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Curriculum

​Residents alternate every three months between the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, assuming graduated responsibilities over the four-year course of training. The inpatient experience is gained in a variety of hospital settings (see Facilities) with exposure to a very diverse population with equally diverse pathology. A large variety of outpatient settings are available for all ambulatory care experiences, ranging from smaller community clinics to University-based subspecialty clinics. Elective and subspecialty rotations round out the educational experience of our residents. Where appropriate, residents on subspecialty services will see both adult and pediatric patients, enabling them to better appreciate the changing spectrum of illness.

One of the strengths of our pediatric training at UC San Diego is having the free-standing Rady Children's Hospital which serves the entire San Diego County. In addition, residents are able to do rotations in one of the largest HMOs in California, Kaiser Permanente, as well as many other sites.  Residents maintain continuity clinics in both pediatrics and internal medicine, with the choice of combined or separate clinic settings.

 

SCHEDULE - FEATURES

Call Schedule

24-hour call every 5-7 days when on MICU and Cardiovascular Center rotation (CVC), every 5-7 days on PICU

Interns only work 24 hours shifts when on MICU and CVC with a total of three 24-hour shifts per 4-week block (approx 1 every 7 days)

Shifts

Inpatient wards are staffed with day teams and night teams, with a well-established sign out system

Rotation Duration

Thirteen 4-week blocks​​​​, sometimes divided into two 2-week blocks

Cross-cover Call

Established to cover residents for illness and family emergencies

Length of Intern Year

12 months 

Night Float

Provides 5 pm - 7 am coverage of ward patients from the day teams to allow night teams to focus on new admissions

Vacation

Four weeks of paid vacation per year, divided into two 2-week blocks

SCHEDULE - FOUR-YEAR CURRICULUM

TOTAL NUMBER OF 4-WEEK BLOCK ROTATIONS

Medicine

BLOCKS

BLOCKS

Pediatrics

Inpatient Wards

6

6

Inpatient Wards

Intensive Care

4

​​

2/1

NICU / PICU

ED

1

2

ED

Gender Health/MSK

1

4

Primary Care Pediatrics

Neurology/Geriatrics

1.5

1

Adolescent

HIV Medicine

0.5

1

Newborn Nursery

Night Float/Admit

1

1

Behavior and Development

Electives

9

6

Electives

Total

24

24

Total

SCHEDULE - YEAR BY YEAR

Medicine PGY-1

4-WK BLOCKS

Pediatrics PGY-1

Inpatient Wards

2

2

Inpatient Wards (includes 2 weeks of night admitting)

MICU/Cardiovascular Center (CVC)

2

1

Neonatal IC​​U

Night Float/VA ED

1

1

Newborn Nursery

Gender Health

0.5

1

PCC

Elective
0.5
 
1
North Park (FQHC site) Ambulatory

 

Medicine PGY-2

4-WK BLOCKS

Pediatrics PGY-2

Inpatient Wards (Supervisory)

​1

1

Inpatient Wards 

VA ICU (Supervisory)

1

1

Neonatal ICU

CVC(Supervisory)

1

1

Primary Care (​supervisory)

ED (UCSD)

0.5

1

ED

Musculoskeletal
0.5

1

Behavior and Development

Elective

2

1

Elective

 

Medicine PGY-3

4-WK BLOCKS

Pediatrics PGY-3

Inpatient Wards

1

2

Inpat​ient Wards (includes 2 weeks of night admitting)

MICU

1

1

Pediatric ICU

Outpatient Electives including 2 weeks Underserved Medicine
2

1

Adolescent

Electives

2.5

2

Electives

 

Medicine PGY-4

4-WK BLOCKS

Pediatrics PGY-4​

Inpatient Wards (includes 2 weeks of night admitting)

1.5

​​1

Inpatient Wards

Inpatient Consult/Electives

0.5

1

Kaiser Ambulatory

Neurology/Geriatrics

1.5

1

ED

Outpatient Electives
2.5

3

Electives