About the UCSF Pediatric Residency Program | San Francisco


Welcome from the Director of Residency, Dr. Margaret McNamara

Dr. Margaret McNamara, director of UCSF's pediatric residency program, was once an intern herself and has been a part of UCSF for over 20 years. Watch Dr. McNamara discuss the program's mission to offer outstanding clinical training, professional development and individualized mentorship.  

Essential Features 

  • Large academic training program with 84 residents, including 31 interns.
  • Nationally prominent department with a superb academic profile and a long track record of training leaders in pediatric medicine.
  • Integral part of the UCSF School of Medicine, which is ranked among the top 5 medical schools in the country in both research and primary care (the only school to be ranked in the top 5 in both categories) and ranked fourth in the US in total National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding.
  • Long track record of commitment to the education of residents, fellows, and medical students.
  • Multisite training facilities consist of four distinct hospitals and clinics; each represents a unique healthcare delivery system, patient population, and educational opportunities.
  • Three inpatient settings include a tertiary/quaternary care children's hospital — UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital; a public/county hospital and trauma center — Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital; and a health maintenance organization — Kaiser San Francisco.
  • Three continuity clinic sites: UCSF/Mount Zion in the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco, Kaiser (Geary and Mission Bay), and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
  • Mainly day/night shifts with few 24-hour calls; back-up call system for illness and emergencies
  • Strong advising and mentoring programs
  • Opportunity to participate as desired in a specialized track or pathway (e.g. global health, clinical translational science) to enhance individualized curriculum.
  • Substantial, structured support for residents to promote cohesion and camaraderie such as Intern Time-Out, Annual Residency Retreat, Resident Families with Faculty Sponsors, “house” competitions, racial-affinity group caucusing, and more.
  • Active committees include Resident-led physicians for Inclusion, Social justice, and Equity (RISE) Coalition, Program Improvement Group, and Wellness Committee.

Block Schedule

Our block schedule was specifically designed to give residents robust clinical training while also pursuing their individual passions.

Residents can tailor their individualized curriculum by selecting subspecialty rotations of interest, custom electives or track/pathway-specific programming. Our resident schedules have a majority of day/night shift templates and some blocks with a 24-hour call. 

Sample Block Schedule

Sample Schedule