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Resident Education

Academic General Pediatrics

The Academic General Pediatric clinics serve as the main outpatient training site for first and second-year pediatric residents. Trainees have the opportunity to work with multiple faculty pediatricians to learn different approaches for the management of common and uncommon pediatric conditions in a diverse patient population. Second-year residents assume additional responsibilities including learning how to provide effective phone triage and supervising/educating medical students. Additional educational components include daily small-group teaching seminars and weekly journal clubs.

The clinics also are the primary training sites for continuity clinic where residents can develop a longitudinal relationship with a faculty mentor. There is a strong commitment to continued learning with a structured weekly educational curriculum.

Newborn Medicine

First-year interns spend two to four weeks on our service caring for term and late preterm newborns.  They work with a multidisciplinary team including attending pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, lactation consultants, social workers, occupational therapists, and bedside nurses to learn how to manage common and uncommon newborn conditions. In addition to learning from direct patient care, other educational components include learning modules and daily didactic instruction.  Yearly the newborn hospitalists in conjunction with the neonatology division run a half day seminar for the first year pediatric and medicine/pediatric residents.  Newborn hospitalists also serve on residency committees and as mentors for resident academic projects (RAP).  

Residents may also choose to do a newborn or breastfeeding elective in their second or third year of residency.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Core Rotation

Residents in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine-Pediatrics receive 4 weeks of required subspecialty training in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in their first or second year of training.  During their rotation, residents work closely with Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians in subspecialty and multi-disciplinary clinics at the University of California San Diego, Rady Children's Hospital, and the San Diego Regional Center. They spend time with developmental service providers including developmental psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and audiologists, and learn about community resources to better understand the interface between medicine and other systems of care in the nurturing of children with developmental and behavioral concerns.

This core rotation provides the resident physician with the knowledge and skills to utilize the principles of pediatric development and behavior in all clinical encounters.  After completion of the rotation, residents will have increased their 1) understanding of typical and atypical child development, 2) ability to identify and manage developmental and behavioral disorders, and 3) appreciation of the influence of family, school, and social environment in an individual child's development and behavior.


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