Residency in Pediatrics
The Pediatrics residency is a three-year program to train medical doctors to become general pediatricians. The Program provides the residents with the foundation competencies to be ready to practice general pediatrics in different clinical settings (in hospital and/or in ambulatory care) or to continue their post-graduate medical training in pediatric sub-specialties (e.g. Pediatrics Clinical Fellowships) or research.

During year-1 and year-2, residents rotate through different in-patient pediatric sub-specialty departments in addition to be exposed to high quality outpatient longitudinal experiences. During year-3, residents focus their training and curriculum on specific areas of clinical and/or research interest.

General information

Campus: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, NUSOM building, hospitals

Language: English, Kazakh, Russian

Delivery mode: Full time

Duration: 3 years

Career: Specialist in Pediatrics (attending physician, general practitioner, clinical fellow in Pediatrics)

This Program reflects the NUSOM commitment to the development of physician-scholars, who are comfortable with evidence-based patient care and medical practice, integrating the clinical work at the bedside with the research of pathological and molecular mechanisms of diseases in the laboratory. All that is possible thanks to the academic and clinical integration between the University Medical Center (UMC) and NUSOM Facilities, in addition to the cooperation with several Pediatric Hospitals in Nur-Sultan and our strategic partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and, in particular, with the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital.

Learning outcomes

The Program Learning Outcomes (LOs) are consistent with the ACGME Pediatric Milestone Project, which provides a framework for the transversal and longitudinal assessment of the Resident’s progression in all key dimensions, skills and competencies required in Pediatrics and its subspecialties.

By the end of the Pediatrics Residency Program, the residents are required to achieve the graduation target in the majority of the ACGME Milestones for Pediatrics, as follows:

1. Patient Care:

  • Gathering essential and accurate information about the patient;
  • Organizing and prioritizing responsibilities to provide patient care that is safe, effective, and efficient;
  • Providing transfer of care that ensures seamless transitions;

Making informed diagnostic and therapeutic decisions, resulting in optimal clinical judgment;

  • Developing and carrying out medical management plans.

2. Medical Knowledge:

  • Critically evaluating and applying current medical information and scientific evidence for patient care;

3. Professionalism:

  • Demonstrating humanism, compassion, integrity, and respect for others based on the characteristics of an empathetic practitioner (Humanism);
  • Demonstrating a sense of duty and accountability to patients, society and the profession (Professionalization);
  • Achieving high standards of ethical behavior, which includes conserving appropriate professional boundaries (Professional Conduct);
  • Developing the ability to use self-awareness of knowledge, skills, and emotional limitations to engage in appropriate help-seeking behaviors;
  • Demonstrating trustworthiness that makes colleagues feel secure when one is responsible for the care of patients;
  • Recognizing that ambiguity is part of clinical medicine and respond by utilizing appropriate resources in dealing with uncertainty.

4. Practice-based Learning and Improvement:

  • Identifying strengths, deficiencies, and limits in one’s knowledge and expertise;
  • Identifying and performing appropriate learning activities to guide personal and professional development;
  • Systematically analyzing practice by using quality improvement methods with the goal of practice improvement;
  • Incorporating formative evaluation/feedback into daily practice.

5. System-based Practice:

  • Coordinating patient care within the health system relevant to their clinical specialty;
  • Advocating for quality patient care and optimal care systems;
  • Working in inter-professional and multi-disciplinary teams to enhance patient safety and improve patient care quality.

6. Interpersonal and Communication Skills:

  • Communicating effectively with patients and families;
  • Demonstrating the insight and understanding into emotion and human response to emotion that allows one to appropriately develop and manage human interactions.

Clinical rotation sites:

  • UMC National Research Center for Mother and Child Health
  • UMC Republican Diagnostic Center
  • Children’s City Hospital #2
  • Children’s Clinic for Infectious Diseases #2
  • Cardiac Surgery Research Center

How to apply

STEP 1. Create your personal account

Register on portal to create a Personal Account. Read the instructions about the application procedure given in your Personal account.

