For more information on each individual track, please explore each track’s webpage.

Primary Care Track

Primary Care Track

Children’s National’s Primary Care Track has trained more than 100 pediatric residents since 1982.

Community Health Track

Community Health Track

The Community Health Track focuses on underserved populations and the development of skills in health policy, advocacy, and community healthcare delivery.

Child Neurology Track

The Child Neurology program is an ACGME-accredited categorical residency position offering a two year pediatric and a three year neurology training program to achieve board eligibility and full qualification for a career in pediatric neurology including board eligibility in pediatrics.

Pediatrics and Medical Genetics Track

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.