Overview and Block Schedule

CHaD residents

CHaD residents have high academic standards and expectations while being supported through a caring and personal learning environment. Residents are expected to play an active role in shaping their own education. We work hard to offer flexibility so residents can pursue their individual learning goals. Residents work closely with faculty, which enables frequent feedback and coaching.

Our residents serve on residency program work groups and committees in the hospital and the community. Involvement in these components is critical, because the voice of our residents aids decisions about our residency program and the future of pediatrics.

Core curriculum by residency year

Our curriculum is divided into two components: the core or required curriculum, and the individualized curriculum. There is some overlap between the two components because we believe that the core curriculum should be tailored to meet the distinct learning needs of each resident. For example, while residents are required to do seven specialty rotations, the choice of which rotations to do depends on the learning needs and career plans of each resident.

Each educational experience block is four weeks in length.

Educational Experience PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3
Ward 3 blocks 1 block 1 block
PICU   1 block 1 block
Integrated Night Float * 2 blocks 2 blocks 1.5 blocks
Nursery 1 block 0.5 blocks  
Intensive Care Nursery 1 block 2 blocks 1 block **
ED   1 block 1 block
Ambulatory Clinic 1 block   1 block
Community Practice 1 week 1 block 1 block **
Pain Free / Anesthesia 1 block    
Development & Behavior 0.5 blocks
combined with
Community Practice
Adolescent Medicine   1 block  
Development & Behavior   0.5 blocks  
Ambulatory Teaching Resident     1 block
Inpatient Teaching Resident **     1 block
Individualized / Specialty Rotations 3 blocks 3 blocks 3.5 blocks

Educational experience footnotes

We encourage residents to tailor their experience to best meet their needs, which leads to the design of your own rotations. Residents also have the option of designing longitudinal rotations that occur across more than one block.

Residents on integrated night float rotations will care for patients admitted to the Ward, Intermediate Care Unit, PICU, and Normal Newborn Nursery, and will respond to the Emergency Department for consults. This team will consist of a minimum of three team members.

** These rotations have some program-defined objectives, but can be tailored to meet the resident's learning needs and career plans.