Categorical Pediatric Curriculum


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The Pediatric Residency Program at The University of Tennessee prepares physicians for the practice of specialized or general pediatrics or the world of pediatric research and academics.

The curriculum offers a balanced program of experiences at each level of training with increasing levels of responsibility.

A well-rounded and comprehensive pediatric education, along with high-quality health care for children of the midsouth, are the goals of the Pediatric Residency Program. To ensure that the best educational program is provided for all residents, the program's curriculum, requirements and activities are continually reevaluated by the Committee on Resident Education (CORE). This committee is composed of 12 full-time faculty members, two pediatricians in private practice in the community, a representative from the each of the fellowship programs, the current and upcoming Chief Residents and elected resident representatives from each pediatric and medicine-pediatrics class.

Orientation

The Department of Pediatrics welcomes new house officers with a two day orientation and two day PALS training in June each year. This orientation precedes the annual start date of July 1. In addition to allowing the residents to meet each other before starting their clinical responsibilities, the orientation includes the two-day Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course and acquaints residents with the hospitals and services, giving them the administrative details necessary to assume responsibility for patient care.

The PL-1 Year

PL-1 Residents

PL-1’s begin to gain experience caring for the general pediatric patient and are introduced to the various pediatric subspecialties. There are 3 weeks of vacation during the PL-1 year plus six days over Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The PL-1 residents must average 1 day off in a 7-day period.

Table 1: PL-1 Year Information
Rotation Location Description Schedule Time
Inpatient Pediatrics Le Bonheur Children's Hospital PL-l's serve on one of Le Bonheur's four inpatient teams supervised by second, third, and fourth year residents. 1 month of night shifts with all weekends off. Five months of day shifts. 6 months
Outpatient Pediatrics LBCMC Physician Office Building Residents spend each day in Le Bonheur Urgent Care Clinic or Outpatient Center. Day shifts with one week in Urgent Care/vacation 2 months
Neonatal Intensive Care Newborn Center at the Regional Medical Center The PL-1 resident manages term and preterm infants as part of the NICU team which is also composed of a PL-2's, and supervised by a PL-3. The residents attend high-risk deliveries performed by the UT Obstetrics Department. 4 night shifts a month 1 month
Pediatric Infectious Disease Le Bonheur Children's Hospital Working with a ID Fellow and Attending, you care for patients admitted to the ID service Day shifts only 1 month
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Le Bonheur Emergency Department PL-1's see patients in Le Bonheur's Emergency Department, in shifts no longer than 12 hours each. The Emergency Department is staffed 24 hours a day by an attending physician from the Pediatric Emergency Department faculty. Approximately 16 ER shifts 1 month
Elective (1) Various Depending upon each resident's interest, a rotation is chosen from the required core electives. Day shifts only/vacation 1 month

The PL-2 Year

PL-2 Residents

PL-2s begin to gain supervisory experience and to focus on the care of critically ill patients. They also begin caring for oncology patients. There are three weeks of vacation during the PL-2 year, plus six days over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. PL-2 residents always have at least one day in seven off which is not a post-call day. The year is spent in ten areas:

Table 2: PL-2 Year Information
Rotation Location Description No Call Time
Inpatient Pediatrics Supervisor Le Bonheur Children's Hospital PL-2's co-supervise one of the patient care teams at Le Bonheur with a PL-3. Every 5th night 1 month
Well Baby Nursery The Birthplace at the Regional Medical Center PL-2's perform newborn physical exams, assist on circumcisions, and conduct discharge conferences with mothers. 2-3 night shifts per month 1 month
Pediatric Intensive Care PICU at Le Bonheur The two months in the ICU provide thorough exposure to the critical care of infants and children. Critical Care fellows and attending physicians supervise PL-2s. Le Bonheur's ICU is used for post-operative patients in all surgical disciplines, for trauma patients and for critically ill medical patients. Night shifts (14 hour shift 4p - 6a) for 5 days + 2 weekend calls 2 months
Neonatal Intensive Care Newborn Center at the Regional Medical Center and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital The role of the PL-2 is the same during the first year, except that the PL-2s benefit from having had one year of experience. Also, half of the month is spent in the NICU at each hospital. Every 4th night 1 month
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology St. Jude Children's Research Hospital One month is spent on the leukemia or solid tumor service and one month on the hematology service. Time is split each month between inpatient and outpatient care. Night shifts (14 hour shift 4p - 6a) for 5 days + 2 weekend calls 2 months
Electives (3) Various Depending upon each resident's interest, rotations are chosen from the required or non-required electives. 1 - 2 Calls per month 3 month
Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics Boling Center and other various clinics Residents explore in-depth the evaluation and management of developmental disabilities in children and adolescents. This rotation is designed to provide residents with a thorough knowledge of the resources available to help these children and their families. Residents attend specialized clinics in developmental pediatrics as well as facilities in Memphis dedicated to helping these children. 1 - 2 Calls per month 1 month
Adolescent Medicine Various Clinics PL-1's participate in the following clinics: sports medicine, endocrinology and diabetes, gynecology and family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, After Cancer Treatment Clinic (St. Jude), and normal adolescent care. 1 - 2 Calls per month 1 month

The PL-3 Year

PL-3 Residents

Senior residents supervise PL-1s and PL-2s for four months of the third year. Senior residents supervise all admissions and direct all Harvey Team calls when on codes. There are three weeks of vacation during the PL-3 year, plus six days over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. In addition, one week is allowed for attending a conference. The year is spent in six areas:

Table 3: PL-3 Year Information
Rotation Location Description Call Time
Inpatient Pediatrics Supervisor Le Bonheur Children's Hospital During their two months of day shifts and one month of night shifts, PGY3's supervise the inpatient teams at Le Bonheur. Residents teach medical students and PL-1’s and coordinate the teaching and patient care aspects of the service with attending physicians One month (Sunday-Thursday) of night shifts 3 months
Outpatient Pediatrics Supervisor ULPS Pediatrics Clinic Residents spend each day in the Pediatric Clinic. Home call 6-7 nights 2 2 months
Community Pediatrics Various Clinics and advocacy groups The PL-3 resident participates in the community-based clinics and programs, juvenile court, child abuse advocacy groups. 1 - 2 Calls Per Month 1 month
Neonatal Intensive Care Supervisor Newborn Center at the Regional Medical Center PL-3’s perform their required supervisory role in an intensive care unit during this month. Every 4th night 1 month
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Le Bonheur Emergency Department Further experience in the management of emergency patients is provided. During the second and last month of the PL-3 year, the resident will tailor their month with non-acute ED, main ED, orthopaedics or conscious sedation. None 2 months
Electives (3) Various Depending upon each resident's interest, rotations are chosen from the required or non-required electives. 1 - 2 Calls per month 3 months