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. 

Toward that end, we have developed this guide and handouts to offer advice and guidance for your journey. Included are a list of Pediatrics faculty willing to discuss how you might attain your goals, advice on writing your Curriculum Vitae, interview suggestions, information about various job opportunities, and a timeline for applications and interviews. The faculty of both the Residency Program and Department of Pediatrics are available to advise you on exploring and pursuing your career interests.


Name of Handout Description Download
Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Career development guide for pediatric hospitalist medicine Download (.pdf)
Fellowship Information Guide Guide to preparing and interviewing for pediatric specialty fellowships Download (.pdf)
General Pediatrics Job Search Questions List of the types of questions you should plan for when interviewing for a general pediatrics position. Download (.pdf)
Example Cover Letter Example Cover Letter for General Pediatrics Download (.pdf)
Job Search Tools Resources for the Residency Program's Career Nights Download (.pdf)
Career Night Questions List of questions to ask during interviews for the Residency Program's Career Nights Download (.pdf)
Job Search Questions Sample questions for interviewing for a general pediatrics position Download (.pdf)
Curriculum Vitae Sample CV Download (.pdf)
Curriculum Vitae Sample CV Download (.pdf)
Curriculum Vitae Sample CV of Chief Resident Download (.pdf)

General Pediatrics

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). Two general pediatric faculty who are available to discuss general pediatrics career paths are Lisa Rasmussen, M.D. and Robert Byrd, M.D.

If you're looking to stay in the Sacramento area after completing your pediatric residency, these are organizations which hire for general pediatrics:

  • UC Davis Health System:
  • Sutter Medical Group
  • Mercy/ Dignity Health Medical Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • WellSpace Health, a federally qualified medical center
  • CommuniCare Health, a federally qualified health center
  • Elica, a federally qualified health center

Private practices which have affiliated with larger medical groups in the Sacramento area (such as Hills Physicians)

Hospitalist Medicine

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 which hire for pediatric hospitalists:

  • UC Davis
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Sutter Medical Group

Pediatric Fellowships

There are numerous pediatric subspecialty fellowships available. We recommend reviewing the following websites to learn more about programs, including the application process:

  1. Council of Pediatric Subspecialties: Provides detailed descriptions of pediatric subspecialties, including information about salaries, lifestyle and application deadlines.
  2. National Residency Matching Program - Fellowship Matching Service: Manages most subspecialty matches. The NRMP website provides information on pediatric subspecialties participating in a particular subspecialty match. It provides deadlines for registration and rank order list submission, as well as a list of the fellowship programs which participated in the prior year's match
  3. ERAS Fellowship Documents: Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) is the service that transmits fellowship applications and other supporting documents to program directors. Most fellowships utilizing NRMP use ERAS for transmission of documents.
  4. FREIDA: FREIDA is an AMA database with over 8,700 graduate medical education programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, as well as over 200 combined specialty programs. A search of their database will provide basic information on subspecialty programs and how to contact the particular program you are interested in.

Career Nights

The Residency Program holds Career Nights each academic year. At each event, pediatricians from our department and community are invited to attend and offer advice to our residents. Information on CVs, cover letters, and interviewing are distributed. 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. 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.

Fall Career Night

For residents interested in work as an outpatient general pediatrician or as a hospitalist. Members from various medical groups in town usually participate. This is a wonderful opportunity for our residents to compare various medical groups and ask questions pertaining to expectations, call, support for the younger physicians, and lifestyle. For those considering this field of medicine, but leaving the area after residency, the information can still be helpful and applied to similar organizations in other areas as well as when interviewing for a job.

Spring Career Night

For first and second year residents interested in fellowships or who are deciding on a specialty and want information about different career choices. Members from various specialties participate and discuss the unique aspects of their specialty. This is an opportunity for residents to ask questions about applying to a variety of fellowships. This event enables our residents to compare typical “day in the life of . . . “ different career choices, including lifestyles of different specialties and medical groups. Residents are encouraged to connect with a mentor within the specialty they would like to pursue for additional guidance.

Additional Resources:

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