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.

Kids are incredibly different. Through your pediatrics residency at the University of Colorado, you will be trained to provide the highest quality care for children of all ages.

Kids Are Incredibly Different

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
ClinicCHCO 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 EmergencyElective/CFEB
CHCO Inpatient Ward†

CHCO Inpatient Ward†

CHCO Inpatient Ward†Elective/Rural/GlobalElective/CFEB

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

DH = Denver Health

CHCO = Children's Hospital Colorado

UCH = University of Colorado Hospital

CFEB = Career Focused Educational Block

IP = Inpatient

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

†Inpatient ward months are comprised of 3 weeks of days and 1 week of nights



Career Focused Educational Block (CFEB)

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.

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 

NRMP #: 1076735C0

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 and Pediatric PM&R Fellowship website for more information.  

Child Neurology 

AAMC ID: 14091656
NRMP Code: 1076185C0

The University of Colorado School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Colorado offers a categorical residency in child neurology.  Every applicant that matches will complete two years of pediatric training and three years of child neurology training in accordance with ABPN requirements.
Child neurology residents spend their third year working on the adult neurology service, followed by two years of pediatric neurology. These two years are divided between clinical and basic science rotations, and are designed to give residents experience in the subspecialties of electroencephalography, neuromuscular disease, genetics, neuropathology, metabolic disorders and child development. For more information, please visit the Child Neurology Residency website.

Combined Pediatrics - Medical Genetics

AAMC ID: 7650700001
NRMP Code: 1076130F0

As of 2020, applicants may pursue combined training in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics at the University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital Colorado program. The program is four years long with the intern year spent in pediatrics and subsequent years consisting of alternating blocks of genetics and pediatrics training. After completing the program, graduates are eligible to pursue board certification in both pediatrics and medical genetics. An additional year of training is available for those who wish to pursue board certification in biochemical genetics as well.


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.


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.


CU HEAL (Colorado Urban Health Equity Advocacy Leadership) Pathway, In Development

The CU HEAL (Colorado Urban Health Equity Advocacy Leadership) Pathway is currently in development with anticipated launch for the upcoming academic year 2021-2022. If you are interested in this program and would like more information, please contact: Brandi Freeman (, James Gaensbauer ( and Marco Pinder (


Global Health Pathway

Each year 4 interns are selected to have a global health focus during their training. Residents who match at our program will have the opportunity to apply for the global health pathway after match. As part of this training, these residents spend two months at our affiliated site in Guatemala. Global Health Pathway residents participate in a global health disasters course once during residency and monthly educational conferences/journal club. Other global health opportunities are available to all residents. A "local global health" and a refugee health elective are available to all residents.


Medical Education Pathway

The Medical Education Pathway is available to categorical and combined program residents who have a deeper interest in medical education, teaching, and academic medicine. The Medical Education Pathway has three main components – experiences in medical education, scholarship, and mentorship:

  • Medical education experiences consist of (1) resident-led teaching conferences; (2) a month-long elective that focuses on teaching and feedback on the Children’s Hospital of Colorado hospital medicine service; (3) a month-long elective that brings together resident educators from across all CU GME programs; and (4) an evening longitudinal core curriculum that occurs once a month and spans the three years of residency.
  • Scholarship: Residents in the pathway must participate in the design and implementation of a scholarly project in the area of medical education. The project may relate to curriculum design or educational research. This work may fulfill the residency’s scholarly project requirement. Residents must present their work at the annual CU Department of Pediatrics Resident Research Day or Poster Symposium. Additional opportunities to present their scholarly work at regional and national meetings will be supported.
  • Mentorship: Residents who enroll in the pathway will be assigned a faculty mentor who has a career focus in medical education and, ideally, a similar specialty interest to the resident. Residents will be expected to meet with their faculty mentors at least twice per academic year. Mentors will coach residents in developing an Educator Portfolio, comprised of materials and evaluations from at least five teaching experiences, three feedback sessions, and scholarly work.
  • Residents who have completed all components of the pathway by the time of graduation will be awarded a Certificate in Medical Education.


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.


The University of Colorado pediatric advocacy training is a multifaceted program that draws on the strengths of our location, our community, and local advocacy experts. We believe that pediatricians play an essential role in advocating for their patients and their communities. Our advocacy program provides our residents opportunities to gain the skills necessary to form effective partnerships, enact change, and empower their communities.

Advocacy Rotation

Our advocacy education begins during intern year with a required 1 month rotation where you’ll learn essential advocacy knowledge, skills, and familiarize yourself with local resources. The rotation is a personalized month-long experience based around your identified advocacy interest.
Highlights of the month include:
● Tour the State Capitol with Children’s Government Affairs team - learn about the legislative process and opportunities for involvement
● Meet with Children’s resource specialists to tailor community experiences to your advocacy interest
● Engage with local pediatric advocates
● Skills sessions: writing a CATCH Grant, writing a letter to the editor, and presenting your advocacy findings

Supplemental Curriculum

For a deeper dive into advocacy, our resident-run supplemental advocacy curriculum builds on the knowledge from the intern year rotation to enact change in our community. The curriculum is centered around an annual project with the goal of accomplishing a meaningful policy change. Skills sessions, including stakeholder analysis, drafting legislation, and practice testifying, are taught through the lens of the annual project. We are fortunate to have developed relationships with current Colorado Legislators. Through these relationships, our group has insight into the political process and assistance with legislative projects. In addition, members of our supplemental curriculum teach advocacy on the wards via chalk talks and at morning report.


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. For more information on our Global Health Pathway, see the Combined Programs and Pathways tab.


Numerous opportunities for resident research are supported by our program, including both clinical 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 other 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. 

Our residents are supported with many wellness initiatives! Each month, we have “Wellness Wednesday” in place of a typical noon conference. Our Resident Wellness Committee organizes various activities such as play time with our awesome medical dogs, yoga, painting, and “Guess Which Attending?” from their childhood photos. We also have a curriculum called Longitudinal Small Group (LSG) where residents have protected time every other month to meet in small groups and discuss topics such as resilience, implicit bias, and challenging cases. Our residents also receive three protected half days each year to make medical, dental, and mental health appointments as well as attend to other life matters! Additionally, in order to promote mental health and reduce barriers to seeking mental health care, our interns have an additional half-day scheduled where they are able to meet with a therapist who specializes in treating medical professionals. Our residents are well supported by each other, the pediatric chief residents, faculty and program directors!