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Our Residency Tracks

 In this Section: The three major 3-year tracks in Children’s residency program offer the opportunity for training in an environment best suited to individual interests. These three tracks have 24 months of pediatric training, 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 and Community Health Track provide a small learning home within the larger home of Children’s National.

The three major tracks are similar during the first year of training, with their unique qualities becoming more prominent in outpatient experiences in the second and third years.  There are 23 residents per training year in the Categorical Track, 8 per year in the Community Health Track, 5 per year in the Primary Care Track.  In addition, there are 3 residents per year in the Preliminary Child Neurology Track, and typically 1 per year each in the Preliminary Neuro-Developmental Disabilities and Pediatrics-Medical Genetics tracks, for a minimum total of 40 residents per class.  

Many applicants have questions particularly about the difference between the Primary Care Track and the Community Health Track:
  • The Primary Care Track provides an opportunity to learn in one setting during a concentrated period of time. Residents spend ten blocks in their second and third years at the Children’s Pediatricians & Associates practice in Foggy Bottom, where they become an integral part of a primary care practice. They care for patients side-by-side with the attendings, working closely with office staff, and gaining in-depth exposure to the daily routine of a primary care pediatric practice. During this time they can also choose elective opportunities in advocacy, health policy, and community health.
  • The Community Health Track focuses on health disparities and the development of skills in health policy, advocacy, and community healthcare delivery. Residents spend their outpatient time learning to use public health techniques to identify and address community health needs, becoming a physician advocate, and managing the clinical care of vulnerable and underserved populations. The global health course and healthy policy course are included in the curriculum for all Community Health Track residents.
As learning experiences expand throughout the program, we have found that having multiple tracks strengthens our program as a whole. Many of the opportunities that are an integral part of the curriculum for one track are open to all residents as electives.

Some of the rotations available to all residents include:
  • Child and Adolescent Protection Center – residents spend two to four weeks learning how to obtain an accurate history and perform a physical exam on an abused child, as well as how to manage the child and family situation going forward
  • Child Health Advocacy Institute – provides an introduction to basic advocacy tools and allows residents to focus on an issue important to pediatric health and do research and advocacy related to that issue
  • Community Building Blocks – addresses the seven areas of community pediatrics and allows residents to choose from a myriad of activities to learn about each of these areas
  • Foggy Bottom Didactics – once weekly sessions where residents explore a primary care pediatric topic in-depth and also spend time leaning about commonly encountered mental health issues in pediatrics
  • Global Health Elective – one-week course that exposes residents to global health issues including healthcare delivery, disease management, and resource allocation
  • Health Policy Fellowship – three week course spent at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services gaining a basic understanding of the healthcare system in the United States and how policy shapes and influences healthcare practices.

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