Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s main campus is located at 282 Washington Street in Hartford, Connecticut.

Pediatric Residency Program

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the main teaching hospital for the University of Connecticut School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Over the course of a three-year residency program, residents receive superior education and training that combines hands-on, supervised patient care experiences, protected didactics and online curricular resources.

About Connecticut Children’s

Connecticut Childrn's main campus in HartfordConnecticut Children’s is an independent, free-standing children’s hospital located in the capital city of Hartford, CT. Since April 1996, it has been the academic home for the Department of Pediatrics and the principal training site for the University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Program and medical student pediatric education.

Program At A Glance

Connecticut Children's residents

  • 20 residents selected per year
  • 200 faculty members
  • Resident-focused training
  • Individualized curriculum with well-developed pathways
  • Strong advocacy and community involvement programs
  • Several simulation courses and workshops available
  • Intensive exposure and training opportunities in a variety of settings
  • Four concentrations (community health, acute care, primary care, subspecialty care) with 22 pathways
  • Collaborative medical community
  • Well-rounded experience to prepare students for any career in pediatrics
  • Learning environment promotes wellness and reduces burnout while also focusing on advocacy, quality improvement and safety

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  • 4 weeks of vacation per year
  • Financial support for medical meetings and conferences
  • $1,750 stipend for educational expenses, including electronics
  • Strong administrative support including Program Director, 5 Associate Directors, 3 Chief Residents and 2 Coordinators
  • Away opportunities available, including international health
  • Tuition support for other degree programs available
  • Diverse population and opportunities for continuity clinic
  • Strong benefits package from the University of Connecticut
  • Protected didactics
  • Full ABP content specifications covered
  • Community longitudinal experience
  • Residents fully involved in program governance
  • Individualized, transitional curriculum including 22 pathways within 4 concentrations
  • Full-time academic hospitalist staff supervision
  • Simulation courses and workshops built into curriculum, including PALS and NRP

The Connecticut Children’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is comprised of residents, fellows, attending faculty and hospital team members who are focused on expanding the diversity and inclusion within the Pediatric Residency Program to include participants from groups underrepresented in medicine (URM), and to become more representative of the populations we serve. In doing so, we hope to increase interest of URM applicants to our residency program, create an environment where URM residents feel supported and provide our patients with physician role-models.

Our Program has selected URM interview dates with a special meet and greet with our URM residents, fellows, and faculty. We also support medical students to complete a rotation with us and learn more about our program.

Pediatric GME Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee: 2020-21 Activities
Pediatric GME Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee: 2020-21 Activities


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Application information can be found here. We look forward to meeting you.

We understand the importance of wellness during training and beyond. In order to help our residents learn professional and personal skills that will keep them engaged and resilient throughout their careers, we offer a variety of wellness activities.

Resident Retreats

Each year, our residents have a full day fall and spring retreat. Our retreat themes are self-care, connectedness and meaning in work.

Personal Financial Literacy Curriculum

We offer residents financial planning education that covers the spectrum of financial literacy topics addressing resident’s current needs and long-term financial goals.

Our educators even help residents create a financial personal financial plan.

Professional Development

We offer four specialized professionalism sessions each year focusing on community engagement, humanism in medicine and meaning in work. The content of each session changes each year to reflect these themes.

Diversity and Inclusion

Spearheaded by our resident leaders, our program created a diversity and inclusion program to expand the diversity/inclusiveness of the residency program to be more representative of the patient population that we serve.

Holiday Observances

We offer each residents time to enjoy the holidays with their families and friends. Each resident receives 4 days of non-clinical time in addition to their 4 weeks of vacation time in observance of holidays as well as 2 days of non-clinical time to be used at Thanksgiving.

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Inpatient Team (1 week night float) PICU (1 week night float) Inpatient Teach with Teach
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Our Team

Connecticut Children’s Neurologist Edwin Zalneraitis, MD (aka “Dr. Z”) has been the program director of the UConn residency program since 1987. Connecticut Children’s partnered with UConn on the residency program upon opening our doors in 1996. We are proud to train residents from across the country, and even globally. Our program also has a partnership with Children’s Hospital of Iceland to train one pediatric resident each year.

Program Curriculum

Connecticut Children's residentsThe University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Program is designed to prepare residents to provide comprehensive, coordinated care to a wide range of pediatric patients. Educational experiences are intended to progressively build competencies and skills over a three-year period. All residents complete a required amount of rotations within ambulatory, inpatient and subspecialty care. A full 20 weeks are dedicated to individual curriculum via a “pathway” model to prepare for future career goals. Residents can select an established pathway or create their own.

Program Pathways

The pathway model allows residents to choose an educational experience that best matches their future career goals. The program includes several established pathways, but residents are welcome to create their own.

The Center for Global Health is an institution-wide program supporting the activities of faculty, residents and staff who are committed to sustainable capacity-building activities to improve the care of children in resource-limited setting.

A major focus of the CGH is to provide opportunities for residents to participate in these activities under the supervision of Connecticut Children’s faculty. Current pediatric resident opportunities include multi-week electives at St. Damiens Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the NICE Institute in Hyderabad, India and the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali in Kigali, Rwanda. All of these programs are examples of sustainable programs in which faculty and learners from Connecticut Children’s collaborate with partners in order to improve the health care capacity in resource-limited settings.

If you have any questions, please contact the pathway coordinator Adam Silverman.

The Advocacy pathway offers the pediatric resident the unique opportunity to develop knowledge and skill in the areas of advocacy, community health, and public policy. As an integral program of Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health, residents work closely with experts in the fields of population health, community research, policy formation and social innovation, all toward the promotion of children’s healthy development.

Learn more about our advocacy program >

The general pediatrics pathway prepares residents for academic and community practice. We have several established educational units to help residents prepare to enter primary care including advanced practice and population health rotations, rural medicine rotations and primary care research rotations.

The acute care pathway is designed to help residents interested in intensive care, hospitalist and emergency medicine prepare for fellowship and practice. A wide array of educational units are available to help residents prepare clinically and engage in research.

The subspecialty pathway is designed to help residents interested in all pediatric subspecialists. Educational units are offered in all departments for which fellowships are available on a national level. Educational units are focused on building clinical skills, engaging in research and academic development.

Research Opportunities

A wide variety of research opportunities are available to residents within the Department of Pediatrics and elsewhere in the community and affiliated institutions. Learn more about research opportunities >

Community Engagement

Connecticut Children's residentsOur program fulfills AGGME’s community health and child advocacy requirements in a unique way. Each resident partners with a community organization during their residency, resulting in authentic community partnerships. These include:

  • Global Child Health Partnership – Directed by Connecticut Children’s Melissa Held, MD, the program serves newly arrived refugee families in Hartford in partnership with Catholic Charities. Residents create care plans, transition patient care to primary care physicians and continuity clinics, and deliver mandated health curriculum to families.
  • Growing Gardens and Healthy Children – Our residents provide nutritional information to children and families by partnering with three YMCA preschools in East Hartford and the Family Life Education Center in Hartford.
  • Building Resilience Through Education – Our residents partner with Capitol Squash, an after-school program for low-income youth, in which middle- and high-school students are taught to play squash by Division I athletes at Trinity College and then receive homework help and college application assistance from our residents.

Learn more about our community engagement programs > 

Program Details

Application Process

Learn more and apply >

Living in Connecticut

Located in the state’s capitol city of Hartford, Connecticut Children’s is part of a dynamic metropolitan area that features a variety of amenities and attractions, including world-class dining options and a burgeoning entertainment scene. Learn more about living in Connecticut > 

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