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.
A final month in the emergency room at Rady Children's enhances the senior resident's proficiency in managing acutely ill children. Additional expertise in the care and stabilization of critically ill children is provided through another rotation in the PICU in the third year and by working with the specialized pediatric transport team. The year is rounded out with 3.5 of electives months to augment each resident's education and allow residents to design a unique curriculum to prepare them for their chosen career.
Second and third year residents often use elective time to participate in international rotations in Guadalajara, Mexico, Saipan, Uganda, and others. There is one month of vacation with an additional 3-4 days off over either Christmas or New Years in each year throughout training at UCSD.
Chief Resident Year
Currently we have three chief residents who are selected during their residency to serve as leaders in the program. 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.
The chief residents organize teaching conferences at UCSD and Rady Children's Hospital. Protected time is devoted for the chief residents to pursue research, advocacy, and career development. This year is designed to continue to augment general pediatric knowledge through consultation, research, teaching and patient care.