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Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Program

The Pediatric Residency Program is composed of a dedicated and renowned faculty that embraces education based on a family-centered approach to care. Our state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated teaching faculty help our residents gain strong patient-family-physician relations to provide quality pediatric care. Our philosophy affirms that families should be at the center of care for their children, and our department is responsible for enhancing their ability to promote children’s health and well-being.

Our Faculty Advisor Program emphasizes collaborations, yielding scholarly products, and individualized learning plans, to help our residents achieve their full potential.

Our residents have given presentations at national meetings, including the American Thoracic Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference Exhibition, and the Pediatric Academic Societies, the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research, and at the Endocrine Society meetings

Our partners

NYC Health & Hospitals: Coney IslandSCL Health Lutheran

The residency training program involves several nearby hospitals, such as Coney Island Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center, so our residents gain experience outside of Maimonides.

The volume and complexity of pathology seen at Maimonides makes it an excellent place to train. As a resident you are getting good repetition with bread and butter pediatric cases, while being exposed to rare and more complex cases.

Laura Pucillo

At Maimonides, I was afforded the opportunity to be exposed to a wide array of pathology, both common and uncommon, which has allowed me to develop confidence in both my depth and my breadth of knowledge.

Valerie Pallos

Maimonides is a special place! Patients from different backgrounds combined with expert, approachable faculty made this program the perfect choice for pediatric residency training for me. I couldn’t be happier with my choice of programs.

Shannon Kostin

I’m so grateful to be a part of Maimonides Pediatric Residency Program. Being from out of state, I have truly felt supported. From my co-residents to program administration and attendings, they have definitely become my family away from home.

Courtney Duncan

In my experience this residency so far has been challenging, interesting, and most importantly fun. I never thought I'd be able to relate to and laugh so much with the people I learn so much from on a daily basis.

Shaughn Head

Residency Overview​

The Pediatric program offers an outstanding faculty under the leadership of Jeffrey Avner MD, Chair of Pediatrics and Ingrid Walker-Descartes MD, MPH, MBA, Vice Chair of Education. Coupled with a dedicated and renowned array of faculty, the department fosters a philosophy that embraces education in a clinical environment based on “family-centered” care. We are the first officially designated children’s hospital in Brooklyn by the National Association of Children’s Hospital & Related Institutions, and the only pediatric trauma center in Brooklyn. Our mission, WE CARE, encompasses our drive to improve the health and well-being of children through excellence in family-centered care, advocacy, research and education.

Children's Oncology Group FoundationChildren's Hospital Association

The Pediatric Residency Program

The Pediatric Residency experience

The Pediatric Residency Program provides educational experiences that emphasize the required competencies and skills needed to practice general pediatrics. We give our residents opportunities for exposure to over 25 medical and surgical sub-specialties that prepare our residents to treat chronic and complex disorders upon graduation.

We provide residents with exposure to the healthcare of infants, children, adolescents, and substantial experience in the management of diverse pathologic conditions. Throughout the residency experience, we advance our resident’s competency in the medical interview, physical examination, communication, and interpersonal skills.


In addition to providing a high level of clinical care and education for residents and medical students, the department has also received numerous research grants and awards.

Our program supports and strongly encourages residents to write grants. Our residents were recipients of the Coordinated Approach to Child Health planning grants from the American Academy of Pediatrics. We support the development of our trainees not just as clinicians but as community advocates.


Our curriculum focuses on:

  • Ethical issues and discussions of the cost of diagnostic tests
  • Preventive healthcare
  • Procedures and therapies

Rotations provide our residents with opportunities to work with different patient populations, a larger faculty, and exposure to a wide variety of medical problems.

Residents participate in the following rotations over the 3 years of the training program:

  • Adolescent medicine
  • Developmental/behavioral pediatrics
  • Emergency room
  • Inpatient pediatrics
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Normal newborn experience
  • Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • Pediatric subspecialties and electives
  • Primary care ambulatory pediatrics

The Pediatric Residency Training program is designed to prepare the resident for the American Board of Pediatrics examination and fulfills the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for training in pediatrics.

