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MIHS image 0 PediatricsOur pediatric residency is a comprehensive, fully accredited, three year program, combining experiences at a major multi-specialty children's hospital (Phoenix Children's Hospital) and a large public medical center (Maricopa Medical Center). These hospitals serve the city of Phoenix and the surrounding metropolitan area with a population currently hovering at approximately 3 million people (and constantly growing!). Children are also transferred to our hospitals from all over Arizona. This patient referral base provides our residents with an abundance of clinical experiences. Representing all areas of general and subspecialty pediatrics, the faculty is highly trained, committed, and very accessible to the housestaff. There is a strong emphasis on teaching among both faculty and residents with good camaraderie and a pervasive team spirit throughout the program. We match 21 pediatric residents each year. 

You are encouraged to come to Phoenix and receive a personal tour of our facilities. Residents at all levels of training and faculty are available to share information about our training program. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. We are confident that the residents who graduate from our program are well prepared to embark on careers in any facet of pediatrics. The program offers a generous compensation and benefits package. 

Residency Program Philosophy

MIHS image 2 PediatricsOur primary mission is to provide excellent training for pediatric residents while offering high-quality medical care to all children. We are responsive to changes in the delivery of health care and strive to prepare our residents for successful careers as general pediatricians or for further subspecialty training. Our program believes that the faculty should be very accessible to the residents; there is a high degree of resident/faculty interaction on a daily basis. Residents are heavily involved in the administration of our program with representation at the weekly Residency Graduate Medical Education Committee Meeting, the Curriculum Committee, as well as other administrative committees. The Board of Directors consists of the Program Director and the Associate Program Directors of each of the two hospitals that participate in the residency program. 


Phoenix Children's Hospital

  • A 299-bed free-standing multi-specialty hospital with a full array of specialists in the field of pediatrics
  • A fully equipped Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • A fully equipped Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • A 24 hour freestanding Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Pediatric cardiovascular surgery and cardiac catheterization
  • Renal transplantation
  • The Children's Cancer Center
  • The Cystic Fibrosis Center
  • The Pediatric Specialty Care Center
  • The Bill Holt Pediatric HIV Clinic
  • Emily Anderson Learning Center
  • University of Arizona affiliation

Maricopa Medical Center

  • A 550-bed major public teaching hospital and primary/tertiary care center
  • Over 240 residents in 8 accredited residency programs
  • 10 ambulatory care centers
  • A Children's Comprehensive Health Center adjacent to Maricopa Medical Center
  • A 24 hour freestanding Pediatric Emergency Department
  • A level I, II and III Nursery
  • A 40-bed Pediatric Inpatient Unit
  • A 12-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • A 40-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • A Level I Trauma Center
  • A Regional Burn Unit for adults and children
  • University of Arizona affiliation
  • Mayo Graduate School of Medicine affiliation


The goal of our training program is to prepare pediatricians to deliver the highest quality health care to children today and for the future. To accomplish this, our educational curriculum is broad based, providing excellent training in general pediatrics and a thorough exposure to subspecialty areas. Special emphasis is given to the cultural and developmental aspects of pediatric care, health care supervision and community medicine. 



4 months inpatient wards 
2 months neonatal intensive care 
1 month newborn nursery 
2 months outpatient clinic 
1 month pediatric emergency medicine 
1 month developmental and behavioral pediatrics 
1 month elective subspecialty rotation
3 weeks vacation 


1 month inpatient ward subspecialty 
2 months inpatient supervisor 
2 months pediatric intensive care 
1 month outpatient clinic
1 month community pediatrics
1 month newborn nursery supervisor
1 month pediatric emergency medicine 
1 month adolescent medicine 
2 months elective subspecialty rotations (call free)


1 month inpatient wards supervisor 
2 months inpatient night float 
1 month pediatric intensive care 
1 month neonatal intensive care 
1 month outpatient clinic 
2 months pediatric emergency medicine 
1 month behavior and development 
3 months elective subspecialty rotations ( 2 months call free)

Our program is well equipped to meet the challenges of medicine in the 21st century. We strongly support the national emphasis on outpatient and primary care medicine. The residents spend 9 months during residency in the General Pediatric Outpatient Clinics or in the Emergency Department. In addition, residents have 6 months of electives where they are free to choose among a myriad of opportunities including rural practices, Indian Health Service Electives, subspecialty rotation electives, ambulatory electives or electives designed specifically by the resident to meet his/her individual needs. Other clinical specialty rotations include Adolescent Medicine, Behavior and Development, Community Pediatrics, and Pediatric Subspecialties. MIHS image 4 Pediatrics

Our program offers senior residents two continuity clinics per week. This is an extremely popular aspect of our program among the residents! One of their continuity clinics is on the hospital campus while the other is usually in a community setting. We offer the continuity experience in the community to provide our residents with training in a setting in which they are likely to practice. However, if a resident has a special interest (e.g. Native American health, adolescents, school health, subspecialty training, etc.) every effort is made to provide him/her with a second clinic in their area of interest. 


Grand Rounds are held weekly and are conducted by both our faculty and visiting professors. Jointly sponsored with the University of Arizona, the Visiting Professor Program exposes our residents to nationally renowned pediatric educators. Morbidity and Mortality Conferences are also held each month at both hospitals. 

Core curriculum conferences are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of each week for pediatric housestaff and are designed to cover an expansive range of topics in both general and subspecialty areas. Our faculty present these conferences. A resident directed conference, Morning Report, is also held weekly at each hospital. This conference is given by the Chief Residents and has always been popular. Our Emergency Department and Pediatric Intensive Care faculty have instituted "mock codes" for the pediatric residents at both hospitals. These mock codes, using mannequins, are run exactly like actual codes and give the residents "hands on" practice with stressful situations. Our pediatric surgical faculty hold regularly scheduled conferences with the pediatric residents on a variety of topics of interest to the general pediatrician. We have a monthly EBM conference which utilizes an evidence-based approach to evaluation of clinically relevant literature. There is a monthly research and advocacy conference and a practice management series of conferences. 

There are no shortages of learning opportunities in our residency program! 

Application Process

All applications for our residency program must be sent through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  

To apply: Simply contact your medical school's Dean's office and they will send you a diskette. We require copies of your USMLE scores to be sent to us through ERAS directly from the National Board of Medical Examiners. 

MIHS will accept J-1 visas for qualified residents accepted into an MIHS program, but MIHS does not sponsor residents on J-1 visas. MIHS does not accept or sponsor any other visas for its GME program residents. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Application Guidelines

Please include the following when submitting your application through ERAS to Maricopa Medical Center:

  • Applications will only be accepted through ERAS
  • (A photograph is helpful, but not mandatory)
  • Curriculum vitae and personal statement
  • Copy of USMLE or NBOME results
  • Applications will not be considered unless we have a copy of your Board scores.
  • We require a minimum of three (3) letters of reference.
  • Medical school transcripts and diploma
  • It is not necessary to send photocopies of licenses, awards, certificates, membership cards, etc. List vital credentials in your CV.
  • Copy of ECFMG certificate, if applicable


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