Residency Program

Residency Scholarship Tracks

At the University of Chicago Pediatric Residency Program we train pediatricians that are brilliant physicians and excellent leaders. It is our privilege as pediatricians to be able to serve as advocates and educators, scholars and scientists to better the welfare of children. However, traditional pediatric residency training may not fully prepare residents to be immediately effective in those roles after graduation. Thus it is typical for graduates who are interested in taking on leadership positions in diverse areas such as Health Policy, Medical Education, Health Economics, and Research, to seek further training after their residency.

At the University of Chicago we are excited to offer three ACGME approved Scholarship Tracks in Medical Education, Public Policy, and Health Economics in addition to the ABP approved Research tracks. Our unique Scholarship Tracks allow residents to complete traditional pediatric residency training while obtaining a masters degree in a specified area of scholarship over the course of four years. We recruit highly competitive candidates for these tracks which afford a unique opportunity to graduate from our residency armed with all of the clinical skills necessary to care for sick children, and additionally be equipped with the leadership and scholarship skills to immediately become an active, effective, and powerful voice in Pediatrics in the areas of Medical Education, Public Policy, and Health Economics

These specialized Scholarship Tracks were created in collaboration with exceptional masters degree programs at the University of Chicago (Associate of Masters of Public Policy from the Harris School and Masters of Science for Clinical Professionals from the Department of Health Studies) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (Masters of Health Professions Education) The University of Chicago Department of Pediatrics is committed to covering all tuition costs and all required reading and resource material. In addition to providing the traditional resident stipend during all four years of residency training.

Common Features of the Scholarship Tracks include:

  • Four year program
  • Completion of Master degree (MHPE, AM or MSCP)
  • Protected time for Master's coursework and scholarship
    • Traditional categorical intern year
    • 3-4 protected months (non-clinical) in each of 2nd and 3rd years for Master's coursework
    • 5-6 protected months (non-clinical) in 4th year for completion of coursework and Master's Thesis preparation
  • Available mentors to ensure successful scholarship
  • Full tuition coverage plus educational resources
  • Full resident salary for four years

These tracks have been approved by the ACGME and the ABP.

Please click on the links above for further descriptions of the individual tracks. If you are interested in any of the Scholarship Tracks, you must apply specifically in that track through ERAS.

If you have any questions regarding the tracks, please contact Dr. Alisa McQueen, Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at