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Pediatric Residency Program Overview
Pediatric Residency Program Overview

The Children's Mercy Pediatric Residency program continues a rich heritage of providing excellent clinical care to the children of Kansas City and our region, and train future generations of outstanding pediatricians.

Program Details

Our residency program annually accepts 24 categorical pediatric residents, three preliminary residents, and six internal medicine/pediatrics residents. Our current residents hail from 42 medical schools representing 25 states throughout the country and two countries. 

Our residents are engaged in a unique training experience with a diverse clinical population; a wide-ranging array of pediatric pathology; an approachable faculty; and a variety of didactic opportunities. Whether they pursue general academic pediatrics, private practice, hospital medicine, urgent care, or subspecialty fellowships, our graduates routinely acknowledge their excellent preparation in our residency program.

Unique Experiences

The rich curriculum includes two unique longitudinal experiences. Residents are taught the critical skills needed to practice evidence-based medicine through a one-year integrated Evidence-Based Practice and Quality-Improvement Curriculum. Working in teams, each resident will participate in critically appraising the literature, presenting journal clubs, and critiquing clinical practice guidelines.

An international health elective is available with a travel stipend for qualifying residents. We have developed unique partnerships with Hospital del Nino in Panama, the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and Guanqiao Children's Hospital in China. Please visit our International Health Elective Page for more information on this incredible opportunity and see where our residents have traveled recently.


  • Annual class retreats provide enriching advocacy and career development experiences. The first-year and second-year retreat each have an advocacy, team building, educational and social component. As an example, the second-year residents began this year's retreat by comparison shopping in the "food deserts" of Kansas City. They toured Operation Breakthrough, which is a local day/after school-care program that serves our poorest communities. 
  • Our Pediatric Research Center, anchored by the Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutic Innovation Research Unit, provides technologically advanced facilities for research in allergy/immunology, endocrinology, genetics, infectious diseases, neonatology, nephrology, rheumatology and more. Resident involvement in research is encouraged through an innovative program, BRNSTRM - Building Resident New Skills Through Research Mentoring - which links residents to research mentors.
  • We value the important contributions our residents make every day and attempt to enhance their quality of life with an outstanding, competitive benefits package; free, covered onsite parking; and a night float system (owl team) that begins during internship.

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