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Pediatric Residency Program Resident Life
Pediatric Residency Program Resident Life

Children's Mercy knows that residency training can be demanding. With that in mind, our program promotes a well-balanced personal and professional life for residents. We address the needs of our residents through a variety of avenues including structured events, mentorship and outside social activities.

Resident Orientation
This is an nine-day introduction to the hospital community which begins in mid-June. Resident orientation is an opportunity to get to know your peers through several social events. Residents also complete Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP).

Incoming residents are paired with a senior resident at the beginning of each year to foster resident mentorship and support.

Resident Retreats
Annual resident retreats are held outside of the hospital for each residency class.  Retreats focus on team-building opportunities and personal and professional enrichment through philanthropy, educational workshops and social events.

Life Outside of Residency
Yes, it does exist! Our residents pride themselves on being a very social group and have even developed a social committee to organize activities.

Residents and their families plan and attend various functions such as a night at a Kansas City Royals baseball game, Shakespeare in the Park, Broadway Musicals, local live music, dinner clubs, holiday parties and philanthropic activities.

By the Numbers


Married or Single
Married 59%
Single 41%
Rent or Own
Rent 57%
Own 43%
Commute Time
< 10 min. 41%
10-20 min. 46%
21-30 min. 11%
> 30 min. 2%

Plans after Residency
Fellowship 46%
General Pediatrics 33%
Academic 8%
Undecided 14% 


Where do residents go after graduation?
Check out where each of the most recent classes have gone after graduation.

Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Class of 2012 
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
Classes 2010-2014

Of those who went on to fellowship, they went into the following fields:

Classes of 2010-2014 fellowships

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