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The mission of the Pediatric Residency Program at UIC is to train and educate a diverse group of pediatric trainees to provide exceptional care for children in the greater Chicago area in a supportive environment. Through clinical teaching and education focused on research and advocacy, our graduates become leaders in their community, match in competitive fellowship programs, and embark on careers in academic or hospital medicine.

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Four Tracks

The Residency offers 4 unique educational tracks to our residents. The tracks available are advocacy, global health, hospital medicine, and research. The different tracks allow residents individualized educational opportunities in their specific areas of interest. There is an application available during intern year for anyone who is interested to apply. Please visit the specific tracks for more information.


Resident education is a priority at our program. We have regularly scheduled education activities, didactics, and case based conferences. The goal of our educational curriculum is to teach our residents strong clinical and problem-solving skills. The curriculum is designed to improve the knowledge base of the residents as they prepare for the American Board of Pediatrics Certifying Examination.

All residents are able to personalize their residency educational experience by utilizing our individualized curriculum (IC). In addition to completing the ACGME required rotations residents choose rotations and electives that are specific to their learning and career goals including participating in research projects.

Training Environment

Most of our training takes place at the Children’s Hospital at UI Health, a tertiary children’s hospital located in Chicago. UI-Health is a mission-driven hospital that cares for a broad spectrum of patients, including a vulnerable patient population. UIC and the Children’s Hospital at UI Health are committed to developing and sustaining an environment that focuses on equity, diversity and inclusion among our residents and faculty. Additionally, as pediatricians in Chicago, we work hard to support our patients and families in navigating the challenges that many of them regularly face in their communities—challenges that have only been amplified in recent years.

Inpatient pediatric care at UI Health includes a tertiary care inpatient ward, a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), a high-volume normal newborn nursery, and a pediatric emergency department. The Child and Youth Center at UI Health houses our high-volume general pediatric and subspecialty clinics.


Our faculty, most of whom are clinician-educators, provide residents with a well-rounded training experience in inpatient and outpatient pediatrics while caring for a largely underserved urban patient population. We teach residents in the clinics, at our state-of-the-art simulation center, at the bedside, and through our robust educational curriculum, including morning, noon, and academic half-day conferences.

They are engaged in research to tackle childhood obesity, health disparities for children with asthma, adverse childhood experiences, depression, and so much more. As a resident at UIC, you will have the opportunity to partner with faculty mentors to develop research projects that might bring the change in our city and our communities that we need to see.

Research Opportunities

The Department of Pediatrics at UIC prides itself on its numerous research opportunities, both in the basic science and clinical arenas.

Resident Research Travel Award

Residents are encouraged to pursue research during their residency training, and faculty mentorship is available in every department. Interns meet with the department head in the first few months of their training, and those interested in pursuing research are paired with faculty mentors as soon as possible. Residents work closely with their mentors on these scholarly activities. The residency program leadership supports resident research, and we work individually with residents to facilitate the integration of research into their training. The department selects one resident each year to receive the Resident Research Travel Award to support them in presenting their research at a national conference.

Clinical Research Methods Online Certificate Program

At UIC, we are fortunate to have this online certificate program available for residents and faculty. Through this program, residents can acquire the skills they need to pursue clinical research. Tuition is waived by the university.
Learn more about clinical research

UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

UIC is home to the NIH-funded CCTS, which offers significant financial and educational support to those residents and faculty pursuing clinical and bench research projects. Start-up grants are available for residents interested in pursuing research during their residency and beyond.
More info on CCTS.

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