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Pediatric Residency Program - Our Pediatric Training


Our program is committed to education and work-life balance, while providing personalized training for each resident. 

We are a national leader in providing career focused longitudinal experiences that are mentored and individually crafted for each resident. 

Trainees may focus on primary care (rural or urban), hospitalist medicine, a subspecialty focus (pre-fellowship) and/or global health. 

This unique approach helps satisfy the new ACGME requirement in pediatrics for 6 months of career focused training.

First Year
(Weekly Continuity Clinic)
Second Year
(Weekly Continuity Clinic)
Third Year
(Weekl​y Continuity Clinic)
Clinic PICU (call) DH Supervisor (call)
Behavior & Development* PICU (call) DH Emergency (call)
DH/CHCO Emergency* Pulmonary IP (call) CHCO Ward Supervisor (Nights)
Community Peds Advocacy
Clinic CHCO Ward Supervisor (Days)
NICU (UCH) (call) Supervisor Experience (Wards or Nights) CHCO Emergency
NICU (DH or UCH) (call) Heme-Onc IP (call) UCH or DH NICU Supervisor (call)
Adolescent Medicine 
Well Baby Nursery - DH or UCH (call) Elective/CFEB
DH Inpatient Ward (call)
CHCO Emergency Elective/CFEB
Clinic Elective​ Elective/CFEB
CHCO Inpatient Ward
Elective Elective/CFEB
CHCO Inpatient Ward (Nights)
Elective Elective/CFEB
CHCO Inpatient Ward Elective or Rural Elective/CFEB


DH = Denver Health
CHCO = Children's Hospital Colorado
UCH = University of Colorado Hospital
CFEB = Career Focused Educational Block

*In the intern year, these 3 rotations are combined as a 3 month integrated experience.

The above are representative schedules - actual schedules may vary from this example.

Morning Report

From 7:30-8:00 am each day, morning report is held for all residents at Children’s Hospital Colorado. This interactive conference is led by a chief or a second or third-year resident. Residents present a case to assembled students, residents, and faculty. The differential diagnosis, work-up, and management of the patient are then discussed by residents and faculty. Chief-led morning reports focus on common pediatric issues with questions and discussion geared towards all levels of residents. In addition, radiology and “Ask the Experts” sessions are included.

Academic Half Day

Academic Half Day is an innovative and interactive curriculum that replaces the traditional lecture based noon conference curriculum. Residents attend Academic Half Day one Tuesday afternoon per month from 1:30-5:00pm in a protected learning environment free from patient care responsibilities. The curriculum is designed specifically for interns and upper level (PL2 and PL3) residents. Academic Half Day topics include Cardiology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Metabolics/Genetics, Neurology, Psychiatry/Child Abuse, Emergency Medicine, and Rheumatology, Dermatology, Allergy/Immunology, Surgical Subspecialties and ICU..

Longitudinal Small Group

Longitudinal Small Group takes place during protected time for each resident one half day a month. This forum is a confidential and safe environment for residents to discuss difficult topics in medicine that are not covered in traditional residency education and to enhance our residents’ resiliency. Topics include: communication and shared decision making, emotional wellbeing, ethical dilemmas and dealing with death and bad outcomes. These sessions provide opportunities to connect with your co-residents and develop mentoring relationships with faculty.

Noon Conference

On days when we don’t have an Academic Half Day, students and residents gather for either a lecture on a core pediatric topic,resident wellness, or a resident led conference. Lunch is provided every weekday. Resident lecture topics have included:

  • • Intern Report, a case presentation
  • • Evidence Based Clinical Effectiveness Conference, presented by our interns
  • • Supervisor’s Conference, a case-driven topical conference given by senior residents
  • • Morbidity & Mortality, given by the chief resident
(This time slot is also occasionally used for special guest presentations.)

On Fridays, from September through May, noon conference is replaced by department-wide Grand Rounds. During the summer, this time is utilized for a resident lead Spanish language class.

