Top Schools for Pediatrics in the U.S.

Read about the top schools for pediatrics, a medical specialty focused on the care and treatment of children. Find summaries of three leading universities, as well as list of other schools in the U.S. that offer programs for pediatric residents.

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Residency and fellowship programs in pediatrics can be found at universities nationwide, including Stanford, the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Students can enter these programs after completing medical school.

Top U.S. Schools with Pediatrics Programs

1. Stanford University in Stanford, California

Stanford University's medical school ranked tenth for pediatric research by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. The university also placed fourth on Washington Monthly's list of national universities for 2010.

Stanford's School of Medicine is home to several degree programs, including a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in biomedical science. Students can also find master's degree programs in biomedical informatics and epidemiology, among other areas. Through the university's pediatric residency programs, students participate in general, intensive or neonatal pediatric care rotations at children's hospitals, medical centers and community clinics. A combined residency in pediatrics and anesthesiology is also available.

2. University of Washington in Seattle, Washington

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Washington (UW) the number one medical school for primary care instruction in 2012, a position it has held since 1994. USN&WR also ranked the medical school's pediatrics research program seventh in 2012. UW's School of Medicine offers M.D. and Ph.D. programs, as well as 93 accredited clinical fellowship and residency programs. These include 13 pediatric programs that provide training in endocrinology, infectious diseases or rheumatology. Residents can also train in adolescent, neonatal or perinatal medicine.

3. University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill

In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the number two medical school in the country for primary care instruction. The university also ranked 13th among national universities by Washington Monthly in 2010. The School of Medicine at the nation's first public university offers allied health and master's degree programs, as well as those leading to an M.D. or a Ph.D. Through the Department of Pediatrics, students will find pediatric clerkships and accredited residency programs for pediatric specialties. Pediatric fellowships are also available for professionals pursuing post-residency training.

List of Good Schools with Pediatrics Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Baylor College of Medicine Home to the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative Houston, Texas
Dartmouth College Partners in Health Education program allows medical students to teach children about healthcare Hanover, New Hampshire
Oregon Health and Science University Research opportunities available through the Pediatric Clinical Research Office Portland, Oregon
Stanford University Pediatric Resident Committee on Diversity and Multicultural Affairs recruits diverse students for the residency program Stanford, California
University of Colorado First pediatric liver transplant performed at the university's medical campus Aurora, Colorado
University of Michigan Ranked 14th in pediatrics research by U.S. News & World Report in 2012 Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of North Carolina Pediatrics department offers 13 specialty divisions Chapel Hill, North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania Ranked second in pediatrics research in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
University of Rochester Pediatric Links with the Community partnership program Rochester, New York
University of Washington The medical school has 90 resident and 60 fellowship positions in pediatrics Seattle, Washington
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