STEP 2. Complete your Application Form and attach the required documents

Fill out the application form and attach the required documents:

  1. Scanned copy of a National ID card or passport;
  2. Scanned copy of secondary school or higher education institution certificate (attestat/diploma) with final academic performance or certificate from the school (spravka) according to the sample in the personal account;
  3. Motivation letter in English;
  4. Valid copies of certificates. The results of standardized tests must be sent directly to the University through test administrators.

STEP 3. Pay an application fee

The application fee is paid online via your personal account with a bank card.

The amount to pay is 5 000 tenge. All application fees are non-refundable.

Step 4. Finish the registration process

Finish the registration process by pressing the “Submit application” button. After submission applicants can’t change their applications.

Step 5. Upload IELTS/TOEFL certificates

Upload IELTS/TOEFL certificates in your personal account in the section "Upload IELTS/TOEFL" and fill up the required information about the certificate.

Further steps

Check your e-mail for notifications from the NU Admissions Department and your personal account to learn about your application status.

If you experience any difficulties with the registration or online application, please contact Refer to your IIN and/or Applicant ID while sending us your requests.

Entry requirements

Applicants applying to the Program for unconditional admission are expected to have:
  • MD or an equivalent terminal medical degree (highest level medical qualification which provides the eligibility to obtain registration or certification to practice as an independent practitioner in the country), obtained in a recognized university according to the World Directory of Medical Schools. During the application period, final year students may submit official current transcripts for consideration. Applicants recommended for admission must provide final transcript and diploma before the end of the Program’s enrollment term. Graduates of the University are enrolled based on the evidence of the final transcript confirming the degree completion followed by diploma submission within a month;
  • An overall IELTS test score of 7.0 or higher (with no sub-score less than 6.0 in each section), or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website;
  • IFOM Basic Science Exam (BSE) or USMLE Step1 test report;
  • high level of motivation and a strong interest in the Program outlined in the personal statement;
  • 2 (two) confidential letters of recommendation.

The relevance of the academic and experiential background and the equivalency and appropriateness of earlier degrees will be determined by the Admissions Committee.

Applicants to the Program, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test report if:
  • MD or equivalent terminal medical degree was earned in a country with English as the language of official communication, academic instruction and daily life;
  • MD or equivalent terminal medical degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English;
  • the applicant is a graduate of Nazarbayev University.

List of documents to be submitted by the applicants

  • Complete application form;
  • National ID or passport;
  • Official document confirming name change (if applicable);
  • MD or equivalent terminal medical diploma with transcript;
  • IELTS or TOEFL test report/certificate valid as of the date of online documents submission to the Programs (if applicable);
  • IFOM Basic Science Exam (BSE) or USMLE step 1 test report;
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation written within the last 12 months from academic or clinical referees preferably related to the specific residency program (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy) ;
  • Personal statement (up to 500 words);
  • 075у medical certificate (for Kazakhstani candidates) or a similar medical certificate with indication of general health or other documents as requested by the University (for international candidates);
  • The document stating the presence or absence of a criminal record.

Important dates

Online application deadline for the Residency program in Pediatrics: June 4, 2023 inclusive (23:59 Astana time).

Status assigned to the candidate

All registered candidates can check the status of their application in the Personal account. Description of the status below is presented in the order of assignment to the candidate in the Personal account.

Application in processing. This is interim status, which means that the application is being processed. Admissions Committee will evaluate the application and inform the candidate on further steps/stages. Notification on final results will be sent to your email address.

Does not meet entry requirements. The status is assigned to the candidates who do not meet the minimum entry requirements. It is given after checking the application forms and the documents by the Admissions Department.

Disqualified. The status is assigned to candidates who are disqualified for gross violations of the conditions of the competition. For example, provided deliberately false information.

Rejected by Admissions Committee. At one of the competition stages, the Admissions Committee decided to reject the candidate’s application.

Transfer to another program. At the stage of an application screening the Admissions Committee has decided to recommend the candidate for consideration by the Admissions Committee of another program within the same School.

Pending. Candidate’s application is pending.

Waiting list. The Admissions Committee has finished reviewing the candidate’s application and made a decision to put you on a waiting list. Such candidates should expect notification from the University, as there is a possibility that if other candidates reject to study, they may be sent an invitation letter to study.

