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Program Type:  Military Medical Center

Location:  San Diego, California

Accredited:  Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Program Length:   3 years

Required Pre-Requisite Training:  Graduation from Medical School

Categorical Year in Specialty Required:  Yes

Total Approved Complement:  24

Approved per Year (if applicable):  8

Dedicated research year offered:  No

Medical Student Rotation availability:  Yes

  • MS3s:  Only USUHS students requesting clerkship rotations
  • MS4s:  USUHS and HPSP/HSCP students requesting sub-internship and audition rotations

Additional degree concurrent with training (e.g. MPH):  No

Program Phone Number:  619-532-6474

Program Email:

Program Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.

Program Description

The Pediatric Residency Program at Naval Medical Center San Diego is one of three Navy pediatric training programs in the nation. As an all-Navy command, we educate and graduate the largest number of Navy pediatricians among these training programs. The NMCSD Pediatric Residency is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to train eight residents per class. Historically, the program boasts a first-time board pass rate of greater than 95%. In addition to time training locally at NMCSD, residents also spend time with our affiliated training programs, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, Children’s Hospital Orange County, Kaiser Permanente San Diego, and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

PGY-1 residents rotate through a variety of clinical spaces including one month of Newborn Nursery, one month in Adolescent Clinic, two months in the General Pediatrics Teaching Clinic, four months of Inpatient Pediatrics at both RCHSD and NMCSD, and two months in the NMCSD Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Given our unique training needs in the military, interns will also spend time rotating in the Emergency Department and with psychiatry, sports medicine, and GYN in preparation for possible operational medicine assignment.

In the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years, residents will rotate in the PICU at CHOC and RCHSD as well as NMCSD, the Emergency Department at RCHSD, the NICU at Kaiser Permanente and Scripps Memorial, and have access to a wide range of elective rotations. Pediatric subspecialty services at NMCSD include Adolescent Medicine, Cardiology, Child Abuse, Developmental, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Neurology, and Pulmonology. Additionally, senior residents will have opportunities for experience in Community Pediatrics and Pediatric Advocacy.

NMCSD also has multiple pediatric support services including Pediatric Radiologists, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pediatric Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons, Pediatric ENT, Pediatric Urology, Neurosurgery, and Pediatric Ophthalmology.

Located at the southern end of Balboa Park in San Diego, NMCSD is just minutes from Naval Base San Diego, one of the largest naval facilities in the world. With over 1.4 million people, San Diego is the 8th largest city in the United States and the largest city with a Navy Pediatric Residency Program. Please contact us to learn more about the top-tier educational opportunities that are waiting for you in “America’s Finest City!”

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Contact Us

Pediatric Residency Program

Location: Pediatrics Clinic, Building 2, Ground Floor (across from Subway)

Hours of Operation:

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 619-532-6474

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