Residency Curriculum: Rotations

The following diagram categorically summarizes the CHKD Pediatric Residency rotations by month for each PL year.


The PL-1 year provides hands-on experiences in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Interns develop patient treatment plans while taking direct care of inpatient area admissions. While on call, they will be the first to evaluate and initiate appropriate interventions for patients experiencing problems. Senior residents are in-house and readily available to help with patient care, offer procedure mentorship, provide back-up and answer questions. Interns may opt to rotate through community pediatricians' offices for up to one month to learn the medical and business aspects of office pediatrics; any time not spent in an outpatient pediatric office is then utilized for the elective rotation of their chosing.

The PL-2 and PL-3 years focus on continued development of clinical and supervisory skills through continued practical experience. Second-year residents invest just over 25% of their time on inpatient and nursery areas as supervisors while 33% on subspecialty electives, in addition to rotating through the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and emergency department. Like the previous year, up to one month of the PL-2 year can be spent in an outpatient setting (General Academic Pediatrics) with remaining time in their choice elective.

Third-year residents spend time as supervisors in all the inpatient areas in addtion to the emergency department and subspecialty electives. Critical Care exposure can be tailored to the senior residents' interests: two months of NICU, two months of PICU, or one month of each.

Residents receive 3 weeks of PAID vacation plus an additional week for a PAID holiday break (Christmas or New Year's).