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Pediatric Residency Program

Saint Louis University’s Pediatric Residency Program dates back to 1933. Since 1956, its primary site has been SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital which has continuously offered exceptional clinical and educational experience to house staff and medical students as a fully accredited program credentialed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Cardinal Glennon

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

About Our Pediatric Training

We pride ourselves on providing the best educational and clinical experiences to meet the ever growing, changing and complex needs of children and those who care for them. Our program provides the basics in pediatric education in your first year of training, allowing you to customize your residency training in your third year with six months of individualized curriculum, as well as  a wide range of experiences and exposures to fully prepare you for the next step in your pediatric career.

The idea that trainee responsibility for the initial patient assessment, plan development and management is central to all rotations in our residency program. Core didactic sessions, formal and informal conferences, bedside/classroom teaching, faculty/paramedical support, and program flexibility allow our residents to tailor the experience to meet their individual career goals. We routinely re-evaluate our program and make changes as necessary to improve the educational experience for our residents.

About Our Graduates

Pediatricians who trained at Saint Louis University's Pediatric Residency Program represent every major pediatric subspecialty in the United States, with many of our graduates receiving prestigious awards for their contributions to pediatric research. Our residents who pursue careers in subspecialty medicine routinely match in top tier subspecialty fellowship programs and go on to contribute significantly to the subspecialty care of children.

Our graduates are employed across the world in general and subspecialty pediatric practices and are found in academic medicine, private practice, community health centers and international practice. In the area of primary care, our graduates contribute to maintaining good health care for the pediatric population, which often includes actively participating in and organizing programs to improve the safety and health care accessibility for all children.

Where We Learn and Work

In 1956, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital (Cardinal Glennon) was opened and became the primary site of the University's Pediatric Residency. Since that time, Cardinal Glennon has continuously offered exceptional clinical and educational experience to housestaff and medical students. In 2018, Cardinal Glennon was ranked in several subspecialties as a Best Children’s Hospital by US News and World Report.

Boasting a full range of pediatric services, including a Level 1 trauma center designation and a Level 4 NICU designation, Cardinal Glennon serves the pediatric needs for the greater St. Louis and Metropolitan areas as well as the Eastern half of the state of Missouri and the Southern half of the state of Illinois. The NICU is licensed for 65 beds, the PICU is licensed for 21 beds, with a total inpatient capacity of 195 beds.

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital

The Family Birthplace at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital - St. Louis is the regional hub for maternal services and high-risk obstetrics and is fully equipped with a Level III Neonatal ICU where our smallest patients get a state-of-the-art start. At this location, residents perform rotations in newborn nursery and senior resident NICU. The NICU has 38 beds in all private rooms with capacity for infants of multiple gestation to room together. 

Danis Pediatrics and Mid-Town Pediatrics

Danis Pediatric Center (also called Danis Pediatrics, pronounced “Donnie”) sees almost 20,000 visits per year. Danis Pediatrics combines the excellence of SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and Saint Louis University School of Medicine to develop a model of pediatric practice to serve as an example of excellent medical care for students and residents.

Each resident is assigned to a continuity clinic preceptor and day, although to accommodate the resident schedule residents will have clinic on other days as well. At a minimum the residents will each have a half-day clinic 36 times per year, most residents will be in clinic well over 40 half-days.

Approximately 80% of patients at Danis Pediatric Center are covered by Medicaid. The physicians and staff take a very active role in the care of patients with chronic medical problems, with an additional focus on the social determinants of health and their impact on families. In addition to the medical and nursing staff, Danis Pediatrics has a psychologist and two dedicated social workers. The practice has initiatives in child foster care, refugee health, foreign adoption, perinatal depression, parenting interventions, infant mortality, food insecurity and recently enrolled in Missouri Health Net's Primary Care Health Home program. The practice is a unique blend of patient care, patient education, medical education, research and quality improvement.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Pediatrics at St. Louis University Medical School is committed to building a diverse and inclusive Residency Program. The children we serve at Cardinal Glennon Children’s medical center are racially, ethnically, socioeconomically, and spiritually diverse. Our overarching goal is to continue to attract residents from diverse backgrounds and more effectively reflect the community we serve. We seek to embrace all forms of diversity including sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. We strive to create an inclusive community where all feel welcome and supported. In this way, we can more readily provide for the needs of the children and families in our community.

Our specific goals include but are not limited to the following:

  •  To provide support and mentorship to underrepresented minority residents in becoming outstanding pediatricians;
  • To provide a safe environment where pediatricians in training can learn about the needs of those from other backgrounds;
  • To provide a network of advocacy in the community that is respectful of race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.