The PGY1 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 PGY2 year builds on the experiences of the first year with an emphasis on patient management and triage of the ill child. The PGY2 resident rotates through the inpatient wards at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego 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 PGY3 year provides each resident the opportunity to enhance skills and knowledge in a wide variety of pediatric areas. The PGY3, in close consultation with attending physicians, oversees the care of clinic patients and provides guidance and expertise in general pediatrics. PGY3 residents have the opportunity to spend a month learning adolescent medicine, both in the eating disorder unit at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego 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.