Pediatric Residency

Program Information

Welcome to the University of Kentucky Pediatrics Residency Program. Kentucky Children’s Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky are committed to achieving excellence in patient care and medical education at both the graduate and postgraduate level. We have a superb training program designed to give a solid foundation in General Pediatrics and prepare residents for the next stage of their career including fellowship training, a career in private practice or academic medicine. We are a referral center for eastern and central Kentucky and care for patients with a wide spectrum of acute and chronic illness. We offer a richly varied patient population with an excellent blend of primary and tertiary care and a diverse and complete faculty representing general pediatrics and subspecialty interests with a strong commitment to resident education.

At UK, we also have three combined training programs:

  • Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 
  • Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry
  • Child Neurology

Certainly, one of the strengths of our program is the collegial interaction among residents in all training programs. Along with outstanding clinical experiences, our program offers weekly scheduled didactics, a board review series, Sim Lab, and mock code workshops. Residents also participate in quality improvement and scholarly activities, and have the opportunity to attend local and national academic meetings.

Finally, we strive for continuous enhancement of our educational programs and the experiences of our trainees. We encourage our residents and faculty to suggest changes that can improve the way that we care for patients and their families, and improve the way that we educate future physicians. Residents take ownership of their program by participating in the Residency Curriculum Committee, Graduate Medical Education Council, the Advocacy Committee (AdvoCats) and various interdisciplinary committees within the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Several of our residents also represent this program nationally as delegates to the annual AAP meeting.

Salary and Benefits
In addition to the salary and benefits available to all housestaff at the University of Kentucky, the Department of Pediatrics provides residents with additional educational support, including AAP membership, board review materials and textbooks. Additionally, residents are eligible for travel funds to attend academic meetings.  Specific salary and benefit information can be found at UK GME

Additional Opportunities
UK Pediatrics also offers unique programs directed at child advocacy and international health. Along with participating in community advocacy projects, each year our residents have the opportunity to advocate for children’s health care issues with our state legislators. The Child Advocacy Today (CAT) program provides legal counsel for our patients undergoing difficulty with housing, education services or family situations. Additionally, several of our residents and faculty travel to Ecuador and India each year to provide healthcare to the underserved children in these areas, and in 2013 we began offering a global health tract to selected, interested residents.