For Applicants

In support of local and national recommendations, the Department of Pediatrics is solely conducting virtual interviews for the 2021 residency and fellowship application cycle.  Our programs will not grant in-person interviews or visits to our sites in order to minimize the health risks of traveling during this coronavirus pandemic and to limit disadvantaging any applicant to our programs. 

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Our state-of-the-art curriculum features new developments in ambulatory care, child abuse and neglect, behavioral and developmental pediatrics, adolescent risks, and developmental disabilities. Subspecialty rotations are highly focused for optimal resident learning and integrated outpatient care is considered to be an essential component of all rotations.

Residents care for children in a rich mix of clinical settings, including community-based programs, children's hospitals, county medical centers, a rehabilitation center and a university hospital.

Residents are partners and colleagues in the educational endeavor. They serve on the Educational Policy Committee and hold regional and national offices in professional organizations. Each resident has a faculty mentor, and written feedback from both individual resident and attending physician is exchanged monthly. Four times each year, residents who share the same continuity clinic days come together from all sites within the Primary Care Clinic Network to participate in a resident-run Primary Care Symposia. These sessions complement daily conferences and grand rounds. Additionally, residents select electives from a compendium with a variety of options and often design their own objectives and learning experiences.

The tradition of academic excellence at Minnesota ensures high quality preparation and flexibility in career choice, as well as role models for careers in research, practice, or both. Nationally recognized scholars on the faculty author more than 300 publications each year and have produced a long history of medical discoveries that enhance the lives of children. The department offers workshops in research methods and assists with grant support for interested residents.

Minnesota's progressive health care reform gives pediatric residents several advantages. Our legislative funds unique training opportunities in primary care pediatrics creates a variety of models of practice, and offers loan repayment options. Minnesota's pleasant neighborhoods and abundance of cultural, recreational, and sporting activities make the state a great place to live and work.

I am certain you will find the staff of our Office of Medical Education to be committed, enthusiastic, organized and helpful. As one of the largest programs in the nation, we are able to offer residents optimum flexibility and choice. Is the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Minnesota the best fit for you? We trust that you will visit us and find out!

Diversity Statement

The University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Residency program are committed to excellence in all areas of its mission. The Department recognizes that excellence is achieved when the University core values of equity and diversity are infused into all aspects of scholarship and patient care. We strive for an environment and culture of inclusivity, equal opportunity and respect for the similarities and differences in all department members - faculty, trainees and staff.

The Department of Pediatrics’ commitment to a welcoming and affirming climate translates into providing equal access to and opportunities in its programs, facilities, and employment for all individuals without regard for race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, apparent and non-apparent disabilities, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. This includes incorporation of diversity and equity issues in our educational curriculum and research endeavors, along with addressing health-care disparities among our patient populations. Residents and Fellows participate on the Department’s Equity Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Our program is committed to training exceptional pediatric residents from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, and sexual orientation backgrounds. For applicants who come from a background that is under-represented in medicine, we would love to create an opportunity for a second look or extended visit at our program. Please contact if interested.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council

The Department of Pediatrics is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion here at the University of Minnesota. For more information about our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council, which works to address disparities in our institution and evaluate diversity in the department, please see here.