Intern year focuses on improving information synthesis and medical decision-making. First year residents hone their skills during 3 months of inpatient General Pediatrics and 3 months of inpatient Subspecialty services. They learn to deliver high acuity care during ED and NICU rotations and develop a greater facility with issues of growth and development during their Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics Rotation.
Second year residents spend 2 months each in the PICU, NICU, and ED to further cultivate their abilities managing high acuity patients. They also assume supervisory responsibilities on subspecialty services and General Pediatrics night team rotations and learn to be career advocates for children during the Community rotation. With the support of faculty mentors they begin to tailor their training through the creation of an individual curriculum.
Experiences this year complete a trainee’s preparation for their subsequent role as an independent physician. PL-3’s spend 4 months as supervising residents on General Pediatrics wards and a month in our community-practice hospital, Scottish Rite. They continue their individual curriculum with ongoing mentor guidance as they pursue their ultimate career goals.
During the PL-1 and PL-2 year residents spend a half-day per week in the Pediatric Appointment Clinic at Hughes Spalding. During the PL-3 year residents have the option of spending their clinic time in either a community pediatric practice or a subspecialty clinic depending on their career path.