- What We Do
Educating the next generation of pediatric professionals
Our mission includes a commitment to excellence in teaching and preparing the next generation of pediatric experts. Nearly half of graduating medical students who want to specialize in pediatrics apply to Children’s National Medical Center. Our medical education programs and courses help healthcare professionals advance their medical knowledge, as well as understand the integral role of a pediatrician in the lives of children and their families.
We offer educational opportunities for physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals through internships, fellowships, graduate medical education, continuing medical education, and residency programs, including four research education tracks. On average, we provide training for more than 130 fellows and 100 pediatric residents annually. We emphasize integrated educational programs that afford opportunities to collaborate with other students and researchers, complementary to our multidisciplinary approach to care.
We also serve as a major training site for adult medical and surgical graduate medical education programs for and area institutions.
Continuing education and training opportunities for new and experienced nurses enhance their professional development in practice, education, administration, and research, which ultimately benefits patients and improves outcomes. More than 50 nursing schools are affiliated with Children’s National. These affiliates include clinical rotations at Children's National for nursing students who are in undergraduate, masters, post-graduate, and practical nursing programs. For those new to the profession, our highly supportive programs bridge the gap between undergraduate education and professional nursing practice.
Children’s Research Institute oversees the educational activities and academic affairs of Children's National and the Department of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. CRI is one of only six Child Health Research Centers supporting the development of pediatrician-scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health.
In 2010, Children’s National was the first freestanding children’s hospital awarded the prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award grant, from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science. In partnership with the George Washington University, we established the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National to quickly and efficiently translate discovery to practice. With an emphasis on child and adult health and the origin of diseases and rare disorders, the center promotes collaborative research with a national network of 1,200 community health centers, and provides research training.