Pediatric Residency

The Penn State Hershey Pediatric Residency Program

There are many residency programs from which to choose, but we sincerely hope that you will consider the unique combination of features that our program offers.

Our state-of-the-art hospital, which opened in 2013, is the only children's hospital in South Central Pennsylvania. It houses the region's only pediatric ICU, pediatric trauma program and pediatric cardiac surgery program, and is home to the vast majority of the pediatric specialists in the region. This lack of local competition is a tremendous benefit to our residents, who are assured of caring for virtually every complex, critically-ill or critically-injured child in the region. Our residents also encounter vast cultural diversity, since we are the children's hospital for many Amish and Mennonite populations, large farming communities, the suburbs surrounding the state capital, and a number of cities with significant immigrant communities, including Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading and York. 

At the same time, we are still close enough to the east coast for easy day trips to New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, each of which is located less than three hours away.  Hershey also allows for very affordable living on a resident's salary; many residents purchase homes, and those who rent often live in safe, high-quality apartments located very close to the hospital. Given Hershey's status as a major tourist destination and nearby Harrisburg's position as the state capital, our area features many excellent restaurants, national concert tours, minor-league baseball and hockey teams, and the Hersheypark amusement park.

All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) by December 1 and must register for a PL-1 position through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applications are considered without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin.  We only sponsor J-1 visas. 

We do not require a letter from your department chairman, but we do require:

  • Personal Statement
  • MSPE (Dean's Letter)
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE or COMLEX Scores
  • Three to four letters of recommendation from faculty members with whom you have worked.

Interviews are by invitation only, and will be conducted from mid-October through mid-January. If you are invited for an interview, you will be notified by email, and we will ask that you respond promptly so that we can do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs.  We prefer to interview smaller groups each day in order to create a more personalized day. 

Interview days will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude by 2:00 pm; the day will include a tour of the Children's Hospital and lunch. There will also be an optional dinner the night before your interview at a local restaurant with some of our residents. The program will pay for one night at a local hotel that provides a free breakfast. More information about the hotel and the dinner will be provided when we schedule your interview. 

Contact Us

Brandon Smith, M.D.
Residency Program Director

Stephanie McCartney
Residency Program Coordinator

Penn State Children's Hospital
500 University Drive, H085
P.O. Box 850
Hershey, PA 17033-0850