The Pediatrics Residency Program curriculum is designed with two major goals:

  1. To train generalist pediatricians with an emphasis on ambulatory and primary care and to provide a firm foundation in general pediatrics for those seeking subspecialty training
  2. To prepare Pediatric residents for successful board certification in pediatrics

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.

Scholarly activity

All residents are expected to develop and complete one research or scholarly activity project during residency.

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The places you will go

Virtual tour of Hurley Pediatrics

With a pandemic in progress and restricted travel, it can be challenging to get a feel for a hospital's campus when you can't visit in person. Here's a virtual tour of some of the places you will visit most as a resident at Hurley Children's Hospital (which is inside Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Mich.).

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Pediatric Residency Program Features

Weekly clinics, subspecialties, ...

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.

Resident Education


Always innovative, the Pediatric Residency Program spearheaded the launch of the the hospital's online platform (e-GME). Residents can access all of their rotation materials online (e.g., orientation information, goals and objectives, required reading, links to websites, videos, discussion forums, etc.). Lectures can be live-streamed from an off-site location or can be viewed later. The online platform creatively enables residents to learn with many multimedia tools while ensuring that all American Board of Pediatric Content Specifications are covered.

Active learning

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. Here's a sample education conference schedule.

Friday conferences 1-4 p.m.

Our Pediatric Conference Schedule helps residents learn all they need to know to pass their board exams. Each of our 13 blocks covers a different educational theme based on the American Board of Pediatric Content Specifications. (See themes for block schedule.) Block 1 is always Introduction to Pediatrics, where residents learn the basics and fundamentals. This is truly protected education time: The inpatient unit and nursery are covered by a nurse practitioner; attending physicians cover PICU and NICU, and the clinic is closed. It is incredible to focus completely on education without phones and pagers going off.

Evidence-based learning

Unique educational series

See our core conference block themes here. Below are our other educational offerings.

  1. Evidence-Based Pediatrics
  2. Pediatric Journal Club
  3. Pediatric Research Implementation, Dissemination and Education (PRIDE)
  4. Learning Development with Real Children
  5. Ethics and Professionalism
  6. Communication Skills
  7. Residents as Teachers
  8. Jeopardy-Style Games
  9. Pediatric Grand Rounds
  10. Clinico-Pathological Conference (CPC)
  11. Morbidity and Mortality Conference (M&M)
  12. Mock Codes
  13. All GME Conferences (Business of Medicine, Risk Management, e-Professionalism, etc.)
  14. Procedure Week
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Making a difference

This is why we're here

Hurley pediatric residents work as part of the entire health-care team, whether it's making rounds to discuss care plans with patients, families and other health professionals, or whether it's making just-for-fun videos. This YouTube hit, Fight Song, features residents, staff, patients and families at Hurley Children's Hospital. While we made it for fun, it is very meaningful to us. It shows why we do what we do. In Hurley's Pediatric Residency, we keep the patient and the family as our top priority. (Recording artist Rachel Platten gave us permission to use this song for this purpose.)

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