Pediatrics Residency

The pediatric residency program at IU School of Medicine is one of the largest and highest-rated residency programs in the United States. Each year, the program accepts 25 categorical pediatrics residents.

IU School of Medicine’s Pediatrics Residency Program has been training Indiana’s pediatricians since 1928. The program’s pass rate for American Board of Pediatrics board exams are consistently well above the national average, and graduates advance to careers as primary care pediatricians, hospitalists, subspecialists, researchers, community/public health providers, and other leadership positions. This program consistently produces outstanding clinicians and health care leaders in the community in which they work.

Clinical Training Facilities

Pediatric residents learn all aspects of pediatrics–from primary care to specialty care–and benefit from a balanced clinical experience tailored to their individual interests. Clinical service is based primarily at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in downtown Indianapolis with additional service at IU Health Methodist Hospital. These two hospitals, connected by monorail, treat a variety of patients from diverse ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures. Faculty and residents in this program also treat patients at IU Health North Hospital in suburban Carmel and Eskenazi Health, the county hospital, located on the downtown campus. Residents gain important exposure through select rotations (1-2 months) at community hospitals as well.

Accomplished Teaching Faculty

The department’s teaching faculty consistently rank in the top one percent of their specialties nationwide, and the program’s primary clinical site, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, is considered one of the premiere children’s hospitals in the United States.

“We believe in family-centered care, advocacy for our patients and families, exceptional patient care and innovation. We care about our residents and are dedicated to giving you the best training possible for your future success.”

D. Wade Clapp, MD, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics


A comprehensive curriculum for the Pediatrics Residency includes community pediatrics, subspecialty care, critical care and ambulatory care as well as opportunities to pursue medical research and experiences in global health and community health. Residents see the entire spectrum of pediatric care, disease processes and patient populations, and training covers everything from common health and wellness checkups to working with the most medically complex cases and rare diseases.

Residency Curriculum

Application Process

Residency applications are submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service. Applications for the pediatrics program are reviewed beginning in late September with interviews taking place October through January. Every effort is made to accommodate special requests related to travel, couples match and other needs. Prospective residents enjoy an evening out with current residents the night before their interview at IU School of Medicine and stay in vibrant downtown Indianapolis—just minutes from campus. Along with the faculty interview, applicants meet current pediatrics residents and tour the hospital and campus. The interview day usually ends by 2:30 pm.