Care of the Underserved: PALS Residency Program

Pediatric Advocacy Leadership Service

Pediatric Advocacy-Leadership-Service

PALS is a Primary Care Track Focused on Service to the Underserved in Urban and Rural Communities 

The PALS program mission is to train pediatric primary care physicians as champions for children, particularly those who are underserved in rural and urban communities. We believe that being an outstanding primary care pediatrician includes not only medical expertise, but addressing cultural humility, social determinants of health, and health literacy. Our training seeks to build pediatricians with skills for effective advocacy and leadership so that they may care for children both individually and on a community level.  

The PALS program is housed in the long-standing and highly successful Children's Community Oriented Residency Program (CORE) that promotes child, family, and community advocacy in the context of pediatric training and practice.

The PALS program is designed for residents who want to have an impact in addressing the needs of children and families who are underserved.

How to Apply

Apply to the PALS Residents Program

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Jennifer Elaine Wolford, DO, MPH, PALS Residency Program Director at

Applications for PALS must be received through ERAS to the Primary Care Track: (PALS).

What our PALS Residents are saying:

“During my residency interview process, what set PALS apart from other advocacy and community health tracks was the opportunity to practice pediatrics in different settings. This provides residents with exposure to diverse health systems and patient populations. Between my weekly clinic at Turtle Creek, and my rotations in Kittanning and Coudersport, I have been able to experience pediatrics in both urban and rural settings. I have a better understanding of pediatric practice all along this spectrum. Being able to work with community pediatricians in different counties of PA has provided many examples of different ways pediatricians can serve as child advocates.” – Jillian Mador, MD