The PL-1 is expected to take full initiative in the workup and management of patients under the guidance of a supervising resident and attending staff physician. Interns have extensive exposure to ill children and to children of normal birth, growth, and development. During the first year, inpatient pediatrics is taught at Rady Children's Hospital.
The PL-2 year builds on the experiences of the first year with emphasis on patient management and triage of the ill child. The PL-2 resident rotates through the inpatient wards at Rady Children's Hospital and experiences increased independence and decision-making. They take an active role in the program's unique triage curriculum and learn how to quickly assess clinical status, stabilize sick patients, and take charge of the multidisciplinary inpatient team.
The PL-3 year provides each resident the opportunity to enhance skills and knowledge in a wide variety of pediatric areas. The PL-3, in close consultation with attending physicians, oversees the care of clinic patients and provides guidance and expertise in general pediatrics. PL-3 residents have the opportunity to spend a month learning adolescent medicine, both in the eating disorder unit at Rady's Children's Hospital and at the Navy Point Loma Adolescent Clinic.
Our chief residents serve as instructors in the Department of Pediatrics and as representatives for the residents to the chairman of the department. They act as general pediatric consultants to the residents and to other services, and they work as attending pediatricians at the North Park Family Health Centers Pediatrics Clinic.