Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

About the Residency Program

Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine’s residency program is consistently one of the most sought after in the country. Affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children’s), residents work in one of the major pediatric teaching hospitals in the United States. In 2015, the program received 1631 applicants — more than 50 percent of all U.S. applications to pediatric residency programs nationwide. In 2016, 56 percent of the graduating residents chose to pursue additional training within a pediatric fellowship and were accepted at high-ranking programs throughout the country, while the others chose careers in Primary Care or Hospital-Based Medicine.

Nearly 200 housestaff physicians are trained at Lurie Children’s annually; almost half (96 in 2016) are pediatric residents. These residents are part of a team that emphasizes quality teaching and learning, from pediatric subspecialty fellows to the more than 200 medical students who gain pediatric experience by rotating through our institutions.

Resident Video

See more about the program from the residents' perspective in this video.

Resident Experiences

Project DOCC

First-year residents learn from parent-teachers as part of Project DOCC

Family Conference

Residents regularly provide sensitive care to patient families.


Residents have an opportunity to care for children in a Tanzanian hospital on a third-year elective.