The first year of residency training allows residents to acquire clinical competence, make medical decisions under the supervision of senior residents and faculty members, and to participate in the training of third-year medical students. During the second year, residents assume increased patient care responsibilities, assist in the training of junior residents, and begin subspecialty rotations. The third year provides increased responsibility for inpatient and outpatient care, as well as elective rotations. At this level, residents are expected to perform as a supervisory generalist pediatrician.
Always innovative, the Pediatric Residency Program has spearheaded the launch of the residency's online platform (e-GME). Residents can now access all of their rotation materials online (e.g., orientation information, goals and objectives, required reading, links to websites, videos, discussion forums, etc.). In addition, all lectures now can be live-streamed from an off-site location or can be viewed later. The online platform creatively enables residents to learn with many different multimedia tools while ensuring that all American Board of Pediatric Content Specifications are covered.
Our Pediatric Conference Schedule is another residency feature that helps residents learn all they need to know to pass their board exams. Our program has 13 four-week blocks per year; each block covers a different educational theme based on the American Board of Pediatric Content Specifications. (See themes for block schedule.) One of the best features about our block theme schedule is that, every year, Block 1 is Introduction to Pediatrics, where residents learn the basics and fundamentals of pediatrics. Resident conferences take place 12-4 p.m. every Friday. This is truly protected education time: The inpatient unit and nursery are covered by a nurse practitioner; the attending physicians cover the PICU and the NICU, and the clinic is closed. It is incredible to focus completely on education without phones and pagers going off.
Four hours of block conference may sound sedating; however, the residency program uses many modes of learning (case discussions, audience response, games, live patients, etc.) to keep everyone interested and actively participating. In addition to Friday block conferences, the residency also sponsors a weekly Grand Rounds on Wednesday mornings and biweekly case reports from 12:30-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Click here for a sample education conference schedule.
Weekly continuity clinics provide the centerpiece of ambulatory training and constitute protected time from other clinical responsibilities. Additionally, the program provides a general clinic, a newborn follow-up clinic, acute care clinics, Pediatric Emergency Department, office practice experience and community pediatric experiences. Pediatric subspecialties available on site include the following: adolescence, apnea clinic, asthma/ BPD clinic, attention deficit disorders, cardiology, clinical psychology, developmental assessment clinic, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, genetics, intensive care, hematology/ oncology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric orthopaedics, pediatric surgery, regional hemophilia center and sickle cell.
A pediatric research laboratory provides additional experience in infectious diseases and hematology. These experiences provide basic teaching in gram staining and office microbiology, interpretation of peripheral blood smears and examination of the bone marrow. Clinical research is encouraged under the guidance of the Research Center and the faculty. All residents are expected to develop and complete one research or scholarly activity project during residency.
For more information about our residency and Hurley Medical Center, contact the Pediatric office at (810) 262-9283.