Residency program

Why choose VCU?

Top reasons to join the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU team

1. National leader in health care

  • Largest and most comprehensive academic medical center in Virginia
  • Ranked as one of the top two hospitals in Virginia for the past decade by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked among the nation’s top children’s hospitals for pediatric nephrology and pulmonology

2. Exceptional patient care in all fields of pediatrics

  • Full-service children’s hospital that offers a robust continuum of pediatric services, research, and education
  • CHoR Pavilion: a comprehensive outpatient center, including radiology and ambulatory surgery
  • Dedicated pediatric emergency department with a fast track, observation unit, child abuse division, and level 1 trauma center
  • Newly expanded PICU
  • NICU with single-family rooms and an operating room
  • Brand new Virginia Treatment Center for Children to provide comprehensive mental health services

3. A robust and thriving Department of Pediatrics with excellent leadership

  • 93 new faculty hired since 2010
  • Fellowships in allergy-immunology, cardiology, critical care, emergency medicine, endocrinology, genetics, hematology-oncology, hospital medicine, infectious disease, neonatology, nephrology, and pulmonology, in addition to child neurology and medicine-pediatrics residencies
  • In the planning stages for a new inpatient children’s tower

4. Residency program that provides excellent education in a supportive environment

  • Diverse patient population with exposure to a variety of pathophysiology
  • Largest provider for the indigent pediatric population
  • Extremely collegial relationship between faculty and housestaff
  • Childcare with backup advantage program (sick daycare)
  • Annual retreats
  • Unique two-week rotation schedule to improve wellness
  • Individualized tracts for careers in primary care, subspecialties, public health, global health, and advocacy

5. Excellent central location and fun city in which to live

  • One hour from the mountains, two hours from the beach, two hours from D.C.
  • State capital: access to the legislative process
  • Diverse and unique restaurants
  • Exciting nightlife: dancing, outdoor events, concerts etc.
  • Exposure to the arts: new performing arts center, national museums
  • Affordable housing
  • International airport 10 minutes from downtown Richmond

6. What do our residents have to say?

  • Besides the supportive learning environment with great faculty and co-residents, the 2-week rotation schedule makes a big difference in the quality of life on a day-to-day basis – Hannah, Class of 2020
  • I chose VCU because of the people. The residents act like one large family and have a good relationship with the faculty and administrators. The other great reason to stay at VCU is Richmond! Richmond has all the convenience of a large city (good food, music, arts, festivals, outdoor activities) but the feel of a small town (low cost of living, no traffic, friendly people) – Avni, Class of 2019
  • Richmond serves a high volume of lower socioeconomic status patients, where medicine makes its most significant impact. Additionally, Richmond is surrounded by a rural population, so we see a wide variety of patients from different backgrounds. What’s more, the hospital is a block from the Capitol, so residents can easily advocate for their patients in a much wider context – Henry, Class of 2021