The St. Christopher’s Residency Program prides itself on the emphasis of education, training master clinicians and promoting academic success. As the requirements for the residency curriculum are changing for all programs across the country, St. Chris pediatric residents will have new, exciting and valuable opportunities throughout their education. Building on the success of a well-established curriculum in general pediatrics, pediatric residents will select from one of three “pathways” which will allow for a personalized and focused approach to the completion of their residency experience. The Primary Care Pathway is designed to address the needs of residents planning to enter a career in outpatient general pediatrics. The Hospitalist Pathway provides experiences in inpatient medicine for those with career goals in hospital medicine, critical care or neonatology. The Integrated Pathway will serve the needs of residents who foresee a career that will have both outpatient and inpatient components (for example, those pursuing a subspecialty fellowship), as well as residents who remain undecided on a career path.
Each year St. Christopher's Hospital for Children receives thousands of applications to its Pediatric Residency Program, from which about 300 are chosen to interview. From this group, St. Christopher's picks 24 categorical PL-1 residents, who anticipate remaining for three years, two 1-year categorical PL-1 residents, who meet requirements for careers requiring one clinical year, (e.g. radiology, dermatology, PM&R), and two 2-year categorical positions for those planning a career in child neurology through the National Resident Matching Program. Our criteria include traditional measures of academic excellence, as well as dedication to community service and enthusiasm for serving the needs of children. The residency program at St. Chris requires three letters of recommendation as part of the application process, but it does NOT require one to be from a chair or clerkship director.
Pediatric residents learn primarily through supervised patient care in the outpatient setting and on inpatient units throughout the hospital's many sections. There is also an extensive formal teaching program, including regular attending rounds, daily noon conferences, chief rounds, grand rounds, and numerous subspecialty conferences. Information on conferences can be found here.
Each year, three PL-2 residents are picked to serve a fourth year as chief residents, who serve as leaders and have a wide range of responsibilities, similar to those of junior faculty members.
In addition, residents assist in the instruction of medical students from Drexel University College of Medicine and Temple University School of Medicine who have clerkships and senior electives at St. Christopher's. Students may come from other medical schools from across the country. All visiting student rotations must be coordinated through Drexel University College of Medicine. St. Christopher’s Hospital does not offer externships or observerships at this time.
Application Requirements for 2013-2014 Match
• Completed ERAS application
• Scores for USMLE Step 1 and/or COMLEX Level 1
• Three letters of recommendation (chairman’s letter not required)
For more information about becoming a resident at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, please contact the Pediatric Residency Coordinator at (215) 427-8846 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).