The University of Colorado School of Medicine's Medicine-Pediatric Residency Training Program is an official member of the National MedPeds Residents' Association (NMPRA).
The NMPRA is a volunteer organization led by resident physicians of various Med-Peds residencies throughout the United States. The organization exists to advocate for the specialty and to foster excitement for its residents and those applying for the specialty.
WHAT IS MED-PEDS?
Med-Peds is a shortened term for “Combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics”.
After completing four years of medical school, a physician must then complete further years of training (residency) to be fully licensed in most states in the U.S.
Internal Medicine is a three year residency program leading to Board Certification in Internal Medicine. Pediatrics is also a three year residency program leading to Board Certification in Pediatrics. While there is no Med-Peds board, once a physician successfully completes a four year Med-Peds residency program they are eligible to complete the board certification exams in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Med-Peds programs are accredited by the ACGME and AOA as a combined program instead of separate accreditation in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.
While Med-Peds residency provides exceptional training for Primary Care, Med-Peds training also leaves open the option of pursuing a subspecialty in either Internal Medicine or Pediatrics or both (e.g. Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Women’s Health, Sports Medicine, etc). This allows over 20 fellowship possibilities for graduates as well as Primary Care and Hospitalist Medicine.
Note that while Med-Peds Primary Care training provides comprehensive primary care, it differs both structurally and philosophically from Family Medicine. A physician trained in Med-Peds can care for the newborn to the geriatric patient. Med-Peds prepares a physician well for private practice, academic medicine, hospitalist programs, and fellowships. Med-Peds is a versatile, exciting, and fulfilling career choice that we hope you will consider.
For more information and interesting statistics regarding the career path for Med-Peds Residents and Medical Students, please visit the NMPRA website here.
(Information provided by the NMPRA)