About the Pediatric Residency Program

The Pediatric Residency Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is one of the leading pediatric training programs in the United States. Since the program's inception in 1926, there have been well over 1,300 graduates, many of whom are recognized as leaders in their field.

The program features:

  • 83 residents from more than 40 different medical schools
  • More than 160 hospital-based pediatric specialists
  • More than 300 pediatricians on our medical staff
  • A very culturally diverse patient population

Our residents not only learn how to think about health equity, structural drivers of health, and evidence-based care, but are given many opportunities to build their skills in addressing these topics with cultural humility in a clinical setting. Developing the skills to do this important work begins as early as Intern Orientation. In an anti-racist framework, trainees are provided with the skills to advocate for patients, partner with patients, families and communities, and promote social justice in their daily work as pediatricians.

Our residency program provides a rich learning environment led by faculty members who are dedicated to teaching and mentoring our housestaff. We pride ourselves in our tight-knit community where we work together to deliver high quality care to our patients. Many of our staff completed their training through our program and chose to stay to continue their work in our community and residency program.

Our residents have the opportunity to work in partnership with our community to deliver trauma-informed care to a diverse patient population. Recruiting residents that are a reflection of the diverse community we serve is a top priority for our program. We hope to support an all-encompassing definition of diversity, with a particular focus on underrepresented groups (BIPOC, Immigrants< LGTBQ+ and those with transformative lived experiences). Residents experience first-hand the benefit of working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team to provide a holistic, strength-based approach to healthcare.

Our residency training prepares our graduates equally well for diverse career paths in pediatric medicine, with about 40-50% pursuing primary care in various settings, 40% one of the pediatric subspecialties, and 10-20% hospitalist medicine and other fields such as public or international health.

Over 800 residents, students, and fellows rotate through Children's each year, from nearby university and local training programs in Surgery, Orthopedics, Dentistry, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. Additionally, Children's provides 4-week electives and longer rotations for over 100 medical students from accredited medical schools throughout the nation and serves as a core pediatric rotation site for UCSF School of Medicine.

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