About Us

 The Pediatric Residency Training Program is based at the freestanding Doernbecher Children's Hospital, on the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) campus. Our residents also rotate at Randall Children's Hospital and Kaiser Permanente clinics here in Portland.  We are one of the very first hospitals in the Northwest to fully implement an electronic medical records system.

There are many rich and valuable experiences gained through a wide variety of learning opportunities at Doernbecher community and outreach pediatric clinics, school-based health centers, and private physicians' offices. Full time faculty members in the Department of Pediatrics supervise residents at all locations.

Patients at Doernbecher come from the primary care base at OHSU, or are referred from urban and rural practices throughout Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and northern California.  There are over 8,600 admissions annually to Doernbecher Children's Hospital and 135,791 visits to the ambulatory clinics. In addition, there are over 8,000 Pediatric visits to the dedicated Pediatric ER.  Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital is very similar in size to Doernbecher.


Quick Facts

  • 16 categorical residents per year
  • 1 pediatric neurology resident per year
  • Largest pediatric specialist staff in the state
  • Pediatric centered level 1 trauma center
  • Rated one of the top pediatric hospitals in the US


Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Training Program at OHSU in Portland, OR. Our training program has a long history of excellence, which contributes to the reputation of Doernbecher Children's Hospital as an outstanding clinical, teaching, and research institution in the great Pacific Northwest.

The size of our program affords us the distinct opportunity to provide individualized attention to each resident and because of this; we are able to help every resident achieve their greatest potential. We believe in fostering an educational environment that encourages autonomy and independent decision-making with appropriate supervision and mentoring by attending staff. We challenge our residents and expect them to be active learners and participate fully in their education.

Portland, Oregon is a wonderful place to live, offering recreational opportunities that extend from the Pacific Ocean beaches to the Cascade Mountains.  This provides us many opportunities to encourage resident wellness. By helping our residents learn to balance their clinical and education responsibilities as well as their responsibility to their own personal wellness, we create an atmosphere that gives rise to success. I hope that, after you read what OHSU has to offer in pediatric training, you will visit us to take a closer look.

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Cindy Ferrell, MD, MSEd
Residency Program Director