Making career decisions during residency can be confusing and intimidating, so we want to help our residents with pursuing the career of their choice, whether that is in outpatient general pediatrics or in a pediatric subspecialty. We have a career development series integrated into resident didactics to help residents explore potential careers and provide tools to help with job and fellowship applications.
Please also review this guide and handouts to offer advice and guidance for your journey. The faculty of both the Residency Program and Department of Pediatrics are available to advise you on exploring and pursuing your career interests.
Once you've completed pediatric residency, you are qualified to work as an outpatient general pediatrician. Depending on the medical group, these positions can sometimes include nursery and hospital privileges. Another option is to continue your pediatric training in a fellowship (see below). Our general pediatricians welcome you to further discuss job options and answer any questions.
If you're looking to stay in the Sacramento area after completing your pediatric residency, these are organizations that hire for general pediatrics:
Private practices which have affiliated with larger medical groups in the Sacramento area (such as Hills Physicians)
Another career path in general pediatrics is hospitalist medicine (guide), which typically requires training in a 2-year pediatric hospitalist fellowship.
If you're looking to stay in Sacramento at the completion of your residency, these are some organizations that hire pediatric hospitalists:
There are numerous pediatric subspecialty fellowships available. We recommend reviewing the following websites to learn more about programs, including the application process:
The Residency Program holds Career Development sessions throughout the year during didactics. At each session, pediatricians from general pediatrics and specialties from our department and community are invited to attend and offer advice to our residents. Sessions on CVs, cover letters, and interviewing are also part of this curriculum. Residents are also strongly encouraged to attend Career Fairs, both in the Sacramento area and the Bay Area in order to meet and submit their CVs to regional medical groups. Peds Jobs is also a good resource to find available jobs. Other issues to keep in mind for job hunting is to obtain three letters of recommendation early in the process. Some of the larger medical groups in Sacramento (e.g. Kaiser and Sutter) interview early in your senior year. As with any post-graduation job hunt, starting early is the best strategy for finding a job.
AAP Career Center: https://jobs.pedjobs.org/
AAP Residency Graduation Toolkit: https://www.aap.org/en-us/professional-resources/Path-to-Pediatrics/Pages/residency-graduation-toolkit.aspx