Pediatrics Residency Educational Program

Pediatric residency training at USA is designed to prepare residents for either private practice or subspecialty training. The flexible nature of the subspecialty and elective schedule in the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years permits ample opportunity for subspecialty exposure and supervised research activity for residents interested in pursuing an academic career. A wide variety of clinical experiences are coupled with regularly scheduled didactic conferences and a Core Curriculum program.

Resident Progress

  • PGY-1 The first year resident functions as the primary physician for children on the pediatric inpatient service, the nursery, the clinic and the
    emergency room. The PGY-1 is responsible for the initial history and physical examination, developing an assessment and management plan, performing general pediatric diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, communicating with parents and consulting services, and instructing medical students on pediatric clerkships.
  • PGY-2 The second year resident assumes a more supervisory role on the inpatient, clinic, emergency room and nursery services as well as a more intensive involvement in the instruction of medical students. The PGY-2 should advance towards independence in the management of routine ambulatory and inpatient pediatric problems and begin to develop expertise in subspecialty areas, including pediatric critical care.
  • PGY-3 The third year resident is the leader of the pediatric inpatient teams. The PGY-3 supervises PGY-1's, PGY-2's, family practice and psychiatric residents on the pediatric service, and junior and senior medical students and physician assistant students on pediatric clerkships. It is anticipated the PGY-3 will demonstrate progressive independence in the assessment and management of complex problems in pediatrics.


Number of months per year on each rotation:

   PGY 1  PGY 2  PGY 3
 Clinic & Community Pediatrics  2    2
 Newborn Nursery  1  1  
 Subspecialty  1  2  1
 Ward  4  2  3
 PICU    2  1
 NICU  1  1  1
 ER  2    1
 Adolescent Medicine  1    
 Development/Behavior    1  
 Individualized Curriculum: Subspecialty    2  1
 Individualized Curriculum: Elective    1  2


Morning Report is attended by all students, residents, and faculty involved in the inpatient service at USA Children's and Women's Hospital. This conference focuses on evidence-based solutions to clinical issues related to recent admissions.

Grand Rounds is a weekly didactic conference presented by faculty of the pediatric department, supporting faculty from other departments and guest lecturers. Grand Rounds topics are chosen to address new information in the field of Pediatrics as well as the core educational objectives of pediatric residency education. Grand Rounds attendance is open to all interested individuals within the university and community.

Pediatric Case Conference is a weekly conference focusing on clinical application of the Core Curriculum content for that week. Pediatric Conference attendance is open to all interested individuals within the university and community.

Residency Conference is a weekly conference and is primarily an interactive conference that addresses topics and skills important to the practice of pediatrics as well as periodic residency business meetings. Lunch is provided. Active participation is strongly encouraged. This conference is open primarily to residents.

Subspecialty Conferences are held during most of the subspecialty rotations and consist of regular conferences and/or small group seminars. These conferences range from multi-disciplinary to one-on-one sessions.

Core Curriculum

Each month a different area of pediatrics is focused on through the Core Curriculum.  The content is organized to assist preparation for the American Board of Pediatrics Certification Examination.  This program consists of weekly reading assignments accompanied by online study guides, followed by a case conference to assist in applying the studied information.  At the end of the month, there is an online examination based on the month's content.  Resident participation is tracked through study guide completion, conference attendance and participation, and successful completion of the examinations. There are monthly awards for the top few residents with the highest level of participation.

Continuity Clinic

Each resident has one half-day per week continuity clinic scheduled. The children in continuity clinic are followed for the entire duration of the resident's training. Well children are followed for health promotion visits, children with acute illnesses are managed, and children with chronic illnesses are followed concurrently with pediatric subspecialists. The patients are seen by their regular resident physician for as many of their health care visits as possible. This experience simulates the usual practice of private pediatricians. It also helps the resident learn longitudinal, ongoing care of children with acute and special health care needs in a way that no month-long rotation can provide. Residents follow 150 or more families through the continuity clinic during residency.

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