First-year interns spend several weeks in our clinic caring for a diverse patient population. Our goal is to provide the interns with a broad exposure to general pediatrics. They will work with multiple attending pediatricians to learn different approaches to managing common and uncommon pediatric conditions. In addition to learning from direct patient care, other educational components include daily small-group teaching seminars and weekly journal clubs with faculty. Each intern is expected to lead at least one of the journal clubs.
Second-year residents have a unique opportunity to develop their clinical acumen by serving as the daytime on-call physician for our practice. They will learn to effectively triage over the phone, a rarely-taught skill. By supervising junior trainees and overall clinic flow, this rotation allows second-year residents to learn practical strategies to optimize efficiency and time management in a busy pediatric practice. Residents are also expected to further develop their roles as clinician educators by teaching at least one morning didactic session during their rotation.
The goal of continuity clinic is to provide a longitudinal clinical mentor during one’s residency. Incoming interns can express a preference for the type of practice they want to join. The UCSD Academic General Pediatric Clinic is the largest site but other options include private practice, community health groups, and other local health care systems. In addition to direct patient care, there is a strong commitment to continued learning by both mentees and mentors through participation in a structured educational curriculum.
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 second year of training. During their rotation, residents
- Work closely with Developmental-Behavioral pediatric subspecialists in subspecialty and multi-disciplinary clinics at the University of California San Diego, Rady Children’s Hospital, the San Diego Regional Center, and Kaiser Permanente
- Spend time with a variety of developmental service providers such as developmental psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, audiologists
- Visit schools and 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 normal 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.