Residents drive the learning process in our program, ranked best in the region

Five pediatric residents in masks and scrubs grouped together

Ranked best in the region by U.S. News & World Report, the residency program at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital (MSCH) has 26 trainees per residency class and is the largest program in the New York metropolitan region. We are not only the major provider of primary care for the largely Latinx community of Washington Heights but also the major referral hospital for the greater New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region.

Our residency program provides trainees with a broad foundation in pediatrics consisting of:

  • Inpatient and critical care
  • Exposure to one of the highest case mix indices in the country
  • Depth and breadth of pediatric medicine and surgical specialty services
  • Community-based continuity outpatient care
  • Resident wellness

Program Director Steve Paik, MD, captures the underlying values of the program in this excerpt from his letter to potential applicants:

We work in a culturally rich and diverse community in NYC. We are committed to providing the highest quality care to every person who walks through our doors. We aim to provide the highest level of training and to include residents as active participants and drivers of the learning process. Fundamentally, we are a community and we are a family. As such, we learn from each other and teach each other. We respect and advocate for each other. We advocate for our patients and community at large together. We take care of each other in times of need as much as we take care of our patients.

Addressing Structural Racism

This past year, our pediatric residents developed an anti-racist credo to clarify their support of the continued work that is necessary to overcome systemic racism.

Ambulatory Care and Community Pediatrics

Our outstanding Community Pediatrics Program is a model of joint academic-community partnerships and serves children in the Washington Heights–Inwood community. The three-year service-learning experiential curriculum is based in the community and anchored around the connections between social determinants of health, race, socioeconomic status, and disparities.

Residents are assigned to one of four hospital-affiliated or neighborhood-based combined faculty and resident group practices, where they:

  • Serve as the primary care provider for a panel of patients at a weekly continuity clinic
  • Provide care for well children and children with special health care needs
  • Work with a variety of community agencies
  • Rotate through the adolescent ambulatory clinic, affiliated school-based clinics, and our Young Men’s Clinic for adolescent and young adult men
  • Attend conference series, with topics including:
    • Population health
    • Social determinants of health 
    • Health disparities
    • Legislative advocacy coordinates with the resident-driven Columbia Pediatric Advocacy Program (CPAP) 


Our learners have opportunities to pursue diverse and enriching experiences in research, advocacy, quality improvement, medical education, community pediatrics, and global health. All residents are required to participate in clinic site-specific quality improvement projects as well as a faculty-mentored scholarly project and to present their research at the annual resident scholarly project forum. Second- and third-year residents have the option of designated research time one morning per week or completing a research elective rotation. Many residents publish their work in peer-reviewed publications and present at national and international meetings. In 2019, nine residents were primary presenters for posters, platforms, and workshops at PAS.

Pediatrician-Scientist Training and Development Program (PSTDP)

Launched in 2019, the Pediatrician-Scientist Training and Development Program (PSTDP), led by Kara Gross Margolis, MD, provides talented MDs or MD/PhDs committed to both research and pediatrics with comprehensive, personalized training. The program accepts one resident each year and provides more than 11 months of completely protected research time. Participants are able to work in any lab at CUIMC and have an individualized advisory committee that supports their matriculation through residency. Current resident investigators include:

  • Teddy Wohlbold, MD, PhD, inaugural PSTDP resident, PGY2
  • Ananthi Rajamoorthi, MD, PhD, PGY1

After Graduation

Graduates are exceptionally prepared for their next career steps, whether it be as primary care providers, pediatric medicine hospitalists, subspecialty fellowship training, educators, or physician-scientists.

Class of 2020


  • Cardiology:
    • NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital (3)
    • Mount Sinai Hospital
    • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Endocrinology:
    • NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
    • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Critical Care Medicine:
    • NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
    • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • General Academic Pediatrics:
    • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Hospital Medicine:
    • NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
    • Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
  • Infectious Disease
    • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine:
    • Boston Children’s Hospital
    • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    • Mount Sinai Hospital
    • NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
  • Nephrology:
    • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Child Neurology Residency:
    • NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
  • Sports Medicine:
    • New York University, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital

Hospital Appointments

  • Primary Care Pediatrician:
    • Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
  • Critical Care House Physician:
    • NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital (2)
  • General Pediatrician:
    • Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • General Pediatrician:
    • Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

Recent Resident Publication Highlights

Class of 2021

Victoria L Blancha, et al. Survival of three neonates with congenital diaphragmatic hernia and d-transposition of the great arteries. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. 2017; 8.2: 239-241.

Anderson B, Victoria L Blancha, et al. The effects of postoperative hematocrit on shunt occlusion for neonates undergoing single ventricle palliation. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2017; 153.4: 947-955.

Nicholas Boscamp, et al. Cardiac catheterization in pediatric patients supported by extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: A 15-year experience. Pediatric Cardiology. 2017 Feb; 38(2): 332-337.

Baruteau AE, Barnetche T, Morin L, Jalal Z, Nicholas Boscamp, et al. Percutaneous balloon atrial septostomy on top of venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation results in safe and effective left heart decompression. European Heart Journal of Acute Cardiovascular Care. 2018 Feb; 7(1): 70-79.

Koransky R, Abigail Leathe, et al. Newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency: Experience at a New York City Academic Medical Center. Journal of Allergy Clinical Immunology. 2018; 141 (2): AB27

Koransky R, Abigail Leathe, et al. Does thymectomy during cardiac surgery affect TREC levels and infection risk? Journal of Allergy Clinical Immunology. 2018; 38: 357

Christina Manice, et al. Management of afebrile neonates with pustules and vesicles in a pediatric emergency department. Pediatric Dermatology. 2018; Sep; 35(5): 660-665.

Feuille E, Nikhil Menon, et al. Knowledge of food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome among general pediatricians. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunology. 2017 Sep; 119(3): 291-292.e3.

Class of 2020

David Barris, et al. Detection of circulating tumor DNA in patients with osteosarcoma. Oncotarget. 2018 Jan 18; 9(16): 12695-12704.

Casey Berman, Merritt RJ. Stoned-A syndrome of D-lactic acidosis and urolithiasis. Nutrition Clinical Practice. 2018 Mar 23.

Dadlez NM, Gabriela Bisono, et al. Understanding parental preferences for participants in medical decision-making for their hospitalized children. Hospital Pediatrics. 2018 Apr; 8(4): 200-206.

Salomon S, Hilary Frankel, et al. Implementing routine palliative care consultation before LVAD implantation: A single center experience. Journal of Pain Symptom Management. 2018 May; 55(5): 1350-1355.

Ginsburg ZA, Bryan AD, Rubinstein EB, Hilary Frankel, et al. Unreliable and difficult-to-access food for those in need: A qualitative and quantitative study of urban food pantries. J Community Health. 2018 Jul 17.

Lindsay Nadkarni, et al. The development and validation of a concise instrument for formative assessment of team leader performance during simulated pediatric resuscitations. Simulation Healthcare. 2018 Apr; 13(2): 77-82.

Lauren T. Roth, Robbins-Milne L, Sirota D, Lane M. A resident-led QI project to improve dental health at a primary care pediatric practice. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2020; In-Press

Resident Wellness

Our resident-driven wellness committee and residency program as a whole are devoted to improving resident well-being and work-life balance through organized activities throughout the year, including in-hospital and out-of-hospital activities and a yearly class retreat.