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Residency program requirements

Pediatric residency program requirements

Level 1 (PGY-1)

The goal of the first year of pediatric training is to provide the new resident with the experience and skills necessary to care for patients with competence and compassion. To achieve this goal, a variety of opportunities for the resident exist.

Pediatric residents at CHoRIn the clinics and on the inpatient units, the PGY-1 resident works under the supervision of senior residents and pediatric faculty members to provide primary care to all pediatric patients. An extensive schedule of educational conferences and lectures is developed for each academic year. Conferences in July and August are designed to review important aspects of acute pediatric care for incoming PGY-1s. Throughout the year, daily resident case conferences and noon conferences cover a core curriculum in all aspects of pediatrics. A full schedule of departmental and subspecialty conferences maintain the foundation of instruction by providing the resident with basic problem-solving skills and introducing them to new frontiers in pediatric practice.

Each inpatient service also provides learning experiences during daily work rounds with the ward resident and during regular teaching rounds with the attending. Ancillary health team members, including nursing staff, social service personnel, chaplains, hospital teachers, occupational and physical therapists, dietitians and pharmacists, often join the medical staff during rounds. PGY-1s on inpatient services participate in teaching third-year medical students.

PGY-1s have four weeks of night shift under the supervision of upper-level residents.

Level 2 (PGY-2)

The PGY-2 program provides the resident with intensive training through manager-style clinical rotations in various pediatric subspecialties, including adolescent medicine and inpatient hematology/oncology. Each subspecialty has a core curriculum consisting of specific readings, self-teaching units, slides, lectures and discussion sessions. The resident performs consultations for hospitalized patients and works closely with the faculty in managing subspecialty clinics and evaluating private patients.

PGY-2 residents will select an individualized longitudinal experience to create flexibility in their residency curriculum and encourage them to develop overall career goals early in their residency career. These tracts include primary care or adolescent medicine, public health/global health/advocacy, and subspecialty tracts. The longitudinal experience includes two weeks of half-day didactics with curricula developed by a tract director.

On the inpatient wards, the PGY-2s spend four weeks on the hematology/oncology service, occasionally with an intern or fellow. The residents use the skills from their PGY-1 year to serve as the primary care provider while having direct support and supervision as they take on more independent roles in patient management. In addition, the PGY-2 serves as the junior house officer and shares duties with the PGY-3 on general ward rotations. During this month, he/she also is the designated teaching resident, with responsibility for leading teaching sessions for medical students and performing literature searches on clinical questions that arise during rounds. Each senior resident does one 24-hour shift per week on the general ward rotations.

Overnight coverage for the inpatient ward teams is provided by a night shift system. Each PGY-2 resident does four weeks of night shift over the course of the year. Night shift duties consist of supervising the PGY-1s in their clinic decisions, and managing the inpatient hematology/oncology team and newborn nursery. The PGY-3 managing the other teams is available for assistance.

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Pediatric residency curriculum opportunities

Our curriculum emphasizes the delivery of compassionate medical care, an active role in child advocacy, a dedication to community service, a plan for lifelong learning and a desire for the advancement of medical knowledge. These are the essential qualities that we believe define an exceptional pediatrician.

Learn more about our curriculum:

Curriculum overview
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Become a CHoR resident

Residents are selected through the National Resident Matching Program. You must apply using the ERAS System.

How to apply