Pediatric Residency Program

Join us for an information session via Zoom

Monday, July 27th 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Thursday, August 20th 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday, September 16th 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, October 6th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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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. The program has received full accreditation without citations for 27years. 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 dedicated teaching faculty representing every medical and surgical specialty
  • Free-standing children’s hospital with Level 1 Trauma, Level 4 NICU and ECMO
  • Resident-focused training
  • Individualized curriculum with well-developed pathways and the ability to create tailored experiences
  • Refugee and global health opportunities
  • Extensive support for scholarly/research involvement
  • Strong community involvement and advocacy
  • Resident committees for wellness and diversity and inclusion
  • Collaborative hospital community and supportive hospital administration
  • Located in Central Connecticut where you can enjoy vibrant theater and arts, diverse ethnic cuisine, UConn Husky Basketball, affordable sporting events, outdoor music venues and experience life in a nationally ranked Best City to Live (West Hartford)
  • Enjoy four seasons in Southern New England, a short drive to ski/snowboard mountains, ocean beaches, Appalachian trail hiking, New York City and Boston
  • Board pass rate 93%

Our History

Our residency program began in 1969.

Our current program director, Dr. Edwin Zalneraitis (aka “Dr. Z”) has been Program Director since 1987! The University of Connecticut has trained 778 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). 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.

We Value Our Residents

Our program is guided by recommendations from the Pediatric Education Committee (PEC). 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. Residents also have an opportunity to share concerns and recommendation at a business meeting with the chief residents held every block. We greatly value the input of our residents. 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.

Please also visit Connecticut Children's for additional information about our program.