Educational Settings

Education is a constant activity in all settings at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Teaching occurs at the bedside, in the examining room, on rounds, and informal lectures, case conferences, and seminars. Our full-time faculty, research scientists, nursing educators, as well as members of ancillary departments, and of course the fellows, residents and medical students, create an immersive and dynamic educational environment.

Hospital and Clinics

We are proud to be able to offer the vast majority of training within our own free-standing Children's Hospital. We believe this contributes directly to consistent teaching, community and a sense of belonging amongst our learners, faculty and staff members.

Residents develop lasting relationships with each other, hospital-based and community attendings, specialists, and other essential hospital employees such as nurses, respiratory therapists, and administration staff.  This convergence of expertise fosters a multifaceted and enriching educational environment where knowledge is cultivated, shared and advanced, shaping the future of healthcare professionals within our institution.

Learning pediatric medicine in a hospital designed especially for children has great advantages. We are fortunate to practice within a space that has been designed for children, alongside employees with passion and expertise in the care of pediatric patients. 

While almost all of the residency training takes place at Children's, residents do spend time in other settings for specific clinical rotations. For example, to ensure adequate training about deliveries and neonatal medicine on the frontlines, our residents spend time at the active labor and delivery services and nurseries of Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley and Kaiser in Oakland. 

Residents also may choose to spend elective time in other academic institutions around the nation and on approved international electives in many other countries. 

Educational Support and Career Planning

  • Residents are supported by program directors and faculty throughout their three years of training. 
  • Frequent and timely verbal feedback encouraged
  • Biannual meetings with one of the program directors with individualized learning plans and wellbeing check ins
  • Mentoring and career development
  • Support to develop one's own mentor team
  • Broad and supportive alumni network--for mentorship and help finding jobs
  • Life After Residency Panels
  • Subspecialty/Primary Care/Hospitalist Job Workshops
  • Projects/research guidance


Residents as Teachers and Mentors

There are many opportunities to develop skills in leadership, teaching and mentorship. 

  • Clinical teaching (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Didactics on teaching, clinical reasoning and leadership
  • Lead didactics all three years of training (journal clubs, case conferences, rotation-based talks and more)
  • Co-facilitate seminars on Community Advocacy and Primary care rotation
  • Virtual Advocacy Elective for Medical students
  • Education Elective (teaching, develop curriculum)
  • Research and projects (optional)


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