Pediatric Residency

Pediatric Residency

The UC Irvine School of Medicine/CHOC Children's Hospital of Orange County Pediatric Residency Program recognizes that providing medical care for children is a privilege as well as a responsibility. We welcome aspiring pediatricians who are equally committed to this philosophy.

Pediatric residency integrates patient care, didactic teaching, and research to fulfill this fundamental mission. Training in pediatrics focuses on the total care of the child from birth through young adulthood. We provide a strong clinical and educational foundation through experiences with a broad spectrum of pathology, as well as normal development, preventive healthcare, and use of community resources.

The mission of our program is to provide our community and beyond with highly-skilled, well-balanced pediatricians and leaders in both primary care and specialty medicine in line with UC Irvine Health’s overarching vision of "Discover, Teach and Heal." The residency program will provide trainees with a broad-based educational experience directed at providing the highest quality care for our diverse patient population through expansive opportunities in a collegial and supportive setting.

The aims of our program are as follows:

  • Train residents to become outstanding clinicians providing team-based care in diverse inpatient and ambulatory clinical settings.
  • Enable resident growth as capable physician-advocates and leaders for child health.
  • Encourage individualized achievement in one or more of the core tenants of discover, teach or heal through our extensive resources and faculty pool.
  • Develop resident aptitude to teach/educate, including patients, students, and ancillary staff, by providing tools and opportunities to engage.
  • Empower residents to grow professionally and personally, through diligence and inquiry, in an environment that fosters camaraderie and resiliency.
  • Instill a desire for life-long learning through habit, modeling, and opportunities.

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How To Apply:

The UC Irvine School of Medicine/CHOC Children's Hospital of Orange County Pediatric Residency Program participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).

Applications are accepted only through Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Our application deadline is December 1.

The UC Schools of Medicine have reached consensus agreement regarding the residency and fellowship interview season for the academic year 2020-2021: All interviews must be held remotely, even if the candidate lives locally. This policy is in alignment with guidance provided by the Coalition for Physician Accountability, which is composed of key national medical educational stakeholders, such as the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), LCME, AAMC, AMA and the ACGME. The UC Irvine School of Medicine is supportive of this approach, because we must take into consideration the safety and well-being of applicants, physical restrictions and financial barriers to travel, and shifting shelter-in-place orders. To promote an equitable selection process, all applicants should have the same interview experiences and opportunities to interact with the program’s faculty and residents.

Please include the following supportive documents along with your application:

  • Dean's letter
  • Three to four letters of recommendation (chairman’s letter is not required)
  • Personal statement
  • Photograph (highly recommended, but not required)
  • U.S. Medical Licensing Examination® Step I score (score reports required for an interview)
  • USMLE Step II CK and CS scores (score reports highly recommended prior to rank list due date), USMLE Step II CS exception for DO applicants below
  • Medical school transcript
  • A certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and a Medical Board of California status letter, if applicable
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must have proof of your visa or resident alien card
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    Sep 27, 2020

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    Irvine, California

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