Pediatric Residency Program

Our Mission

The Pediatrics Residency Program at the University of Connecticut is a three-year program, accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, leading to certification in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. Our mission is to train well rounded physicians who will improve the health of children and adolescents though clinical excellence, research, teaching, community involvement and advocacy.

Program at a Glance

  • 20 residents per year
  • 200 faculty members
  • Free-standing children’s hospital
  • Resident focused training
  • Individualized curriculum with well developed pathways
  • Extensive support for scholarly involvement
  • Strong community involvement and advocacy
  • Collaborative hospital community

Our History

Our resident program was started in 1969.

Our current program director, Dr. Edwin Zalneiritis (aka “Dr. Z”) has been program director since 1987! The University of Connecticut has trained 758 pediatricians who in turn have cared for over 2 million children. Our graduates are prominent members of our local and national communities (including our current department chairman). While many of our residents are from the New England area, we are proud to train residents from all over the United States. Our residency program also has a partnership with Children’s Hospital of Iceland to train one pediatric resident each year.

Our program is guided by recommendations from the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) and the Pediatric Education Committee (PEC). RAC is an open forum for discussion of topics of concern to residents held one to two times per month. PEC is made up of residents, core faculty and led by the associate program directors. Proposals are presented by residents and/or faculty and this group makes recommendations for approval by the program director. Through these groups, as well as close personal interaction at all levels, the program continues to grow and change to meet the needs of residents.