Social Pediatrics Residency Program - FAQs

Why Should I Choose the Social Pediatrics Track?

For over 40 years, The Social Pediatrics program has been training physicians who are dedicated to practicing medicine in underserved communities.  Our diverse patient population and extensive community involvement will give you the unique opportunity to learn about community pediatrics in an academic setting.  The program is for you if you are interested in learning how health policy can affect children’s health in underserved communities; create successful community partnerships; and integrate public health concepts into everyday practice of medicine.

What am I Trading In if I am in the Social Peds Instead of the Categorical Track?

You will receive the same amount of inpatient training as categorical residents your intern year. Although you will continue inpatient and subspecialty training, you will spend more time in continuity clinic during your second and third years, with the focus of honing your primary care skills.

What Do Residents Do After They Graduate?

Our residents go on to practice in a wide variety of areas.  While we expect that our graduates will choose to practice in underserved areas and become leaders in community and public health, we also realize that changes in career path can happen.   Our residents have gone on to careers in both primary care and subspecialty fellowships.  Others choose to further their education through Masters of Public Health programs and several have gone onto the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service program.

If I Decide I Want to Do Subspecialty Fellowship Training, Will My Options be Limited?

No, the Social Peds track does not limit your choice. You have ample elective time to explore subspecialties of interest.