Primary Care Track

Primary Care Track

Children’s National’s Primary Care Track has trained more than 100 pediatric residents since 1982. Our graduates choose a variety of careers after residency. Many practice primary care pediatrics in offices around the country, often in academic settings. Others have gone on to fellowships and pursue their primary care careers with a focus in an area such as allergy, adolescent and young adult medicine, health policy, or advocacy work. Still others have ultimately chosen subspecialty careers.

The Primary Care Track provides residents with a unique opportunity to apprentice in our busy downtown pediatric faculty practice at Children’s Pediatricians and Associates (CP&A) at Foggy Bottom. Our patients are all insured; 25 percent are insured through Medicaid. They come from across the metropolitan area and from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Our 10 faculty members have a wide range of interests and expertise, including child advocacy, health policy, medical education, adolescent medicine, and health care systems.

Our teaching focus helps each resident hone critical thinking skills, become confident and independent as a practicing pediatrician, understand the value of being part of a team serving patients and their families, and to have fun along the way. Faculty and residents enjoy lively debate and discussion. Being in a smaller setting for concentrated periods of time during your second and third year allows you to develop collegial relationships with faculty and peers.

Quotes from Residents

Quotes from Residents

"I love the small program within a large program feel of the primary care track - you get all the benefits of a small program (lots of personal attention) within a larger program (large tertiary care center with all subspecialties)."

“Early during my fourth year of residency I visited Children’s National and the residents kept talking up the Primary Care Track (even residents that weren’t a part of it!).  I’m so glad I decided to apply and interview- the interview day further explained this track’s advantages and ended up selling me on the experience!  I feel honored to be a part of this group. In my opinion, there’s no better general pediatrics training available out there."

"Foggy Bottom has become a family of sorts for me--I love all of the attendings and really love learning all of their different styles. Also, everyone cares so much about you not only in a professional development sense, but also on a personal level."

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