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The Pediatrics Residency program provides residents with in-depth training in general pediatrics, as well as multiple subspecialties, in a child-friendly, child-focused, family-centered atmosphere. Residents will train at Atrium Health Levine Children's Hospital, the largest and most comprehensive children's hospital in the region. For the 15th consecutive year, Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital has been recognized as one of U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Children’s Hospitals.” This year, the hospital is ranked among the top 50 in the country in eight pediatric specialties and remains the only children’s hospital in Charlotte to be given this prominent distinction.

  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery
  • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology and Lung Surgery
  • Urology


Residents with an interest in becoming a general pediatrician will have access to training in more than 30 pediatric primary care offices affiliated with Levine Children’s Hospital. Learn more.

In addition to our specialties, residents will gain a foundation in the following:

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Child Development/Behavior
  • Inpatient Care
  • Outpatient Clinic Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Term Nursery Care

An Inside Look at the Pediatrics Residency Program

Opportunity, Community and Diversity: A Perspective from Our Faculty

Solid Pediatric Training and Supportive Collaboration: A Resident’s View

Where You Will Train


Levine Children’s Hospital

From the simple to the most complex procedures, residents will receive the expertise they need at Levine Children’s Hospital. For 2022-2023, we’ve been named a Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report in 8 pediatric specialties: Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Neonatology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Lung Surgery, and Urology. 

As the largest children’s hospital between Atlanta and Washington, DC, we offer:

  • First neonatal care program in North Carolina to earn the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission
  • Specialized pediatric intensive care units for critical care, cardiovascular and neonatology
  • Pediatric transplant program with expertise in heart, kidney, liver, and blood and marrow transplants
  • Region’s only pediatric heart surgery program, pediatric cardiovascular intensive care unit and interventional catheterization program
  • Southeast’s most advanced child neurology care, including the only dedicated Level III pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit in North Carolina
  • Dedicated pediatric emergency department and region’s only Level 1 pediatric trauma center
  • Region’s only emergency department with 24/7 pediatric orthopedic call coverage

Meet the Program Director

“At CMC, we are looking for residents who are interested in becoming inclusive physicians in an urban practice environment, a free-standing quaternary-care children’s hospital built and supported by our community, and a close-knit, supportive residency family. Our goal is to help our residents become excellent pediatricians, and, with 8 subspecialties ranked by US News and World Report, our residents learn from some of the best clinicians in pediatrics. In addition, Charlotte is the largest city in the Carolinas and a wonderful place to live and work.”

Sydney Primis, MD
Residency Program Director, Vice Chair of Education, Director of Wellness
Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital

With a nationally and internationally renowned team of physicians in pediatrics who serve as faculty, our residents have access to a breadth of experience and knowledge in the program. See the full list of physicians and their specialties here.

Program Curriculum

Residents will receive training to become well-rounded general pediatricians who are fully prepared to enter a subspecialty fellowship or a practice setting of their choice. Our curriculum offers a balanced set of experiences at each level of training, in compliance with the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics and designed to develop expertise in all six of the ACGME core competencies. Our flexible tracks allow for individualized experiences for all residents across a wide variety of interests including ambulatory care, inpatient/ acute care, or subspecialty pediatrics. In addition, there is an opportunity for those interested to participate in immersive experiences in Advocacy or Global Health.

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During the 3-year program, residents will receive the following experiences each year. PL-1: The PL-1 curriculum lays the foundation for a career in pediatric medicine. Experience on core inpatient and outpatient rotations, including exposure to patients ranging in age from premature neonates to late adolescence, and crossing a variety of subspecialty fields, ensure residents have the groundwork they need for further development of expertise.

PL-2: The PL-2 resident returns to the core rotations in a supervisory role. They will take on progressive responsibility and increasingly developing skills in patient triage, management and decision-making.

PL-3: The PL-3 resident serves as the supervisory resident across rotations and in the pediatric intensive care unit. They will continue to develop and hone assessment and teaching skills over the spectrum of pediatric practice.

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Residents will have a variety of experiences during their clinical rotations in the program.

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In addition to the many educational and career benefits of the Pediatrics program, residents will receive financial benefits as well.

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Honors and Awards

Levine Children’s Hospital has been named a Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report for 15 consecutive years, most recently in 8 specialties – Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Lung Surgery, and Urology.

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Application Criteria

If you would like to apply for our residency program, we only accept standard electronic applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please submit your ERAS application to us. Please contact your school for specific information on the ERAS program.

International graduates must have graduated from medical school within 3 years of starting residency along with the following requirements:

  • 3 letters of recommendation are required. A chairman's letter is not required.
  • Must have passed United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) on the first attempt.
  • Must be Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certified at the time of application.
  • US clinical experience is required from an ACGME-approved program.
  • Observerships are not offered.
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