A diverse body of physicians is needed to care for an increasingly diverse population of children in the United States. To this end, Children’s National aims to attract applicants who are from diverse backgrounds, in many respects, including race, ethnicity, nationality, and sexual orientation.

Nationally, there is a disparity between the percentages of children and physicians from certain minority groups. To help address this disparity, Children’s National aims to support the development of academic pediatricians from underrepresented minorities (URM) in pediatrics.  

To support the growing body of diverse residents, Children’s National also touts a diverse group of faculty, who act as mentors for trainees on various levels. The Diversity Dinner Series happens regularly, and is an opportunity to connect and fellowship with colleagues of varying backgrounds. 

Washington, DC is also a cultural hub, and makes learning about different groups easy and fun! We know that completing residency here will makes you a strong pediatrician, and also broaden your knowledge of the world via festivals, conferences and other cultural events. 

Exciting developments include the establishment of the Minority Senior Scholarship Program, a program to expose fourth-year medical students from URM to academic pediatrics through mentored and funded clinical rotations. For more information on diversity and our programs, please email the Pediatric Chief Residents at pediatricchiefresidents@childrensnational.org.