Curriculum by Residency Training Year
This is an exciting time in Pediatric Residency Education! New ACGME requirements will be implemented for all pediatric residency programs on July 1, 2013. Our program has a curriculum committee which meets weekly to review and evaluate our current curriculum and make changes as needed. We anticipate that pediatric residents starting July 1, 2013 will have the following rotations, and we will update the website if changes are made.
Continuity Clinic occurs at least one half day per week over the 3 years of training. Residents have 3 weeks of vacation each year that are taken in a one week and a two week block. Residents receive additional time away for holidays including a special holiday schedule for Christmas and New Years.
Elective Subspecialty Rotations
Resident will be required to fulfill a minimum of four core subspecialty rotations within their three years.
- Infectious Disease
Additional pediatric electives offered:
- Ambulatory General Pediatrics
- Behavioral Developmental
- Child Psychiatry
- Combined Specialty Elective
- Emergency Medicine
- Pediatric Rehabilitation
- Sports Medicine
The descriptions below are accurate for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Pediatric Inpatient wards
Our inpatient census is divided into 4 teams. Our Red and Purple team primarily cares for our General Pediatric admissions under the supervision of pediatric hospitalists. Our Green team primarily cares for our Hematology/Oncology, GI, and Endocrinology inpatients. Our Blue team cares for Cardiology inpatient services. During the day, Blue Team is covered by a PGY2 resident. The Red Team, Purple Team, and Green team are each composed of 1 senior resident and 1-2 interns. Interns and residents rotate between the four teams throughout their training. The Night Team consists of one senior resident and two interns.
During your PGY-1 year you will work directly with a Cleveland Clinic Children’s neonatologist in the community based Level III NICU at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital. You will have 1:1 teaching experiences in this setting, which will make you well prepared for your PGY-2 NICU experience at Cleveland’s Metro Health Medical Center in their Level III, 49 bed unit. Teams consist of neonatologists, NICU fellows, residents and interns, as well as neonatal nurse practitioners. The experience includes management of deliveries, neonatal resuscitation, acute and chronic neonatal issues, and performance of invasive procedures.
As PGY-2 and PGY-3, you will rotate through our 25-bed intensive care unit. You will be exposed to a variety of critically ill medical and surgical pediatric patients including: congenital heart disease, acute respiratory distress, toxic ingestions, encephalitis, and transplant recipients. You will work directly with our PICU staff that are in-house 24/7, managing critically ill patients and gaining experience performing a variety of procedures.
Normal Newborn Nursery
This experience takes place at our Cleveland Clinic affiliate, Hillcrest Hospital where over 4,000 deliveries occur annually. As an intern, you will work in the nursery with a pediatric hospitalist and become competent in the newborn exam, common newborn issues, and in delivery room resuscitation skills. Your experience in delivery room resuscitation skills is under the supervision of our Neonatology staff.
The adolescent medicine rotation is a 4-week, required outpatient module designed to highlight the unique needs of this transitional age group. Clinic time is spent at the main campus, Euclid Free Clinic, and various other community outreach centers. There is extensive exposure to the care of patients with complex eating disorders, the medically underserved, menstrual irregularities, sexually transmitted diseases, and substance abuse.
Community Pediatrics and Child Health Advocacy
The community medicine rotation is a 4-week, required outpatient rotation that introduces residents to the collaboration needed between pediatricians and community-based organizations to optimize the care we give to our patients. The rotation also gives residents exposure to public health policy and child health advocacy. The rotation assignments are individualized based on the resident's choice of topic. A variety of experiences is available and includes visits with multiple community-based organizations such as Women, Infants and Children (W.I.C.) and the American Sickle Cell Anemia Association. They work in general pediatrics clinics providing care to the medically underserved and multidisciplinary clinics which address public health issues such as obesity and lead exposures. Residents learn about governmental health policy. They receive media training. They also complete the intern requirement for evidence-based medicine.
General Pediatrics / Behavioral Development
This month combines out-patient general pediatrics with an introduction to behavioral pediatrics. The outpatient general pediatric experiences takes place in one of our many ambulatory pediatric practices, either on the main campus or in one of our numerous community based pediatric practices in our Cleveland Clinic Regional Medical Practice. During this month, residents are assigned to the practice site where they have their weekly continuity clinic, providing an excellent opportunity for you to form patient relationships and build their practice.
Throughout the module you will also attend scheduled clinical and didactic sessions with our pediatric psychology staff, aimed toward providing experience in managing the common behavioral and development problems most frequently encountered in general pediatric practice. These educational sessions include topics such as: ADHD, behavioral interventions, learning assessments and Psychological/Psychiatric evaluations. The goal is for the resident to gain expertise in the assessment and management of common pediatric behavior issues, and then apply this knowledge in the care of the patients encountered in their continuity clinic practice.
Cleveland Clinic Children's for Rehabilitation
The majority of the month your time will be spent at our free-standing Cleveland Clinic Children’s for Rehabilitation. This facility is also home to our Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, the Judith M. Pediatric Dialysis Unit and Community-Based Services for Children with Special Needs. You will experience the initial work-up and management of children with ADHD, Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Down syndrome, feeding aversion disorders, children with hearing impairment, and cerebral palsy. Throughout the module you will interact with and learn from our team of developmental specialists, child psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech pathologists.
Surgery / Anesthesia
This required, 4-week elective rotation done as a PGY-2 gives the resident an opportunity to develop procedural skills, specifically endotracheal intubation, along with exposure to the pediatric surgical subspecialties. This rotation benefits all pediatricians regardless of ultimate career path. Clinical time is spent working directly with pediatric anesthesiologists performing intubations in the operating room. Participation in other procedures, such as venous access, may also be included. Two additional weeks are spent in a variety of outpatient pediatric surgical clinics, during which time there may be opportunity to assist in the operating room. The resident on this rotation also serves as the primary backup to assist when needed on the inpatient service.
Emergency Medicine and Acute Care / Illness
Each year your experience in managing acute illness and emergency medicine will vary as you spend time in different settings. PGY-1 interns will work in an ambulatory acute care/illness clinic. They will also spend two weeks in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Hillcrest Hospital. PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents work in emergency departments at Cleveland Clinic Children's Emergency Departments located at Hillcrest and Fairview Hospitals. You will have increasing responsibility providing pediatric emergency care under the supervision of our Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Emergency Medicine staff.