Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Pediatric Residency Program

Q: What is the length of Saint Peter's Pediatric Residency Program?
A: Three years.

Q: How many residency positions are available per year?
A: Eight residents are accepted each year.

Q: Do you accept candidates who are on visas?
A: Yes, we consider high-quality graduates of United States or foreign medical schools. We will consider candidates on J-1 and H1-B visas.

Q: What is the on-call schedule?
A: PL-1 residents are scheduled for either day or night shifts. PL-2 and PL-3 residents are on call overnight and go home when they are post call. Saint Peter's adheres strictly to all requirements of the ACGME's Resident Duty Hours Standards.

Q: How much time do Saint Peter's residents spend at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)?
A: Each Saint Peter's resident will spend a total of three months out of the three-year residency training period at CHOP. The CHOP rotations include three subspecialty elective rotations (one each year). Housing in Philadelphia is provided for residents who are rotating at CHOP. The CHOP experience allows Saint Peter's residents to expand their subspecialty and research exposure at the top-ranked children's hospital in the United States. Saint Peter's is proud to partner with  CHOP.

Q: Are research opportunities available?
A: Yes. Residents are required to participate in research and scholarly activities. Each resident is assigned a faculty research preceptor.

Q: Is there a faculty advising system?
A: Yes. There is an exceptional faculty advising system at The Children's Hospital at Saint Peter's University Hospital. Each resident is assigned a faculty advisor with expertise in the resident's area of interest. The resident and faculty advisor meet at least bimonthly throughout the three years of residency training. The faculty advisor's role is to mentor the resident as she/he progresses through the training program, to help the resident with career choice, and to assist the resident in applying for subspecialty fellowships or finding a job in general pediatrics. Also, the residency program director, the pediatric chairman and two associate program directors meet frequently with all residents. This ensures outstanding mentorship for all residents and a highly positive and close-knit working relationship among residents and faculty.

Q: What do graduates do upon completion of the Saint Peter's residency program?
A: Of the residents who have trained at The Children's Hospital at Saint Peter's University Hospital during the past decade, approximately half have gone on to participate in subspecialty fellowships and half to work in general pediatrics. Those choosing general pediatrics have worked in diverse settings, from private practice to community clinics, and they have worked as hospitalists, academic general pediatricians and private practitioners. Residents choosing fellowships consistently have been matching at excellent training programs.

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