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The DC Metropolitan Area

You may also hear it called the National Capital Region or the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia)

Residents, faculty, and staff live all around the D.C. metro area, with most living within a 15 mile radius of the hospital. Our hospital is located in Bethesda, MD, the in the most walk-friendly, bike-friendly, and transit-friendly location of military training facilities.

There’s never a dull moment in the city, with it’s lively festivals (National Cherry Blossom Festival and Passport DC), sports games (Go Nats!), museums, diverse (and even Michelin-star) restaurants, and proximity to the National Monuments. 

But the country is not too far away either. Some of the best hiking is only 20 minutes from the city and Shenandoah National Park makes for a great weekend getaway just an hour and a half drive from downtown. Looking to escape a little farther? The DC area has 3 easily accessible airports (DCA, IAD, BWI) and a train station that can get you anywhere you need to be.

As an NCC Pediatrics resident, you will be rotating at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Children's National Hospital (CNH), INOVA Fairfax, and Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center.  

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Washington, DC

DC is divided into multiple neighborhoods that have their own distinct personalities. You can get pretty much everywhere using the metro, riding a bike/scooter, or even walking. See below for the metro map and for more information regarding DC.

Looking for more sight seeing and history/arts? Check out Anacostia, Capitol Hill, Foggy Bottom, Ivy City, National Mall, Shaw, Upper Northwest (Glover Park, Tenley Town, Friendship Heights, Woodley Park

More of a foodie? Check out Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Downtown, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Logan Circle, Mount Vernon Square, NoMa, the Wharf, U Street

Want to catch a sports game? Check out Capitol Riverfront for a Nats Baseball game and DC United Soccer game or Penn Quarter/Chinatown for a Capitals Hockey game and Washington Wizards Basketball game

Areas residents live/have lived in: Friendship Heights, Van Ness, Tenley Town, Cleveland Park, Woodley Park/Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle


Both conveniently just over the DC line and a little more laid back from hustle of downtown D.C, you will find several Maryland cities.

Chevy Chase, Bethesda (where WRNMMC is located), and Silver Spring, are all known for unique downtown experiences filled with shopping and amazing restaurants.

Just north of Bethesda you will find Rockville which offers a more residential atmosphere while still having everything at your convenience. 

Trails to check out: Bethesda Trolley Trail, Rock Creek Trail

About an hour away you will find: Baltimore (check out the National Aquarium and Guinness Brewery), Annapolis, and Frederick.

Areas residents live/have lived in: Rockville/Gaithersburg, North Bethesda, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Kensington/Wheaton, Germantown


Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia offers a variety of sights and activities, both near and short drive away from DC.

Just across the Potomac River from DC, you can find Arlington where you can walk through Arlington National Cemetery, as well as the U.S. Air Force Memorial and the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial.

Visit Alexandria for history and shopping or take a trip to George Washington's home in Mount Vernon.

Tour history at the National Museum of the United States Army, the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Go to the countryside to take a break at one of the hundreds of wineries in the area as well as hike Great Falls Park, drive to Shenandoah National Park for camping, and explore caves at Luray Caverns. 


You will find plenty of shopping at Old Town Alexandria or Tysons Corner Center.

Areas residents live/have lived in: Arlington, Alexandria

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