Twenty-eight months of your core rotations are categorized as Inpatient and Specialty rotations.
- Inpatient Rotations – Inpatient Wards, Night Float, PICU, Term Nursery, NICU
- Specialty Rotations – Examples include but are not limited to Adolescent, Allergy/Immunology, Developmental, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology
Eight months of your rotation are classified as electives but can also be chosen from any core rotation category. Elective rotations are considered an integral aspect of well-rounded training in General Pediatrics. Electives allow a resident to achieve a comprehensive education while still meeting their specific interests. Electives may include but are not limited to: Advocacy, Hospitalist Medicine, Pharmacology/Toxicology, Research, and Teaching. Some of our residents have chosen to participate in “off-site” rotations such as experiences in global health or working with pediatricians in private practice.
As you advance in your training your rotations and responsibilities will vary.
First-Year Pediatric Resident (PGY-1)
The first year of pediatric training will give you a balanced experience in general pediatrics with rotations in the outpatient and inpatient setting. It also includes one-month rotations in the nursery, adolescent, and behavior and development clinics. In the inpatient and outpatient setting, you will be the first line of contact performing the initial evaluation and subsequent management decisions for each patient. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of diagnostic and management skills, which will enable you to become an effective decision-maker and supervisor. As a first-year resident, you will work closely with second- and third-year residents and full-time faculty attending physicians. You will have some experience in the supervision of medical students.
Second-Year Pediatric Resident (PGY-2)
The second year of training in pediatrics will be a transitional year for you. In addition to gaining experience in the various pediatric subspecialties, you will have increased exposure to the management of more acutely-ill patients. You also will assume supervisory roles in inpatient areas. On subspecialty services, you will serve as a consultant under the direct supervision of board-certified pediatric subspecialists. Three months of elective time is available, allowing second-year residents to pursue areas of special interest and you will begin the early stage of career planning.
Third-Year Pediatric Resident (PGY-3)
The third year of residency will offer you supervisory experience on inpatient and outpatient services. As a third-year resident, you will be expected to assume some responsibility for assisting in the education of first-year residents and medical students. third-year residents also have the opportunity to select elective time based on individual needs and interests. Five electives can be arranged within a department, with selected community physicians or even abroad. Lastly, you will finalize your plans for entering a fellowship or beginning your general pediatric career.
Throughout your three years of residency, you will serve as a primary care provider to a growing panel of patients within your Continuity Clinic at the Circle of Friends on the ACH campus. You will also have opportunities to interact with the larger Little Rock community and state through various organizations residents team with through projects or rotations.