Pediatric Residency Program Curricula by Year

Whether you pursue subspecialty training, primary care practice, or academic medicine, our pediatric residency program offers clinical and academic experiences to stimulate interests and support all professional goals. You will find your educational experiences occurring in various settings throughout the twin cities and greater Minnesota.

PL-1

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)

Interns rotate through the NICU at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, where they gain experience caring for premature and medically complex neonates, as well as experience in neonatal resuscitation.

General Pediatrics (16-20 weeks)

Interns rotate through three pediatric hospitals, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, St. Paul, as well as Hennepin County Medical Center, an urban, county hospital that is dedicated to resident education. While rotating through these sites, residents gain experience in the care of general pediatric inpatients as well as normal newborn nursery.

Subspecialty Wards (12-16 weeks)

Pediatric rotations at UMMCH are comprised of subspecialty-cohorted teams, including pulmonology, cardiology, nephrology, gastroenterology and hematology/oncology.

Primary Care Fundamentals (8 weeks)

This rotation is focused on providing curriculum relevant to primary care pediatrics as well as focused time in an ambulatory care setting. One week of the curriculum is devoted to suspected child abuse and neglect curriculum, where residents learn to recognize patterns of abuse, join a multidisciplinary team to observe evaluations, and meet with community resources. Other components to the curriculum include child advocacy, medical home, and evidence based medicine.

Elective (4 weeks)

Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)

Continuity Clinic

Residents have a weekly continuity clinic with a dedicated preceptor at one of several sites beginning during their intern year and continuing throughout their entire residency.

Overnight Coverage

Overnight coverage on in-patient services occurs during this number of blocks (see table 1 below) during the year. PL1 Coverage is provided as night shifts and PL2 & PL3 coverage is provided as either night shifts or overnight call (every 4th or 5th night) depending on the rotation. This number of blocks (see table 2 below) are without overnight coverage. PL2 & PL3 residents will do occasional back-up shifts during this time.

PL-2

Neonatology (4 weeks)

At the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital (UMMCH) NICU, residents gain more experience caring for medically complex or premature infants, continued delivery room experience.

General Pediatrics (12 weeks)

Residents gain experience in the general pediatrics settings at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, St. Paul, the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). Residents take on a supervisory role, managing teams of interns and medical students. During these months, residents also gain experience in a general pediatric PICU, as well as in the intensive care management of pediatric trauma patients.

Pediatric Critical Care (4 weeks)

Residents rotate through the pediatric ICU in the UMMCH PICU, a 22 bed unit. Residents will gain experience of the management of critically ill children as well as management of post-operative cardiac patients.

Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic/Consult (16 weeks)

During these rotations, residents split their time between inpatient consultation and outpatient clinics in a variety of pediatric subspecialties including hematology/oncology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, nephrology, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, and infectious disease.

Adolescent Medicine (4 weeks)

Residents gain experience by spending time in outpatient adolescent clinics. The curriculum also includes sessions on motivational interviewing of adolescents and a variety of didactic sessions on adolescent medicine topics.

Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)

Residents continue to gain experience in acute and emergency pediatrics spending a block in the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital Emergency Department.

Elective (8 weeks)

Two blocks are available for elective time during the PL-2 year where residents can choose from a variety of elective options.

PL-3

Neonatology (4 weeks)

Residents gain experience in the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital (UMMCH) NICU, where they assume a supervisory role in the management and care of medically complex and premature infants.

General Pediatrics (12-16 weeks)

At both of our community children’s hospitals as well as Hennepin County Medical Center, residents assume a supervisory role for a large team of medical students and interns. They are responsible for acting as the team leader, managing rounds, and teaching responsibilities. Residents will also gain experience in a community PICU and trauma-referral PICU during these blocks.

UMCH Wards (4-8 weeks)

PL-3 residents are the team leaders on our ward-based teams at the University. On these subspecialty-specific ward-based teams, senior residents manage rounds, supervise interns and medical students, and participate in teaching.

Pediatric Critical Care (4 weeks)

Residents spend time in the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital PICU, a 22 bed unit. Residents will gain experience of the management of critically ill children as well as management and care of cardiac post-operative patients.

Emergency Medicine (8 weeks)

Residents spend one month rotating through a community pediatric emergency department as well as one month at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital Emergency Department. Residents have the chance to participate in the initial assessment of patients presenting to the ED, refine procedural skills, and participate in pediatric resuscitations.

Elective (12 weeks)

Residents have three blocks of elective time during their PL-3 year where they have a variety of elective options, including international rotations and time to devote toward their senior project.