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

Residency program

  • 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
  • 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
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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

Residency programThe 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.

If you have any questions please contact the pathway coordinator Patricia Garcia.

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

Residency Program community involvementOur 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 >

If you are joining us for an interview, you will receive a list of area hotels. The hotels below partner with us to offer discounted rates.

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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