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Residency Training Tracks

The three-year training tracks affords training in an environment best suited to residents’ individual interests, career goals, and learning styles. Each track fulfils ACGME requirements for pediatric training, ensuring that graduates are indistinguishable in their ability to provide excellent general pediatric care and began general practice or subspecialty training after graduation. Additional rotations are incorporated into each track’s curriculum to allow further focus on that track’s learning goals. The tracks are similar during their first year of training with their unique qualities more prominent in the second and third years.

Our largest tracks include the Categorical Track, Primary Care Track and the Leadership in Advocacy, Under-resourced Communities and Health Equity (LAUnCH) Track. 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 Track is the traditional residency training track; the Primary Care Track focuses on ambulatory general pediatrics; and the LAUnCH Track focuses on advancing health equity of under-resourced populations.

Learn more about our residency tracks below.

Categorical Track

Categorical Pediatrics Track

This is the traditional residency training curriculum that provides a broad exposure to inpatient and outpatient opportunities with a significant amount of customizable elective time. There are approximately 24 residents per year in this track.

Primary Care Track

Primary Care Track

This track provides focused and consecutive block time in a primary care practice so that residents can gain in-depth exposure to the daily routine and inner workings of a practice. Elective opportunities in advocacy, health policy, and community health are also available. There are approximately five residents per year in this track.


CN Research Track

This track is for residents with substantial previous research experience and a desire to continue to build their careers as physician-scientists during residency. A customized mentoring committee of experienced Children’s National investigators is assembled for each Research Track resident. There are up to two residents per year in this track.

Pediatrics and Medical Genetics Track

Pediatrics and Medical Genetics Combined Residency Program

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), in conjunction with Children's National Hospital, offers a unique opportunity for medical school graduates to complete a combined, four-year residency program in pediatrics and medical genetics.