Categorical Pediatrics

The Categorical Pediatrics Program is a three year program that teaches trainees by providing a broad-based exposure through an optimal balance between general pediatrics, critical care and the pediatric subspecialties. We are committed to integrating service and education by offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences, multiple interfaces between research and clinical care, diverse opportunities for child advocacy. Our program has 27 positions each year.


  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is ranked in all 10 specialties by the US News and World Report in 2020
  • Outstanding clinical training at primary hospital, affiliated hospitals and clinics
  • Diverse patient population and commitment to serve underserved populations
  • Track record of resident success in fellowships, academic positions, and primary care
  • Preeminent Faculty recognized as leaders in clinical care, research, and teaching
  • Phenomenal mentorship with national leaders in medical education
  • Supportive and inclusive program that values diversity and encourages residents to pursue individual career goals
  • Easy access to Stanford School of Medicine and to Stanford University
  • Bay Area Life with abundant opportunities to spend time outdoors

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Residents attending the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) conference.  

What drew me to Stanford Pediatrics was its reputation as a leader in the effort to improve graduate medical education, as well as its exciting opportunities in Global Health. I chose Stanford after realizing it was also a premier clinical training program that actually “walks the walk” regarding physician wellbeing. -Dylan E. O’Connor, MD