Pediatric Subspecialty Education

The pediatric residency program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh offers a broad experience in all pediatric subspecialties. Residents gain subspecialty and critical care experience throughout training, from inpatient subspecialty teams such as Nephrology and Pulmonology during intern year, to combined inpatient/outpatient experiences in Cardiology and other specialties in later years. Electives in inpatient or outpatient settings are available, which offer exposure to every pediatric subspecialty. Our 19 divisions are notable for their clinical and research excellence, and residents often work with outstanding faculty on scholarly projects outside individual rotations. Fellowship programs are active in virtually every subspecialty, offering residents the opportunity to explore a multitude of future career possibilities. Elective time after intern year can be spent in any number of subspecialty settings, providing a valuable exposure to work as a consultant. Our subspecialty attendings are invested in resident education and play key leadership roles in the pediatric education program. Many of our graduating residents pursue subspecialty training at top pediatric institutions. Residents interested in fellowship training can choose to participate in our Subspecialty Pathway to enhance their own career planning and development.

The Subspecialty Pathway

The mission of the Subspecialty Pathway at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is to prepare pediatric residents interested in pediatric subspecialties for choosing a subspecialty, through career planning, clinical preparation, and fostering and development of research interests.


As part of the general Pathways curriculum, residents involved in the Subspecialty Pathway will meet monthly for educational and mentoring activities to help them explore career choices, identify a specific subspecialty, and successfully obtain a fellowship position. As part of the training curriculum, residents will design a six-month individualized pathway with core inpatient and outpatient rotations designed to help them choose or prepare them for a fellowship in a pediatric subspecialty. Core rotations will include those carefully selected by lead faculty in respective subspecialties, but often reach across subspecialty disciplines.

The goals of the pathway will be to glean knowledge in pertinent pediatric disciplines and foster a successful career in the pediatric subspecialty of choice, appreciate the value of a consultant experience, and become exposed to clinical and research opportunities. Areas of focus may include research, a continuity clinic within a subspecialty of interest, medical education, and/or advocacy and health policy. Mentoring will occur in a group setting on a monthly basis. Noon didactics will include common subspecialty care topics not otherwise covered during residency.