Every year trainees present at the Residents’ Night at the Brooklyn Pediatric Society and the Residents’ Night at the New York Academy of Medicine.  Our residents have been the recipient of the Best Presentation Award 3 times and runner-up at least once in the last 5 years.

Several of our residents have publications in journals such as  New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Perinatology,  Journal of Pediatrics,  Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism,  Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology,  Pediatrics in Review, and Consultants for Pediatricians

When I think about Maimonides I think about my academic home. I started at Maimonides as a medical student rotating through the NICU and Pediatric unit and I'm currently in the last year of my training as a Pediatric Endocrinology fellow. The growth that I have experienced would not be possible were it not for the nurturing faculty and diverse patient population that we serve. A truly unforgettable place.

Omar Beckett

Maimonides is the only Pediatric Hospital in Brooklyn with many subspecialties available. It was during my 3rd year of medical school while at Maimonides that I was introduced to the specialty of Child Abuse Pediatrics. It was because of the great mentorship with a compassionate and positive atmosphere that kept me here as a 4th year medical student, pediatric resident, and now Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellow.

Madeline Mineo

It only took one day as a fourth year student in the NICU at Maimonides to know that this was the right choice of residency program for me. I was drawn to the stimulating and enjoyable work environment created by residents and faculty. The Maimonides family is extremely welcoming and culturally inclusive. I do not believe I would have received the same training experience at any other program in Brooklyn.

Samantha Jimenez

I remember feeling incredibly excited when I found out I matched at Maimonides, and I wasn’t disappointed. Throughout my three years as a resident I was immersed in diversity amongst patients as well as colleagues. The pathology encountered here is incredible, bolstering the practice of teasing out differential diagnoses. The entire experience molded us not only as physicians, but as people, and truly makes training at Maimonides Children’s Hospital invaluable.

Patricia Camino

Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital is a transformative place for pediatrics. It is set apart from other programs by the diversity of its patients and staff, a vast array of pathology, and constant influx of unusual patients that keep you on your toes or so-called “Maimo Specials”. Both as a resident and a fellow, Maimonides has simultaneously provided a strong foundation and given me room to grow as a physician.

Hope Clennon

Curriculum Overview

The residency training program ensure all of our graduates are equipped for a successful career in clinical and academic pediatrics. With a competency-based curriculum, which incorporates protected time for didactics, faculty and residents alike are energized to participate in activities that fulfill the program’s educational mission. All lectures are presented as a part of a conference schedule adapted to facilitate maximal attendance by all trainees. Additionally, web-based and live board review sessions complement the curriculum to enhance the efforts of trainees preparing for the pediatric certification exam upon graduation. Our Faculty Advisor Program continues to flourish serving as the basis for successful mentoring relationships. Such partnerships have resulted in collaborations yielding scholarly products as well individualized learning plans that have served many trainees in their growth as academicians. All of these curricular features guarantee our graduates a thriving career in the field of pediatrics.

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted this fall through ERAS at Complete details and timelines for individual programs are available on the ERAS website.

Three letters of recommendation are required. We review a dean’s letter, transcript, USMLE/COMLEX scores etc. Both J1 visas and a limited number of H1 visas are accepted. No visa type is guaranteed and a passing step 3 result is required by match day for the possibility of an H1 visa.

We do not have minimum score requirements; however, we do look at number of attempts. We do not require US clinical experience, but it is favorable. We prefer recent graduates, however, we will consider three years from date of graduation with clinical experience. In all, we review the application in its entirety. As all applications are accepted through ERAS, we do not accept paper applications. We do not offer pre-matches.

For more information, visit our website at or visit the FRIEDA website.

Maimonides Medical Center complies with federal and city laws and orders prohibiting discrimination in employment. Such discrimination includes race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, handicap, marital status or sexual orientation.

For more information, please call Sharon Deegan, Residency Coordinator, at (718) 283-7503/8090.

The future of medical care is you

Our Medical Education program strives to provide the best educational experience in an environment that assures a balance between academic and clinical activities. We take great pride in educating the next generation of expert practitioners. WE CARE about our students, the community, and the future of medicine. Our program adheres to the highest standards outlined by ACGME and Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP).

Apply to the Pediatric Residency Program today!