Teaching on the Go

Attendings, fellows, and senior residents offer teaching points at the bedside throughout morning rounds. Fellows contribute greatly to resident education, while still permitting residents primary responsibility for all patients. Fellows are involved on a daily basis in the PICU, NICU, Heme-Onc, and Pulmonary services. Fellows from other specialties consult regularly on all the inpatient and outpatient services. Didactic education also occurs on many rotations presenting specialty specific curriculum.

Pediatrics/ Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 

The American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offer a joint program whereby physicians interested in specialty certification in Pediatrics and PM&R can qualify for admission to the certification examination of both Boards. The University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado are proud to be one of only a few such programs in the United States. The Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine program offers a broad, comprehensive range of clinical inpatient and ambulatory services for children and adolescents with congenital or acquired disabilities. Faculty research interests include: cerebral palsy, neuromuscular diseases, traumatic brain injury, myelodysplasia, amputations and gait and motion analysis. 

Usual completion time for the program is five years. Interested applicants should apply to each program separately; there is one combined slot per year. Please visit the PM&R Residency website for more information.  

Child Neurology 

The University of Colorado School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Colorado offer a three-year residency in child neurology after completion of two years of pediatric residency (for a total of 5 years of training).

Child neurology residents spend their third year working on the adult neurology service, followed by two years of pediatric neurology. These two years are evenly divided between clinical and basic science rotations, and are designed to give residents experience in the subspecialties of neuropathology, electroencephalography, neuromuscular disease, neurosurgery, genetics, metabolic disorders and child development. For more information, please visit the Child Neurology Residency website. 

Internal Medicine/Pediatric Training Program

The University of Colorado’s Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric program was started in the 2014-2015 academic year.  With Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital adjacent to each other on the Anschutz Medical Campus, trainees have ample opportunity to attend conferences at both institutions regardless of their specific hospital assignment. 

Our goal is to provide trainees with outstanding training in both internal medicine and pediatrics with the freedom in their last two years to mold their training to meet their long-term career goals. The Department of Internal Medicine has pioneered education in the hospitalist track, along with well-established primary care and rural experiences. The Department of Pediatrics has been at the national forefront in shaping career focused individualized training for residents with a focus in hospital medicine, primary care (rural or urban) and subspecialty care. This is a four-year program.

To learn more, visit the Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency Training Program website.

Longitudinal Block/Career Focused Educational Block

We offer residents the unique opportunity to participate in a longitudinal block experience during their third year. As opposed to traditional monthly electives, the longitudinal block is a six-month period in which residents can customize their education to fit with their future career goals with options in primary care, subspecialties, global health or hospitalist medicine.  Residents allocate their time between primary care clinics, specialty clinics, research or beginning their job search. They meet with a mentor of their choice twice monthly during the longitudinal block. The longitudinal block is specifically directed towards the individual resident’s learning goals, helping prepare them to move on to the next phase of their careers. It focuses on self-directed learning and individual career exploration.

American Board of Pediatrics Integrated Research Pathway 

Individuals may apply for this pathway during the first nine months of the PL-1 year. This pathway is open to individuals with the PhD degree or others who demonstrate equivalent prior research experience. The training in most instances will include 24 months of pediatric clinical rotations and up to 12 months of integrated research time. This pathway is designed to foster development of physician-scientists. 

American Board of Pediatrics Accelerated Research Pathway 

This program is designed to accommodate candidates committed to an academic career as a physician-scientist. This pathway includes two years of pediatric training followed by four years of subspecialty training. There is no requirement for prior research training.

For residents interested in subspecialty practice, our program offers the opportunity to spend a half day per week working in a specialty clinic or on a research project during elective months in the second and third years of training.

Please visit our subspecialty websites for more information about each discipline's clinical training, research focus, and faculty.


