Pediatric Residency Program Specifics
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At Jersey Shore, there is a strong emphasis placed on didactic learning. During the three-year residency, residents will actively participate in a variety of conferences. The goal of these conferences is to improve:
- Critical thinking; research, QI planning and development
- Understanding and interpretation of the literature
- The management of patients with complex conditions and diseases
- The understanding of ethical and palliative care principles in the care for hospitalized children.
Our program offers an outstanding educational curriculum that includes:
- Morbidity & Mortality Conference – Quarterly
- Journal Club – Monthly
- Speakers from all aspects of pediatrics provide lectures on a diverse array of topics.
- Case presentation on general pediatrics and subspecialty topics.
Resident Lecture Series
- Incorporates YALE curriculum; general pediatrics and subspecialty presentation based on American Board of Pediatrics content specification.
Oops Conference – Quarterly
- Quality/Safety presentation
Annual Research Day
- Oral and poster presentation of resident case reports and research.
Intern “Boot Camp”
- Series of lectures during the first few months of the program aimed towards orienting interns to the basics of pediatric residency. Topics include writing history and physicals, obtaining pediatric-specific information, presenting on rounds, orientation to nursery and much more!
- The EBM teaching is integrated into our established educational and clinical activities. An EBM presentation is an academic requirement for each third-year resident. These presentations are done under the mentorship of an assigned faculty member and are given during Department wide Grand Rounds.
Boards Review – Weekly January-June
- Our program incorporates weekly Boards Review sessions with our general pediatricians as well as pediatric subspecialists to cover the Pediatric Board Exam Content Specifications. This review series incorporates both didactics and boards questions into each session. In addition, our Chief Resident also provides questions in the “Boards Corner” section of our weekly Newsletter all year round.
Our hospital has 45 inpatient beds, and approximately 1,300 admissions per year. Additionally, JSUMC houses a well newborn nursery, a 35-bed Level III NICU, a 10-bed PICU and a 10-12 bed designated Pediatrics Emergency Department. Residents will be exposed to a variety of clinical cases, including bread and butter inpatient pediatrics as well as children with medical complexity and unusual presentations. JSUMC has diverse pediatric core and elective rotations such as:
Inpatient General Pediatrics
Residents spend 3-5 months a year on our general pediatric floor. The floor consists of 45 beds. Residents are responsible for all service patients and pediatric subspecialty consults. During time on the pediatric floor, residents gain experience working with our pediatric hospitalist fellows as well as teaching medical students. Resident sharpen their history and assessment skills during the PGY1 year. During PGY2 and PGY3, residents advance to a supervisory role monitoring the progression of PGY1 residents and medical students. The inpatient general pediatrics rotation consists of several educational experiences throughout the block with subspecialists. Lectures include weekly subspecialty rounds with hematology/oncology, GI, endocrine, and neurology.
Residents spend two months during PGY2 and several weeks of nights during PGY2/PGY3 in our 10 bed PICU. Residents learn from a dedicated staff of attendings on how to manage pediatric critical care emergencies. Residents also perform many procedures during this rotation as we have no fellows in our PICU. During this rotation, residents are also educated in how to manage transfer call from outside hospitals and determine appropriate care for these patients.
Our unit is a 35-bed level 3 NICU. The NICU takes care of neonates born at JSUMC and those that are born at our affiliated HMH hospitals. Residents spend one month per year in the NICU. During this month, residents learn how to manage our smallest patients. Residents have many opportunities for procedures during this rotation. Residents attend high risk deliveries and c sections and are trained in NRP during orientation. Residents also can sign up for NICU transport moonlighting.
Residents spend one month during intern year and one month during third year in our pediatric emergency room. Residents learn how to triage and care for children presenting with emergent conditions. Residents work with PEM trained attendings and have ample opportunities to do procedures during these months.
During intern year residents spend two months in our newborn nursery. Resident work with pediatric hospitalists and local pediatricians who see patients in the newborn nursery. Interns attend high risk deliveries and c sections with the support of the NICU staff.
PGY2 residents spend one month with our two amazing developmental pediatricians. Residents learn how to evaluate children with autism and developmental delays. Residents also spend one day a week with our NICU follow up program, ITAP (Infant and Toddler Assessment Program).
During this one-month rotation, residents rotate within different aspects of adolescent medicine. Areas include inpatient consults and working with the child psychiatry team.
Outpatient Continuity Clinic
Residents spend one month during PGY1, two weeks during PGY2, and one month during PGY3 at the Jane Booker Family Health Center Pediatric Clinic. This is in addition to the weekly half day continuity clinic. Residents see a range of patients from well child visits to sick visits. Residents learn how to triage parent phone calls during this rotation.
During the PGY2 year, resident spend one month with our hematology/oncologists. They participate in the care of many the patients of the service. Residents spend two weeks caring for patients on the inpatient service and two weeks caring for patients in the outpatient setting.
This one-month block during the PGY3 year allows residents to participate in a supervisory role and assist different units when needed. Residents assist on the inpatient unit, PICU, NICU, and newborn nursery. Residents supervise procedures and take on the role of a teacher on these units.
Each year residents spend three months in our night float system. During this block, residents work two weeks of days, two weeks of nights, and two 24-hour shifts. Example schedule is Sunday 24hr shift then Monday-Thursday nights which concludes with a golden weekend, one week of days, a second Sunday 24 shift with Monday-Thursday night with another golden weekend, and then final weeks of days. Interns will work on the pediatric floor, senior residents will work on the floor and in the PICU.
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Evaluations & Advisors
In the beginning of intern year, each resident is assigned a Faculty Advisor for the duration of their residency training. These advisors help guide residents through the training process, help answer questions and ensure that all requirements are being met. Residents will meet with their faculty advisors at least twice annually to review their peer and faculty evaluations, procedure logs and learning plans. It is a chance for the resident to develop a personal relationship with an experienced physician to discuss professional goals and individual issues. Research and scholarship are also emphasized during training. With the assistance of a faculty research advisor and biostatistician, every resident carries out a research project, producing a paper suitable for publication. Some of this work has been presented at national and international meetings.
All PGY-2 residents will choose a “career mentor” in addition to their faculty advisor to help them develop their future career goals, design potential research projects and pick six months of their individualized curriculum. The individualized curriculum is designed by each resident to aid in both learning and decision making that can help to further their pediatric careers.
On a monthly basis, residents receive comprehensive feedback through our online evaluation system called New Innovations. Feedback is also provided frequently and informally on rounds, after conferences, or after any observed encounter. Clinical and communication skills are also assessed through observed clinical experiences in the outpatient clinic with feedback given by an observing attending. Feedback is also given by patients, medical students, and nurses. Additionally, residents have the opportunity to evaluate the program and faculty anonymously.
Observed History & Physical
During both the newborn nursery and urgent care rotations, residents will undergo an observed H&P evaluation by one of our faculty members. They will be observed as they interact with a patient, obtain a detailed history and perform a physical examination. This allows residents to receive direct feedback from an attending physician in a real patient-care setting.