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Pediatric Residency Curriculum

Pediatric Residency Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed around the educational needs of our residents rather than being dictated by the needs of the hospital.

Overview

Our curriculum is designed around the educational needs of our residents rather than being dictated by the needs of the hospital. As such, we have an appropriate balance of outpatient and inpatient experiences, and we provide an extensive individualized curriculum that goes far beyond the requirements of the ACGME. Our goal is that each of our residents graduate as a competent outpatient and inpatient general pediatrician who is also well prepared for the next step in his or her career. This balanced approach is reflected in the fact that approximately half of our recent graduates went into either primary care or hospital medicine, while the other half pursued fellowship training.

Highlights

Underserved Medicine - this four-week rotation includes clinical time at two pediatric clinics in Harrisburg, PA, in inpatient and outpatient child abuse settings. It also features a wide-variety of non-clinical experiences that expose residents to many community resources that can assist their patients. These experiences include:

  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Children and youth
  • Home nursing
  • Lactation services
  • Pediatric rehabilitation/care coordination
  • Early intervention
  • Opioid clinic

Also offered is time meeting with lawmakers and lobbyists at the state capitol and time at the Penn State Law School working with a children's advocacy program. 

Adolescent Medicine: The primary clinical site for this four-week rotation is the Milton Hershey School, a large, cost-free, private boarding school for children from families of low income and limited resources. The rotation also includes time in clinics for adolescent gynecology, opioids and eating disorders.

Curriculum

Traditionally, the first year of residency is focused heavily on inpatient rotations, with little time for electives. In our program, the first year is well balanced and purposely includes time for electives as part of the individualized curriculum. In addition to four weeks of vacation, the first year rotations are:

Inpatient

  • Hospitalist team – 6-8 weeks
  • Inpatient GI/Cardiology/Nephrology team – 2-4 weeks
  • Inpatient Pulmonology team - 4 weeks
  • Night team – 6 weeks (divided into three rotations)
  • Newborn nursery – 2 weeks
  • Neonatal ICU – 4 weeks

Outpatient

  • Acute clinic – 4 weeks
  • Underserved medicine – 4 weeks
  • Adolescent medicine – 4 weeks
  • Emergency medicine – 4 weeks

Individualized curriculum: 6 weeks

Highlights

Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics: Led by one of our most dedicated educators, this rotation includes time in a broadly focused developmental-behavioral clinic, plus time focused on:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Speech therapy
  • Audiology
  • Palliative care
  • ADHD
  • Feeding disorders
  • PKU
  • Tic disorders
  • Autism
  • Behavior modification
  • Educational evaluation
  • Brain injury

Pediatric Surgical Specialties - this rotation includes clinical time with cardiac surgery, general surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, concussion program, ENT, and ophthalmology.

Curriculum

The second year continues to offer a balanced curriculum, along with increased time for electives as part of the individualized curriculum. In addition to four weeks of vacation, the second year rotations are as follows:

Inpatient

  • Inpatient GI/Cardiology/Nephrology team – 2 to 4 weeks
  • Inpatient Pulmonology team - 2 to 4 weeks
  • Inpatient Hematology–oncology–stem cell transplant team – 4 weeks
  • Night team – 4 weeks (divided into two rotations)
  • Pediatric ICU – 4 weeks
  • Neonatal ICU – 4 weeks

Outpatient

  • Developmental/behavioral pediatrics – 4 weeks
  • Emergency medicine – 4 weeks
  • Emergency department consults – 2 weeks
  • Surgical specialties – 2 weeks

Individualized curriculum: 14 weeks

Curriculum

The third year curriculum focuses on leadership opportunities and on the individualized curriculum. Although it appears as if most rotations are in the inpatient setting, most residents will spend the majority of individualized time in the outpatient setting, including a very popular elective at the Milton Hershey School. The variable duration of many rotations shown below reflects a further attempt to individualize education in the program.

In addition to four weeks of vacation, the third year rotations are as follows:

Inpatient

  • Hospitalist team – 4 to 8 weeks
  • Hybrid hospitalist team and delivery room at UPMC Pinnacle – 2 weeks
  • Inpatient Hematology-oncology-stem cell transplant team – 0 to 4 weeks
  • Pediatric ICU – 4 to 6 weeks
  • Newborn nursery – 2 to 4 weeks

Outpatient

  • Acute Clinic - 4 weeks
  • Day time ED Consult - 0 to 2 weeks
  • Overnight ED Consult – 2 to 4 weeks

Individualized curriculum: 18 weeks

Individualized education philosophy

The ACGME requires us to provide 24-weeks of individualized education. We convey the philosophy of needs of the resident interests over the need of the hospital and offer a total of 9.5 blocks (38 weeks) of individualized education, many of which can be broken up into two-week experiences. In addition, variable scheduling on inpatient rotations in the third year creates another 10 weeks of somewhat individualized time.

Punit Jhaveri, MD, serves as the director of individualized education. In this role, he is given time away from his clinical responsibilities for the specific purpose of helping residents choose rotations for the following year. We can individualize certain rotations to coincide with the resident's career goals. Note that we have very purposely stayed away from "tracks" in the design of our curriculum. We are a program that is large enough to offer virtually every possible rotation, but we are also small enough to design individualized programs without needing to rely on tracks.

Although there are a few rules to follow regarding the choice of rotations, most residents are simply able to take the desired rotations from the list below:

  • Abuse/neglect
  • Acute clinic
  • Adolescent medicine
  • Allergy/immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Breastfeeding
  • Cardiology
  • Complex care
  • Dermatology
  • Eating disorders
  • Emergency medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Hospitalist
  • Infectious diseases
  • LifeLion
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • NICU
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Palliative care/hospice
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric surgery
  • PICU
  • Pulmonology
  • Private practice
  • Procedures
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Research
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports medicine
  • Urban primary care
  • Weight management (obesity) clinic
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