Recommended for admission to Zero Year of Graduate programs. The Admissions Committee has decided to recommend the candidate for the Zero Year of Graduate program. “Zero Year of Graduate programs” is a two-semester full-time program for candidates, who do not meet the language requirements for direct admission to Master’s programs, with intensive language, academic and research preparation for Master’s programs.

Recommended for admission to program. Admissions Committee has decided to recommend candidate for the program without going through the Zero Year of Graduate programs.

Recommended for conditional admission. The Admissions Committee has decided to recommend a candidate for the conditional admission with a requirement to fulfill the condition by the deadline specified in the notification.

Withdrawn. Candidate decided to withdraw from the competition.

Accepted Program admission offer. The status is assigned to candidates who received offer letter, signed Enrollment confirmation form and fulfilled all the сonditions of the University indicated in the offer letter.

Accepted Zero Year of Graduate programs admission offer. The status is assigned to candidates who received offer letter to Zero Year of Graduate program, signed Enrollment confirmation form and fulfilled all the сonditions of the University indicated in the offer letter.

Refused admission offer. The candidate was recommended for admission, but refused to study.

Refused in favor of another NU program. The status is applicable for those candidates, who applied for several graduate programs at NU. The status is assigned when the candidate chooses another program.

Deferred. The status is assigned to candidates who were accepted for the program, but decided to postpone their studies until the next year.

Did not submit the documents/Refused. The status assigned to candidates who did not provide originals of the documents by the stated deadline, which means that the candidate refuses to study at University.

Did not come to Orientation week/Refused. The status is assigned to candidates who accepted the offer letter, provided hard copies of documents, but did not participate in Orientation week. The vacant place, if available, can be offered to the candidates in the Waiting list.

Enrolled to program. The status is assigned to candidates who enrolled to the main program by the Decision of the Provost. Candidate officially became a student.

Enrolled to Zero Year of Graduate programs. The status is assigned to candidates who enrolled to the Zero Year of Graduate program by the Decision of the Provost. Candidate officially became a student.



The “Intern” year (year-1) focuses on the clinical experience with children affected with acute and chronic illnesses, who are admitted into several inpatient divisions of the Clinical Academic Department of Pediatrics, under the supervision of UMC Attending Physicians and/or NUSOM Faculty.

The residents will pass through a series of 8-week rotations in the following inpatient specialty divisions:

  • General Pediatrics (including Pediatric Gastroenterology and Endocrinology, NRCMCH)
  • Pediatric Rheumatology (NRCMCH)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU, NRCMHC)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU, NRCMHC)
  • Pediatric Hematology (NRCMHC)
  • Pediatric Neurology, Disabilities and Rehabilitation (NCRC)

PL-2 Year

The second year will be devoted to acquiring additional clinical skills, developing more independence, and gaining more experience in leadership and supervision. The clinical experience will be provided in both inpatient and outpatient services of general and specialist pediatrics.

These clinical skills will be developed through a series of 8-week rotations in inpatient departments (both general and subspecialty pediatric teams):

  • Pediatric Neurology (NRCMCH)
  • Neonatology and Delivery Room (NRCMCH)
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease (extra-UMC hospital to be agreed)
  • Pediatric Emergencies (extra-UMC hospital to be agreed)
  • Pediatric Cardiology (National Research Cardiac Surgery Center, to be confirmed)
  • Pediatric Oncology (NRCMCH)

Concomitantly, the Residents will have some longitudinal clinical experiences, to be defined through an individual schedule.

PL-3 Year

The year-3 will consist of elective rotations which will be agreed upon and tailored by the Program Director and Program Evaluation Committee, which will allow each Resident to shape their own clinical training according to the areas of clinical and research interest. Therefore, in addition to specific and additional hospital experiences (to prepare the residents for a future specialist career and eventually for Clinical Fellowship Programs), other opportunities can be represented by community service opportunities (like rotations in either a rural practice or urban locations) rather than a specific project of clinical and translational research between the hospitals and the laboratory.


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