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Pathway Director

Stacy Ellen, M.D. Office #
sbe25@drexel.edu (215) 427-4806
Rhea Kramer rbk36@drexel.edu

Drexel Fourth Year Discipline Based Pathway System

Pathway Director's Advice On Commonly Asked Questions

How important is it for a student to have completed some type of research to match in this specialty? When should the research be done? Does it have to be specialty specific?

Having completed a research project can be helpful when applying to pediatric residency programs, but it is not essential. It definitely can strengthen an application, especially when applying to highly competitive residency programs in Pediatrics. Research does not have to be basic science research. It can be clinical, public health, or other types. However, you should only pursue a research opportunity if you are truly interested in research or is you intend to apply to highly competitive residency programs. Avoid doing research just to add something to your CV. Involvement in other health care-related experiences besides research can be just as valuable to an application in pediatrics.

Research can be done anytime. Summer after first year of medical school is a common time. Some students will even take a year off after second or third year of medical school to engage in a research project. It does not have to be specialty specific, but it is preferred.

Are research opportunities available in your department?

Yes. Email the pathway advisor who will try to connect students with a faculty member engaged in research.

Are shadowing opportunities available?

Yes. Shadowing opportunities at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children can be arranged through the Pediatrics Interest Group. Any student who wishes to shadow at St. Chris must go through Ms. Rhea Kramer, the medical student program cordinator for Pediatics (Rhea.Kramer@drexelmed.edu) and provide documentation of immunization, PPD, etc.

Are away rotations essential to a successful match in your specialty?

No. Away rotations can be helpful in certain circumstances, but they are not essential. Away rotations should be considered if applying to highly competitive programs, if clerkship grades are not truly reflective of clinical performance (i.e., clinical performance is strong but low shelf exam scores hurt final grades), or if a particular program or city is a high priority. Since decisions about away rotations are highly individualized, students should discuss this topic with the pathway director.

What career opportunities exist after training?

There are a number of different directions one can take after training. Career opportunities exist in general pediatrics as well as in a variety of subspecialty fields. Following 3 years of pediatric residency, pediatricians can directly enter the workd force, or they can pursure fellowship training in one of many subspecialties. Practice settings range from academic medical centers to community-based practices. Clinical settings in which one can practice rance from "inpatient only" to "outpatient only" to a mix of both inpatient and outpatient. An academic career provides opportunities for teaching and research, in addition to clinical care. Additional career opportunities include public health, international health, and health care administration.

How would you describe the career-life balance for this specialty?

I would place it on the more "balanced" end of the spectrum compared to many other specialties. Of course, it is up to the individual physician to actively seek out balance.

What resources (eg: websites, books, professional groups) would you recommend for students interested in learning more about this field?

Medical student section of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website may be helpful.

The AAP has a free publication (Becoming a Pediatrician) that can be found on the website. Medical students can join the AAP for free.

A list of pediatric subspecialties can be found on the American Board of Pediatrics website.

Go to the Drexel Careers Development Center for information on residency planning, match results, FREIDA (lists of residency training programs across the country) and more.

Drexel and Clinical Site Residency Programs

Drexel Medical Student Interest Group

Pediatrics Interest Group: pedsinterestgroup@gmail.com

Specialty Description

A pediatrician is concerned with the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth to young adulthood. Care encompasses a broad spectrum of health services ranging from preventive health care to the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases. The pediatrician deals with biological, social, and environmental influences on the developing child, and with the impact of disease and dysfunction on development. (Source: The American Board of Medical Specialties. Guide to Physician Specialties. Evanston, IL: American Board of Medical Specialties; February 2008.)

Time Requirement

Following graduation from medical school, pediatricians complete 3 years of education in a pediatric residency program. The 3-year residency includes mandated rotations in general pediatrics, normal newborn care, and time in selected subspecialty areas. Up to 3 additional years of training are required to be certified in a subspecialty.

National Organizations

The national specialty organizations can provide medical students with excellent resources as well as updates on current activities within the field, conferences, and on-going research opportunities and research funding.


  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Child Abuse
  • Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Medical Toxicology
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine
  • Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
  • Sleep Medicine

Residency Application and Match Info*

  National Statistic DUCoM
Average Application Count by Specialty (2017)** 31.8 24.5
Mean Number of programs ranked in matched specialty (2014-2016)*** 10.9 13.4
Application Services ERAS  
Matching Program

Drexel Match Data --2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018

*The number of applications and programs ranked will vary based on many factors. Students should seek advice from their Pathway Advisor and/or their Student Affairs Career Advisor in conjunction with the data above.
**Data drawn from ERAS data
*** Data drawn from NRMP Characterstics of Matched Seniors

AAMC - Careers in Medicine

General Information:Careers in Medicine
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Specialty Specific Opportunities

For external research, volunteering, educational, and other opportunities check the Career Development Center's pages on Research and Community, Educational, and Externship Opportunities. Most of these opportunities are summer programs however some are available throughout the year.