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Pediatric Residency

Message from the Program Director

Welcome to the Pediatric Residency program at the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center affiliated with Stritch School of Medicine. We are a three year categorical pediatrics residency program, accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

Our program’s mission is to prepare physicians who will be

  • Excellent general pediatricians who may choose to further their education in a dedicated fellowship for a chosen pediatric subspecialty
  • Inquisitive providers who are motivated to practice evidence-based medicine and are eager to contribute to quality improvement and clinical research
  • Compassionate leaders who are committed to volunteering and improving the lives of individuals in their communities

We are interested in applicants who are passionate about pediatrics, are supportive towards their colleagues, and are self-directed learners who are eager to work in interprofessional teams. We are highly interested in applicants who have a growth mindset; specifically, those who are excited to take on new challenges and be receptive to feedback in order to grow as an individual and as a pediatric provider.

We promote a non-intimidating learning environment that encourages you to

  • Become an intellectually curious professional
  • Provide exceptional care to patients and their families
  • Advocate for the health of all children

Our curriculum is balanced between inpatient and outpatient medicine, both for primary and subspecialty pediatrics, and it is designed to meet the needs of each individual.

Our graduates are poised to pursue general pediatrics opportunities, or to enter pediatric subspecialty fellowships.

Dr. T. Marsha Ma

T. Marsha Ma, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatric Cardiology
Program Director, Pediatric Residency

Bridge Boyd, MD

Bridget Boyd, MD
Associate Professor, General Pediatrics
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency


Applying to the Pediatric Residency Program

Applications are accepted through ERAS. All applications are reviewed, and initial invitations for interviews are sent via email in September. Interviews will start in mid-October and go through December. In addition to the application, we require the following:

  • Dean's letter
  • Letters of recommendation (3), chair letter is not mandatory
  • Personal statement
  • CV
  • Transcript
  • USMLE I and II
    • Passing USMLE II scores are not required prior to invitation to interview, but are required prior to acceptance into the program

For individuals studying at Osteopathic Medical Schools, COMLEX is accepted.

For applicants requiring a visa, our institution only sponsors J-1 visas.

Please explore our website to learn more about us and then make plans to visit us!
You can e-mail the Pediatric Residency Coordinator or call 708-327-9124 with questions. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Loyola Pediatrics Program


Virtual tour


Among the 10,000 babies treated in Loyola's NICU are five sets of conjoined twins and thousands of twins, triplets, quadruplets and even quintuplets. The staff also cared for a baby who was born at 9.2 ounces in 2004. Until 2016, she held the record for the world's smallest surviving baby.

Loyola Medicine’s pediatric cardiology team collaborates to treat baby’s heart abnormality The collaborative work of Loyola's Maternal & Fetal Medicine and Pediatric Cardiology helped diagnose & treat in utero SVT to prevent hydrops and premature delivery of a neonate



Loyola Medicine Pediatric Cancer Patient Drafted by the Chicago Cubs
When Pierson Gibis was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, he worried he would never play baseball again. But Pierson is a warrior who fought his way back to the field with help from Loyola Medicine's pediatric oncology team. Then his dream came true when he was drafted in the 39th round by the Chicago Cubs in June 2018.



Run/Walk at Brookfield Zoo Benefits Loyola Pediatric Care and Research
The Loyola Pediatric Residency hosts an annual 5K, which has raised more than $725,000 to benefit the pediatric programs at Loyola.


Loyola's general pediatricians and subspecialists are highly invested in the well-being of their patients and constantly provide resources to patient's families to ensure pediatric patient safety.

Loyola's Pediatric Mobile Health Unit delivers much-needed health care to Chicago students

Loyola Medicine Pediatrician Gives Advice to Protect Children from the Flu



Loyola Receives $50,000 Grant from St. Baldrick's Foundation to Support Pediatric Cancer Clinical Trials

Hope on Wheels awards Loyola grant for pediatric cancer research

Loyola Medicine Pediatrics Receives Grant for Pediatric Bereavement

Pediatric Residency Contacts

Natanya "Tanya" Diaz
Pediatric Residency Coordinator