Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Residency Program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children! We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training master clinicians and promoting academic success. 

Pediatric residents learn primarily through supervised patient care in our urban, academic tertiary care center in both the outpatient setting and on inpatient units throughout the hospital's many sections. 

A unique strength of our program is our attention to developing skills in education. In addition to regular resident conferences, we provide a longitudinal seminar series to introduce educational and leadership topics to the developing professional, poising our graduates for success in both academic and community settings. Residents employ the skills learned in these conferences and seminars as they work closely with students from Drexel University College of Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, and others.

The "heart" of the St. Chris residency is advocacy. Working closely with community and national organizations, themes of advocacy are threaded throughout each of the hospital settings. Interns participate in a month-long advocacy rotation that takes them all around Philadelphia, immersing them in the patient experience and opening their eyes to their community partners outside of the hospital walls.

We believe that scholarship is the dissemination of information and best practices, and support our residents in developing experiences not only in traditional bench or clinical research, but also in educational, quality improvement, or advocacy-related projects during their time with us.

Building on a carefully designed curriculum in general pediatrics, second-year residents select from one of three "pathways" which allow for a personalized and focused approach to the completion of their residency experience. The Primary Care Pathway is designed to address the needs of residents planning to enter a career in outpatient general pediatrics. The Inpatient Pathway provides experiences in inpatient medicine for those pursuing hospital-based careers, such as hospital medicine, critical care, emergency medicine, or neonatology. The Consultative Pathway serves the needs of residents who foresee a career that will have both outpatient and inpatient components (for example, those pursuing a subspecialty fellowship), as well as residents who remain undecided on a career path.

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Application Requirements for 2023 Match

Each year, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children receives thousands of applications to its Pediatric Residency Program, from which about 400 are chosen to interview. From this group, St. Christopher's picks 24 categorical PL-1 residents, who anticipate remaining for three years and two 2-year positions in our Child Neurology residency program, both through the National Resident Matching Program. 

Our criteria for resident selection include traditional measures of academic excellence, as well as evidence of leadership, dedication to advocacy, and enthusiasm for life-long learning. Please note the following requirements for consideration of your application:

  • Completed ERAS application
  • Reports for USMLE Step 1 and/or COMLEX Level 1
  • Three letters of recommendation (chairman's letter not required)
  • International Medical Graduates: J1 Visa 

For more information about becoming a resident at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, please contact the Pediatric Residency Office at or 215-427-3768/5127.

Applications will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We are listed as "Tower Health/St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children," using code 3204112209.

All 2022-2023 interviews will be performed virtually to support the health and well-being of our applicants, faculty, residents, and staff.

All visiting student rotations must be coordinated through Drexel University College of Medicine using the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Please contact our medical student coordinator at 215-427-4806 for more information.