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Training Pathways

The pediatrics residency training program at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center is a three-year categorical program, accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, leading to certification in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.

The program also offers several special training pathways:

  • Combined training in pediatrics and genetics
  • Combined training in pediatrics and anesthesia
  • Pediatric residency leading to residency in neurology and child neurology
  • Pediatric residency leading to residency in neurodevelopmental disabilities
  • Integrated research pathway
  • 1-year preliminary training in pediatrics leading to residency in psychiatry and child psychiatry

Combined Training in Pediatrics and Genetics:

Training in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics is a five year residency program.  The first 12 months of training is spent performing the required rotations in Pediatrics (please see the Curriculum page for a complete list of rotations).  Time is evenly split in years two through four in both Pediatrics and Medical Genetics with six continuous months spent in each specialty per year. The 5th year of training is a dedicated research year.  At the end of five years the trainee is eligible to sit for the certifying examination for both Pediatrics and Medical Genetics. During training residents take graduate courses in genetics, attend the Short Course in Genetics taught at the Jackson laboratories and attend patient meetings such as the annual Little People of America course. Through these experiences our trainees are prepared to become principal investigators within the field of genetics. An optional sixth year of research is also offered which often can act as a bridge towards scientific independence.

Please visit the Institute of GeneticMedicine for further information.

Applicants interested in the combined training pathway should submit their application through ERAS to the Combined Pediatrics and Medical Genetics program [7652344010].   Any questions regarding application status can be directed to the Pediatrics coordinator, Kathy Mainhart.  Interviews for the combined program span two days, one spent in Pediatrics and one interviewing in Genetics.  Coordinators for both programs work hard to ensure that both interview days coordinate with your schedule.  You will be contacted by both departments should you be offered an interview.  Additional information about the combined program can be found on the following websites:

For any further questions about the combined program, please contact Kathy Mainhart.

Combined Training in Pediatrics and Anesthesia

The combined pediatrics-anesthesiology program at Johns Hopkins provides a unique opportunity to learn from faculty from both the pediatrics and anesthesiology departments. Hopkins is quite special in that we have numerous faculty who are dual trained. Combined training is ideal for individuals interested in pursuing a career in pediatric critical care, pediatric anesthesiology, or pediatric pain management. Two positions are available each year. The first year of residency is devoted to pediatrics as such residents begin the program with categorical pediatric residents. The second year is devoted to anesthesiology training with residents beginning PGY 2 year with categorical anesthesiology residents who have completed preliminary or transitional internships. The third through fifth years are spent in both departments alternating every 3 months with for a total of 6 months in each department annually. While in pediatrics, residents attend pediatric continuity clinic for a half-day once a week. During anesthesiology rotations, residents spend a full day once a month in pediatric continuity clinic. A full day once a month is also set aside for residents to work in the operating rooms while on pediatric rotations from the 3rd through 5th years.

Please visit Combined Anesthesiology and Pediatrics Residency for further details. 

Pediatric Training Leading to Residency in Neurology and Child Neurology: 

Two positions in each pediatric residency class are reserved for individuals who plan to enter neurology and child neurology training at Johns Hopkins after completing two years of pediatrics residency.  Residents in this pathway are assigned the same rotations as the categorical pediatric residents, and those rotations meet the requirements of The American Board of Pediatrics for candidates who will be seeking certification in pediatrics following child neurology training.

Please visit Neurology and Neurosurgery for further information.

Pediatric Residency Leading to Residency in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities :

The Kennedy Krieger Institute, just 2 blocks away from the Charlotte Bloomberg Children’s Center, offers residency training in neurodevelopmental disabilities for individuals who have completed two years of training in pediatrics.

Please visit the Kennedy Krieger Institute for further information.

Integrated Research Pathway:

Applicants who have earned both an M.D. and a Ph.D. and have plans to continue training in a pediatric subspecialty may be eligible for the Integrated Research Pathway.  Residents interested in this pathway, who have met expectations during their clinical training in the first 9 months of pediatric residency, will be sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics to apply to The American Board of Pediatrics  for participation in this pathway.  After completing the intern year, residents in this pathway may spend as much as 12 months of the remaining 24 months of residency engaged in research that will help prepare them for research in their chosen field. A research mentor is identified and oversees the resident’s research experience during residency training.  Ideally, research during the residency training years is coordinated with senior investigators who are involved in the resident’s research during subsequent subspecialty training.  An additional 12 months of clinical training in pediatrics, in an accredited subspecialty fellowship program, is required before the candidate is eligible for the certifying exam in General Pediatrics.

Candidates who are interested in this special training pathway should contact Janet Serwint M.D., Residency Program Director for Pediatrics, or Kathy Mainhart, Residency Program Administrator for Pediatrics, as soon as possible after submitting an ERAS application. Additional information about the requirements for this pathway is available at the American Board of Pediatrics. ,

Child Psychiatry Training

The Department of Pediatrics Residency Program offers two preliminary positions intended for students who are interested in doing a year of pediatrics prior to general psychiatry and child psychiatry training at Johns Hopkins. Students will complete an internship year (PGY-1) in the Pediatric Residency Program, two years (PGY-2, PGY-3) in the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program and two years (PGY-4, PGY-5) in the Child Psychiatry Residency Program. 

Applicants interested in this program should apply to the Pediatrics (Preliminary) program through Child Psychiatry

For more information please contact: