Residency program

Curriculum

The goals of the training programs at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University is to provide residents with comprehensive exposure to both inpatient and non-inpatient (primary care, subspecialty) clinical pediatrics while allowing individualization of the curriculum to suit the unique needs of each resident. The basis of our curriculum is a large, primarily underserved urban population whose care provides the resident with broad knowledge in primary care as well as an extensive exposure to the gamut of subspecialty services and advanced management of the pediatric emergency patient – including the multiple trauma patient. Our curriculum is designed around 2 week-long rotational blocks that provide the trainee with a balanced schedule in order to combat fatigue and provide for limited interruptions in each rotation. This curriculum is shaped by the resident – in conjunction with a faculty advisor as they progress from learner to manager to teacher. In order to individualize the curriculum for different trainee needs, our residents choose a longitudinal tract (primary care, non-procedure, procedure, advocacy/public health) prior to the start of the PGY-2 year that partially determines the extra educational experience of each resident.

Curriculum block chart: Pediatrics

 PGY-1PGY-2PGY-3

Inpatient wards

3 1.5 1.5
Heme-Onc 0.5 1  

Night team

1 1 1
NICU 1 1 1
Nursery 1    
ED 1 0.5 0.5
Outpatient surgery 1    
Child abuse 1    
Continuity clinic 1.5 1 1

Electives

2 4.5 5
PICU   1 1.5
Adolescent   1  
Track didactics   0.5 0.5
Behavior and development     1

In addition, all PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents have half-day of community-based clinic or of research experience on their outpatient rotations.

Each resident will be periodically assigned to pull call on specific days during outpatient or subspecialty rotations. The resident assigned to pull call must be available by beeper in the event a colleague becomes ill. PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents are periodically assigned to after hours phone triage (i.e., telephone calls) for the General Pediatrics Outpatient Clinic. This call is taken from home.