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Overview of the Specialty

Pediatrics is the specialty primarily concerned with the physical, emotional and social health of children from birth to young adulthood. The field encompasses preventive health as well as diagnosis and treatment of both acute and chronic diseases.

Training Requirements

Training consists of a minimum of three years of postgraduate education. There are 190 pediatrics residency programs accredited by the ACGME for 2012/2013 offering more than 2,400 categorical positions available to U.S. seniors.

Matching Program Information and Match Statistics

Pediatrics residency training programs participate in the NRMP. Match results through the NRMP and competitiveness information for pediatrics residency training positions are summarized in the U.S. Match Statistics table below.

US Match Statistics 2013 2012 2011 2010
Competitiveness* Low Low Low Low
# Categorical/ Advanced positions available for U.S. Seniors 2616 2475 2482 2428
% U.S. Seniors matched* 98 98 97 97
# Unfilled Categorical/ Advanced Positions 10 32 45 45
# Unmatched U.S. seniors 43 25 45 43

Source: NRMP *Competitiveness is based on the percentage of U.S. seniors who match in each specialty.

Subspecialty/Fellowship Training

Subspecialty/fellowship training following completion of a pediatrics residency training program is available in many subspecialties: adolescent medicine, neonatal/perinatal medicine, pediatric cardiology, pediatric critical care medicine, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatric infectious diseases, pediatric nephrology, pediatric pulmonology and pediatric rheumatology. Detailed information about the scope of these subspecialty training programs, number of positions offered and length of training is available in the GMED on line database FREIDA.

Career Information

FREIDA physician workforce information for each specialty includes statistical information on the number of positions/programs for residency training, resident work hours, resident work environment and compensation, employment status upon completion of program and work environment for those entering practice in each specialty.



3 years of residency

Categorical positions available

These are minimum requirements. Some programs may have longer residencies.


Subspecialty Length
Adolescent Medicine 3 years
Allergy & Immunology 2 years
Cardiology 3 years
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 2 years
Critical Care Medicine 3 years
Endocrinology 3 years
Gastroenterology 3 years
Hematology & Oncology 3 years
Infectious Diseases 3 years
Medical Genetics 2-4 years
Neonatal Perinatal Medicine 3 years
Nephrology 3 years
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 3 years
Pulmonary Disease 3 years
Rheumatology 3 years


Median, Academic Salary $177,000
Median, Clinical Salary $204,000
Source: AAMC
Create Date: 12-23-2005
Last Modification: 01-27-2014
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis