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Residency and Training Programs

Pediatric Residency Program

The University of California, Irvine/Children’s Hospital of Orange County (UCI-CHOC) pediatric residency program is a fully accredited, university-based program with access to two free-standing children’s hospitals. We believe in providing residents with a top-notch, broad-based educational experience in a collegial environment. Our program philosophy and personality have earned us our reputation as a residency-friendly program. We offer aspiring physicians a unique and exciting training opportunity. Learn more about the pediatric residency programs available.

Child Neurology Residency Program

CHOC provides three years of pediatric neurology training for UCI’s Child  Neurology Residency Program, allowing residents to rotate through multiple inpatient and outpatient settings. Learn more about the UCI Child Neurology Residency Program.

Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

The University of California Irvine/CHOC Children’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program is a three year ACGME-accredited program encompassing a clinical year followed by two years of basic, translational and clinical research. Learn more about our hematology/oncology fellowship program.

RN Residency and Fellowship Program

Our RN Residency Program is a 17 week program which is held 3 times a year and is specifically customized to meet the requirements of the new nursing graduate to be successfully transitioned into a professional pediatric nurse. Our RN Fellowship Program is a 10 week program designed for the experienced nurse who wants to be trained in pediatrics. Learn more about our RN Residency Program.

Registered Dietitian (RD) Pediatric Residency Program

Our RD Residency Program is a 16 week program with start dates in April and August that is specifically customized to meet the requirements of the new graduate or the RD changing areas of specialty to be successfully transitioned to becoming a professional pediatric dietitian. Learn More about our RN Residency and Fellowship Programs.

Pharmacy Practice Residency Program

The CHOC Children’s Department of Pharmacy Services is proud to offer a one-year Pharmacy Practice Residency in Pediatrics. This program is designed to provide candidates with a solid foundation in pharmacy practice, direct patient care, drug information and policy development and practice management skills in a pediatric setting. Learn more about our pharmacy practice residency program.

RCP Residency Program

The RCP Pediatric Training Program at CHOC Children’s provides a comprehensive orientation for Respiratory Therapists with a desire to work in the challenging field of pediatric respiratory care. Using both didactic and clinical settings, the RCP will develop skills to independently perform in the medical/surgical units, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

CHOC Children’s is pleased to offer up to 4 one-year, full time, postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Pediatric Psychology. The postdoctoral fellowships are a part of the Psychology Training Program that includes an APA accredited internship. Learn more about our pediatric psychology postdoctoral fellowship program.

Pediatric Psychology Predoctoral Internship

CHOC Children’s is pleased to offer a one-year, full time, pre-doctoral internship in pediatric psychology. The internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The internship at CHOC Children’s focuses on training advanced level doctoral students in pediatric psychology to work effectively within medical settings with medically fragile children and their families, as well as offering continued training with more traditional child outpatient presenting problems. Learn more about our pediatric psychology predoctoral internship.

Child Life Internship and Practicum

Our child life internship is a 15-week, 600-hour full-time program in which candidates are given an opportunity to put classroom theories into practice. Interns are exposed to multiple units of the hospital throughout their experience. We also offer a Child Life practicum. Learn more about our child life internship and practicum programs.

Rehabilitation Internship

The CHOC Children’s Rehabilitation Services Department accepts student internships. Each potential intern undergoes a vigorous interview prior to acceptance. In addition, a contract must also be devised between the university and CHOC Children’s prior to the initiation of the internship. Please contact the Rehabilitation Services front desk for more information at (714) 509-4220.

What does it mean to be a teaching hospital?

CHOC Children’s is a training hospital for health care providers who are receiving additional education. In addition to CHOC physicians and nurses, your child’s care team might include medical students, residents or fellows. Residents are students who have completed medical school and obtained their MD degree, and they are training in a three-year program to obtain expertise in a field of medicine, such as pediatrics. Fellows have completed residency and are training in a subspecialty area, such as pediatric hematology/oncology. Our students, residents and fellows have learned the very latest medical practices in the classroom and are bringing these advancements to the bedside.

Students, residents and fellows may participate in a child’s care but are not the primary caregivers. They are closely supervised by physicians with more experience, so you never have to worry about receiving less than capable care. These supervising physicians are not only excellent doctors, but also talented teachers. Although the number of people involved in your child’s care may seem like a lot, rest assured that the team is working closely together to make the best decisions about the care of your child.

Our designation as a teaching hospital allows us to train the physicians and nurses of the future while providing expert care to our patients today.

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