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Pediatrics offers an exciting career combining the intellectual challenges of medicine with the unpredictability and humor intrinsic to children. The career possibilities in pediatrics can be as diverse as those of medicine in general. For example:

The preventive health aspects of general or primary care pediatrics are attractive to some, while for others the interventional nature of pediatric cardiology, gastroenterology, emergency medicine or critical care medicine is what draws them to the medical care of children. Whatever the aspired goals (and most who enter the specialty do not have a clear-cut idea of what they plan to do after a residency) a program that provides a solid background in general pediatrics and exposure to the sub-specialties should be sought. Most pediatric training programs in the United States begin interviewing intern applicants in November and continue through January.

School Required Sub-I Category:  

Pediatrics sub-I

Highly Recommended (select two):

Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Infectious Disease


Pediatric Hematology
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatric Dermatology
Pediatric Radiology
Child Psychiatry or Developmental Pediatrics

Adolescent Medicine

To learn more about Penn's Department of Pediatrics visit their website at or email Dr. Lisa Zaoutis at

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