Because the field of pediatric medicine is far-reaching, we believe it is important to provide our residents with ample opportunity for career exploration through elective time.

We are one of the few programs in the country able to offer five electives in the first two years of training. This enables our residents to make informed decisions about career choice prior to fellowship application deadlines.

Our residents typically have two months of elective as R1s, three months of elective as R2s and four months of elective as R3s. Some residents use this time to investigate areas of clinical subspecialty. Others choose to focus intensively on specific research or an advocacy project.

There are a wide variety of electives to meet residency training requirements, including Allergy/Immunology, Anesthesia, Cardiology, Child Psychiatry, Craniofacial Medicine, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Neurology, Otolaryngology, Pulmonology, Radiology, Rheumatology, Sports Medicine/Orthopedics, Subspecialty Clinics and Surgery.

We also offer special electives which help residents tailor their training to their career goals, including Advocacy, Associate Chief Resident, Bioethics, Cardiac ICU, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Continuous Process Improvement (CPI), Pain Medicine, Pathology and Wilderness Medicine.

Research electives are a way to continue research begun as a medical student or graduate student or to experience research and possibly identify research paths for future fellowship training. Many residents choose to continue their work after their month-long elective is complete, frequently leading to additional research or projects with their faculty advisor. Residents who choose to do research often present their findings at national conferences.

For more about research at Children's and the University of Washington, visit the following websites:

Away electives can be done during call-free electives. Recent residents have used this time to do international rotations in Botswana, Malawi, Kenya, Liberia, and Ecuador. Other residents have worked in Indian Health Service sites in Chinle, Arizona, and rural Alaska.