Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

Life as a Pediatric Resident

One of the great things about a Pediatric Residency at Northwestern University and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is living in a world-class city. The possibilities for leisure time in Chicago are endless. Our hospital's Streeterville neighborhood location is just steps from the Magnificent Mile shopping district, wonderful restaurants and theaters, and Lake Michigan. The Lurie Children's Visitor Guide provides many useful links, from travel information to neighborhood amenities. Also, in this video, residents describe some of their favorite parts about living and working in Chicago.

Socializing Outside the Hospital

Our pediatric residents are a social group and have numerous planned (and unplanned) activities when not working. Residents frequently get together to watch their favorite primetime TV shows, sample new cuisine, attend Chicago sporting events, or play card games (often with faculty). During the summer, our senior residents host weekly Friday night barbeques for the new residents and their families. These events let residents get to know the house staff and the city of Chicago in a fun, stress-free environment.

Throughout the rest of the year, our resident social committee organizes several fun and unique events for residents and their families. Past events have included:

In addition, many of our residents play on intramural sports teams, such as soccer, volleyball, and kickball, through the Chicago Sport and Social Club.

Winter Events

Winters can be long in Chicago, but residents can stay warm throughout the colder months with the help of an active social life. Every December, the program hosts its annual Resident Holiday Party, which is the most anticipated night of the year. Attending physicians cover the hospital for the evening and all residents are free to enjoy a night of dinner and dancing with their colleagues and friends. During Residency interview season, which runs November through January, the program hosts a Happy Hour on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, to allow current residents and applicants to mingle in an informal fashion over food and drink. The intern class also shares an enjoyable annual retreat in the winter. It is a great chance to take a break and get better acquainted with new colleagues and friends away from patient care responsibilities.

Overall, the residency program's "Work Hard, Play Hard" philosophy characterizes the entire experience at Northwestern University and Lurie Children's. For more information on Resident Life, feel free to contact our Chief Residents.

Fall Gathering

Resident social activities continue in the fall and winter

Intern Class

Members of the intern class get acquainted at Navy Pier

Holiday Party

Residents live it up in style at the annual holiday party