Along with inpatient rotations at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, residents participate in a number of different rotations throughout their training.

Each resident is expected to spend one afternoon per week in the General Academic Pediatrics office for their continuity clinic. This opportunity allows residents to develop relationships with patients and families throughout their residency.

Residents spend two one-month rotations working in General Academic Pediatrics. In addition to seeing patients and counseling families, residents instruct medical students, spend time in the evening clinic and participate in simulated patient/family scenarios with their attendings. This unique opportunity allows residents to gain a deeper understanding of the practice of General Pediatrics.

More than 50% of our community providers are alumni from our residency training program. These rotations offer the opportunity to experience the excitement, challenges and rewards of private practice. 

In addition to our in-house NICU, residents rotate through two nurseries within Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. This component of our program gives residents experience in supporting families with new infants. Residents participate in all apsects of routine newborn care in the Level 1 nursery and specialized care in the Level 2 nursery. 


This resident-focused educational experience offers:

  • The opportunity to do procedures starting as an intern, including:
    • umbilical catheterization
    • lumbar punctures 
    • intubations
    • chest tubes 
  • Team rounding with a nutritionist, pharmacist and social worker to provide the best comprehensive care for patients
  • Mentorship with attendings
  • Close relationships with patients and families


The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit educates residents from EVMS Pediatrics at CHKD, Portsmouth Naval Medical Center Pediatrics, EVMS Emergency Medicine and CHKD Pediatric Emergency Medicine program.

This rotation gives residents the chance to perform procedures including:

  • Placing central lines and chest tubes
  • Intubating with the 24/7 in-house intensivists 

Care for patients after complex surgeries including:

  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Neurosurgery 
  • Renal transplant patients 

Observe general and subspecialty surgical patients, treating intricate subspecialty patients, work alongside attendings, nurses and RTs, collaborate with a specialized PICU pharmacist and complete rounds as a team.

The CHKD Emergency Department rotation requires residents to use the skills and knowledge to provide quality emergency care for children. Residents cover the ED around the clock with attending supervision during their three years of training.

Common interventions include: 

  • resuscitations
  • ultrasound
  • pediatric trauma
  • lumbar punctures 
  • intubations
  • incisions and drainage
  • suturing
  • IV access
  • splinting

Pediatric residents at CHKD have opportunities to choose from a variety of elective rotations, in addition to ACGME-required rotations. While there are many elective rotations with fixed goals and objectives, our residents have the ability to customize their electives to fulfill their personal ambitions.

Training at CHKD has many advantages:

  • The majority of specialties are in-house, resulting in free meals for residents.
  • You won't lose valuable time traveling to obtain subspecialty education.
  • Our program size affords flexibility for exploration in away rotations.
  • The attendings and clinical staff that enhance your education are specially trained in pediatrics. Community providers understand your perspective as many have educational ties to the EVMS Pediatric Residency Program at CHKD.

Popular elective choices include: 

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Anesthesia 
  • Cardiology
  • Child Abuse Pediatrics
  • Community Pediatrics
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Developmental Pediatrics 
  • Emergency Medicine 
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology 
  • General Academic Pediatrics 
  • Genetics
  • Global Health and Medical Trips
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases 
  • Lactation
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology/EEG
  • Neurosurgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Palliative Care
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric Surgery 
  • Physical Medicine and Rehab
  • Psychiatry 
  • Psychology
  • Procedural Skills
  • Public Health 
  • Pulmonology 
  • Radiology 
  • Research QI
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Simulation Lab
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Urgent Care
  • Vascular Access