Education and Training

Boston Children's Hospital is committed to providing high-quality continuing education to pediatric providers and specialists throughout the world. As a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, we have more than 800 attending physicians and researchers who are in the forefront of the understanding and treatment of pediatric diseases and disorders. Our education and training offerings provide an opportunity to learn from the leading experts in pediatric care.

Our current programs - some of them on our Boston campus, some of them online -- are described below. For more information, contact the International Office at, or fill out our Observership Application Form.

Observership Program

The Observership Program at Boston Children’s Hospital provides knowledge of best practices to improve pediatric care worldwide and promote a collaborate environment for exchange of ideas. Observerships are informal learning experiences and do not constitute formal training or patient contact. Observerships are offered to healthcare providers across a number of departments and divisions. As part of the curriculum, visitors may observe clinical activities and procedures; attend daily rounds, lectures, seminars, and other interdisciplinary conferences occurring in the Hospital.

Residency Program

Each year, approximately 450 postgraduate students spend at least a portion of their residencies at Boston Children's Hospital, which hosts an innovative joint residency program with Boston Medical Center. The program draws exceptional medical school graduates from around the world who wish to specialize in pediatrics (and who meet the program requirements).


Fellowship opportunities are available to qualified physicians who seek additional training in a clinical subspecialty or who are preparing for research and academic careers in pediatrics. We offer more than 40 fellowship programs at our Boston-area facilities.

Additionally, the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is partnering with Children's Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 in Cairo to offer an innovative fellowship in pediatric oncology.

The two-and-a-half-year fellowship is open to bilingual graduates of accredited pediatric residency programs throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Fellows will spend one month each year in Boston and the rest of the time at 57357, with regular visits from Dana-Farber/Boston Children's clinicians. Once they complete the fellowship, they will be accredited to practice in their home country, but not in the United States.

Continuing Medical Education

We offer opportunities to attend Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses held in or near Boston. Courses focus on various pediatric specialties and are tailored to the needs and interests of primary care practitioners, pediatric subspecialists, nurses, residents and fellows in training, and allied health professionals. (A complete list of upcoming CME courses in Boston is available here.)


OPENPediatrics is a web-based digital learning platform designed for physicians and nurses who care for critically ill children in healthcare settings of all kinds around the world. The platform -- currently used by clinicians in more than 100 countries on six continents -- offers virtual training, tools for sharing knowledge and communicating with other health professionals, and a library of resources including videos, lectures, device simulators, and protocols. Register at to get started.

Pediatric Simulator Program

Our simulation suite is a dual-purpose simulation lab and procedure room located within a state-of-the-art medical-surgical intensive care unit. The simulator program -- the first to be endorsed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) -- functions as a post-graduate university for trainees from multiple disciplines and departments. We offer CME courses and workshops, internship and fellowship programs, lecture series, and other professional development opportunities through the program. Visit for more information.

Robotic Surgery Research and Training Program

We are the only pediatric hospital to offer physician certification in the use of robotic equipment. Since 2005, we've trained over 100 physicians and medical professionals from all over the world on robotic surgery at our state-of-the-art research facility. We've also developed protocols to train nurses and other surgical support staff in equipment setup and patient safety procedures. 

For more information about our international education programs, contact the International Office at