Pediatric Residency Program

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For complete information on the Pediatric Residency Program, please visit:
UW School of Medicine Pediatric Residency Training website at Seattle Children's.



The faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and our two supporting institutions consider our graduate medical education program to be amongst our highest priorities. The Department of Pediatrics includes more than 365 academic faculty members. Many of them are national leaders within their individual specialty field.

The mission of our residency program is to help each individual resident achieve their personal career goals and to develop a foundation for a rewarding career in pediatrics. Our department, along with the University of Washington, is recognized in excellence for both our primary care and academic programs.

The Department also is among the leaders in pediatric research with nearly $43 million of total research awards to the department annually. Over the past two decades, approximately half of our residents have pursued careers in community-based pediatrics, while the remainder have continued with academic subspecialty training.

We also have many outstanding fellowship programs with more than 60 fellows currently in training and believe this diversity of career interests enriches the training environment for all of us.

The residency program is based at Seattle Children's, the major pediatric referral center in a five-state region - Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI).


Year One

The R1 year is designed for residents to acquire the skills necessary to recognize children with manifestations of acute and chronic illness.

These skills are developed through a series of inpatient months on the general medicine service, the hematology/oncology service and the neonatal ICU, as well as outpatient months in continuity clinic, the emergency department, the normal newborn nursery and electives.

Year Two

The R2 year promotes leadership, teaching and clinical decision-making skills.

R2s play an important supervisory role in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Supervisory months are spent on the inpatient services and neonatal intensive care units at Children’s and the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC).

In addition, R2s typically spend one month rotating through intensive care units at Children’s, where they learn about complex medical management of critically ill infants and children.

All R2s spend two months in a unique, award-winning, primary-care experience in a rural setting of the Northwest (referred to as the WWAMI rotation).

Two months during the second or third year are spent at Harborview Medical Center (HMC), the county hospital and the region’s only Level 1 trauma, burn and sexual assault center. This rotation includes ambulatory experience in a multinational clinic, as well as inpatient and emergency department experience.

The remainder of the year consists of additional electives offering each resident the opportunity to customize his or her clinical training to meet his or her individual learning needs.

Year Three

The R3 year of training allows each resident to further enhance his or her clinical, teaching and leadership skills. On inpatient rotations, R3s have increasing levels of responsibility supervising and teaching medical students, visiting residents and pediatric R1s.

While preparing for the transition to life after residency, considerable elective time is made available for the residents to explore additional training opportunities in pediatrics, hone their skills and concentrate on specific areas of interest.

In addition to many subspecialty electives, residents may choose rotations in wilderness medicine, international health, research or advocacy; residents may choose to spend two months as the associate chief resident.

Applications for Pediatric Residency Program

For information on how to apply and related deadlines, please visit the UW Department of Pediatrics Residency Training website at Seattle Children's.

Additional advice on how to apply and interview for a residency can be found on the Department of Pediatrics Medical Student Program section.

UW Medicine Residency Information

For information from the UW Medicine Graduate Medical Education office on residency programs and policies, please see the Prospective Residents and Fellows page on the UW Medicine website.