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Pediatrics Residency Program

About Madigan’s Pediatrics Residency Program

Madigan Army Medical Center’s Pediatrics Residency is a fully accredited 3-year program leading to specialty certification by the American Board of Pediatrics. Candidates must graduate in good standing from an accredited allopathic or osteopathic medical school and typically will be considered for selection during the fourth year of medical school. Occasionally, a trainee in a transitional year internship will also be considered for selection. The program has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for a compliment of 8 residents per year.


Tucked between Mt. Rainier National Park and Puget Sound, the hospital is a 259 bed tertiary care center located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord outside Tacoma, WA. The Madigan Pediatrics Department offers a busy and diverse training experience, to include an inpatient service, PICU, and level three NICU as well as a robust general pediatrics clinic. Nearly all subspecialties are organic to Madigan (exceptions are behavioral health, nephrology, and rheumatology), and there is a partnered Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship program. All of this is augmented by rotational opportunities at two local, free-standing children’s hospitals (Mary Bridge in Tacoma, WA and Seattle Children’s).

View of Madigan's Pond with illuminated fountains
with Mt. Rainier in the distance

Established in 1958, the program has a vibrant teaching environment and prides itself on academic excellence as well as a close-knit work hard, play hard culture. Faculty consists of active duty and civilian board certified pediatricians and subspecialists. The didactic schedule consists of daily morning report and noon didactics that are delivered by both faculty and residents, journal clubs, QI symposiums, morbidity and mortality conference, several multi-disciplinary conferences, and research rounds.

The program strives to produce the highest caliber pediatricians who are skilled and prepared to deliver exceptional medical care in environments ranging from austere military combat zones to large, academic medical centers. These complex and varied demands require graduates to be exceptionally competent, healthy, and motivated military officers and physicians. The expectation is that Madigan graduates will possess uncompromising personal integrity and ethical standards and be the pediatricians we want caring for our own children. They will be experts in general pediatrics and well prepared for fellowship training. The program philosophy is that we produce the future leaders in military and civilian medicine.

Medical Student Rotations

The Pediatric Department serves a culturally diverse patient population of approximately 12,000 enrolled patient beneficiaries aged newborn through 23 years of age with a range of general pediatric and specialty clinics, pediatric ward, newborn nursery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit services.

The Pediatric Department provides pediatric clinical clerkships for 3rd Year Medical Students from the University of Washington School of Medicine and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences as well as 4th Year Medical Students who wish to pursue sub-internships, clinical rotations and/or interviews for First Year Graduate Medical Education (FYGME). Third Year Medical Students are able to complete their Third Year Medical School specific educational requirements on this rotation.

Third Year Medical Students

All third year medical students rotate through the Pediatric Ward, the Newborn Nursery and the Outpatient Pediatric Clinic. This clinical experience provides ample exposure to pediatric specific history taking, clinical examinations and differential diagnosis skills in infants/children and adolescents. Medical students will learn to assess and manage pediatric patients for preventive health checks, chronic medical disease and a variety of acute pediatric complaints in a growing Patient Centered Medical Home. Medical Students will gain clinical skills and experience in oral presentations, clinical note writing, pediatric specific knowledge and differential diagnosis, interpretation and managerial skills.

Fourth Year Medical Students

Fourth Year Medical Students can tailor their clinical experience to their specific school requirements or interests.

All Medical Students play a critical role on all medical teams and receive hands on clinical teaching with engaged residents and teaching staff.

All students are expected to attend Department Education Time from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and Medical Student Lectures from 12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Madigan Army Medical Center
9040 Jackson Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98431


Tel:  (253) 968-1330
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