Child advocacy is a key component of the mission of Children’s Hospital Colorado. All residents complete a one month rotation in child advocacy and community pediatrics during intern year. The rotation focuses on advocacy at three levels: patient, community and legislative (policy) advocacy. The curriculum is partially individualized, allowing residents to pursue advocacy activities that relate to personal and career interests. For residents who desire additional advocacy training, several other electives are available, including the resident LEADS (Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Development, Scholarship) elective, a Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention elective (through the nationally-known Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse) and a Legislative Advocacy elective. 

Global Health 

We believe that international experiences are extremely valuable to residents’ clinical training, providing our residents with the opportunity to be immersed in another culture and to experience medical practice in an entirely different environment. The Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Global Health (CGH) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus coordinates health activities across the University of Colorado campuses and forms partnerships with other groups in Colorado dedicated to creating advances in global health. CGH is intricately connected to Children’s Hospital Colorado. CGH’s director, Dr. Stephen Berman, is a Professor of Pediatrics and a past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Maternal and Child Health Division at CGH was recently designated by the World Health Organization as a Collaborating Center for Promoting Family and Child Health, one of only two programs in the Americas to receive this designation. CGH has also newly developed a Fellowship in Pediatric Global Health. CGH offers many opportunities for residents to participate in research and clinical work.  Each year 4 interns are selected to have a global health focus during their training. As part of this training, these residents spend two months at our affiliated site in Guatemala. Other global health opportunities are availbe to all residents.


Resident Research Day 2019 – Residents and Mentors

Numerous opportunities for resident research are supported by our program, including bothclinical and laboratory investigation. Each resident is expected to participate in a scholarly project during the three years of residency training. This can include a basic science or clinical research project or any another educational endeavor (such as a quality improvement initiative, an educational manual or a special presentation to the residency) as approved by the Program Director. The program helps residents identify a research mentor, who then assists the resident with project design. Residents are allowed to use a portion of their elective time, and/or use a half day per week during electives to work on their research. Most residents who pursue a research opportunity are encouraged to submit a manuscript and/or present at a national meeting. The program funds resident travel for this purpose. Each spring a Resident Research Day is held to display and recognize the scholarly work of residents.


The Simulation Program uses a full suite of state-of-the art, full-size, computer-driven patient simulators to support individual and team training. These lifelike simulators closely mimic human physiology so that participants can gain experience with physical diagnosis, management of common disease states, avoidance and management of medical complications, and management or troubleshooting of monitors and instruments that are utilized in contemporary healthcare settings. We place special emphasis on teaching effective techniques for interdisciplinary team coordination and communication.


The expectation to teach students, colleagues, and patients is one of the many roles and responsibilities that may be new to interns. Residents learn from excellent faculty role models and experience formal training in teaching through workshops and an available Residents and Fellows as Medical Educators Elective. This elective, offered through the University of Colorado Academy of Medical Educators is taught by renowned experts in medical education and is a stand-out opportunity for those specifically interested in medical education. Additionally, our Residents as Teachers committee has brought the concepts they’ve learned from this elective to their co-residents as a separate curriculum. There are noon conferences and Academic Half Days put on by the Residents as Teacher committee, and now a brand-new additional teaching elective: Teaching Elective At Children’s Hospital (TEACH). This elective allows senior residents to incorporate daily hands-on teaching with residents and students, which includes frequent chalk talks, providing feedback, setting specific learning goals, etc.​ 

Medical Spanish 

Our program runs a weekly course in medical Spanish throughout the summer, taught by bilingual residents. While one cannot become proficient in a new language in this time, residents learn how to negotiate language and cultural barriers. Many residents do find that they are proficient in basic medical Spanish by the end of the residency.


Annual class retreats address topics such as team-building, personal health, career development, and program training.  The PL-1 class attends an overnight retreat in the mountains every September, during which interns continue to bond, discuss their experiences, and explore the outdoors. They also attend a "Halfway High-Five" dinner that celebrates their progress halfway through the year. The PL-2 class enjoys quarterly check-ins and a yearly retreat for rising-PL-3s to learn about supervisor best practices, receive escalation training, and discuss rotation specifics.