Curriculum

The University of Minnesota's Pediatric Residency Program Curriculum Stresses Balance

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Our program benefits from a full diversity of clinical experiences that 4 hospital sites and many community experiences can offer. 

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. This includes:

  • Subspecialty inpatient experience at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital
  • Subspecialty outpatient experience at various sites
  • General inpatient experience at Children's Minneapolis and St. Paul
  • Urban inpatient and ambulatory experience at Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Community experiences built into various rotations

Each site provides daily structured educational conferences to assure consistency of curriculum:

  • Block Education - All residents attend this educational conference every other week at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Clinical Coverage is provided during this conference by fellows and attending physicians. This defined core curriculum is on an 3 year cycle and covers a broad variety of topics.
  • Morning Report - An opportunity to discuss recent admissions with fellow residents and faculty.
  • Grand Rounds - Weekly at St. Paul and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
  • Mock Codes - An opportunity to review, 1 - 2 times per month, common clinical scenarios encountered acutely by pediatricians.
  • Journal Club - This conference involves a resident at each site leading peers through a presentation of identifying a clinical question they wish to answer and then using the format of Evidenced Based Medicine (EBM) to present the best evidence to answer the original clinical question.

In addition, each site has:

  • Parking which is provided and paid for at all sites.
  • Medical Education Directors and Chief Residents to support the educational and personal needs of the residents.
  • PL-1
  • PL-2
  • PL-3
  • PL-1

    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 (12-20 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 (8-12 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 (8 weeks)

    Two blocks are available for elective time during the PL-1 year where residents can choose from a variety of elective options. 

    Emergency Medicine (0-4 weeks)

    Residents gain experience in acute and emergency pediatrics spending a block in the Emergency Department of Children's Minneapolis and St. Paul.

    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.

  • PL-2

    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 (8-12 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.

    Subspecialty Inpatient (4-8 weeks)

    PL-2 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.

    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 (12 weeks)

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

    Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (4 weeks)

    Residents gain experience spending time in outpatient developmental pediatric clinics as well as other opportunities to explore the resources for patients.

  • PL-3

    PL-3

    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.

    Subspecialty Inpatient (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 (4-8 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 (16 weeks)

    Residents have four 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.