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Children's National Hospital

Washington, DC

Beach Run

Aisha Barber, MD

Program Director

Lisa Foster

Program Coordinator

  • Large free-standing children’s hospital that is the referral center for the tri-state area and located in the heart of the nation's capital 

  • Ranked as #5 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report 2022-23 Best Children's Hospitals annual rankings, with #1 Level 4 NICU and Level 1 Trauma center 

  • 2022 Barbara Ross-Lee, DO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for our work to diversify the underrepresented physician workforce and create an inclusive workplace.

  • Class Size: 38-41 residents per class 

  • Six tracks (Categorical Pediatrics, LAUnCH (Leadership in Advocacy, Under-resourced Community and Health Equity), Primary Care, CN Research, Child Neurology, Pediatrics & Medical Genetics Combined Residency Program) and six pathways (Child Health Advocacy & Public Policy, Global Health, Hospital-based Careers, Intensive Research, Medical Education, Primary Care Careers)

  • Post-Residency Trajectory: 56% fellowship, 18% primary care, 26% Hospitalist/Urgent Care staff positions

  • CNH is located in the heart of the nation’s capital and serves an ethnically and racially diverse patient population. In fact, DC is a majority-minority city, (>50% of DC residents identify as Black/AA, 10% as Hispanic/ Latinx, and 10% as LGBTQ). Additionally, the DMV area is an incredible area to live and explore - between free events at museums and monuments, multiple sports teams and the city’s close proximity to the outdoors of Virginia and Maryland, there is something for everyone!

  • Schedule Structure: 4-weeks/block, 13 blocks/year 

  • Night float system on inpatient rotations to avoid “q3-4 call” 

  • Longitudinal research time (REACH program) offers a half day of dedicated research time during the second and third years of residency to optimize resident involvement in research 

  • Robust resident education in health equity integrated into inpatient and outpatient clinical rotations and community advocacy opportunities

  • Advancing Diversity in Academic Pediatrics Program: Expose senior UIM medical students from around the country to academic pediatrics 

  • Underrepresented in Medicine (UIM) Mentorship Lattice: Matches UIM residents and fellows with a diverse network of junior faculty mentors, and UIM junior faculty with a diverse network of senior mentors. 

  • Bias and Discrimination Data to Drive Change: incorporation of questions regarding bias into residents’ evaluations of each core clinical rotation 

  • Racial Justice in Residency: Program assessment for DEI in GME applied locally and being studied nationally 

  • Establishment of LGBTQIA+ Health Education curriculum for residents and dedicated medical student outreach/recruitment efforts

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