Residency Training Tracks
Children’s National has six 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.
Our largest tracks include the Categorical Track, Primary Care Track and Community Health Track (CHT), also known as the Leadership in Advocacy, the Underserved, and Community Health (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 CHT/LAUnCH Track focuses on improving the health of underserved populations.
New for the Match 2019, for residents with substantial research experience and a desire to continue research effort during residency, the CN Research Track offers an adjusted training curriculum that allows for up to 9 rotation blocks (2 call-free) of research elective time during the traditional 3-year residency training period. Mentorship is a central feature of the CN Research Track. A customized mentoring committee of experienced Children's National investigators is assembled for each CN Research Track resident. A primary research mentor is then identified based on the applicant's experience and career interests, which may be oriented toward basic science, clinical science, public health or health policy.
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 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 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 CHT/LAUnCH Track, five per year in the Primary Care Track, up to two per year in the CN Research Track, three residents per year in the Child Neurology Track and up to one per year in the Pediatrics-Medical Genetics track, for a minimum total of 40 residents per class.
Curriculum Schedule Grids by Track:
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The Categorical Track offers a traditional pediatric residency training program with ample elective time to individualize training through mentored pathways.
Children’s National’s Primary Care Track provides some of the best pediatric primary care training in the country while also preparing residents for subspecialty careers should they choose to pursue them.
The Community Health Track (CHT), also known as the Leadership in Advocacy, the Underserved, and Community Health (LAUnCH) Track, provides a supportive and cohesive learning community that focuses on improving the health of underserved patients as well as the development of skills in health policy, advocacy and community healthcare delivery.
The Research Track offers an adjusted training curriculum for residents with substantial research experience and the desire to continue research efforts, including those in basic science, clinical science, public health or health policy during residency.
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.
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), in conjunction with 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.