Our curriculum provides a comprehensive education that prepares residents equally well for primary care or subspecialty careers. In the first year residents working closely with experts in ambulatory pediatrics, adolescent medicine, emergency medicine, nephrology, cardiology and others. The remaining months are spent in inpatient rotations on the general pediatric wards, newborn intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit and normal newborn nursery. In the second year, residents gain independence and leadership skills, supervising medical students on a unique rotation in which third-year medical students function like junior residents. Second-year residents rotate on additional subspecialties, spend time in the emergency department and pediatric intensive care unit, and benefit from elective rotations. In the third year, senior residents refine their leadership skills by supervising junior residents in the newborn nursery and inpatient wards. Residents have opportunities to rotate through a multitude of subspecialty settings, and elective rotations provide opportunities for residents to focus on areas of interest.
Residents spend time in general outpatient pediatric clinics throughout all three years of training as part of the longitudinal outpatient experience. This time is spent in our two university general pediatric clinics as well as with private practices in the Salt Lake Valley. This provides extensive experience in ambulatory pediatrics and flexible opportunities for advocacy, research, and QI projects. With the collaboration of faculty mentors, residents can apply to use one of the ½ days in their PGY-2 and PGY-3 years to pursue research, QI, or advocacy projects. This has enabled our residents to conduct laboratory or clinical research and to advocate for children’s health and to present abstracts at regional and national meetings. Numerous conferences, including morning report, noon conference, board prep, intern lecture series, grand rounds, research in progress, and morbidity and mortality, contribute to an invigorating, comprehensive education for our residents.
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Our program provides you with numerous, flexible opportunities to fulfill your career objectives. As part of our mentoring program, we have created pediatric pathways and templates that can serve as guides for you and your mentor as you create an individualized learning plan. These pathways and templates encompass all facets of pediatrics and provide you with suggestions on how to select schedules and electives that will enable to achieve your career goal. These career trajectories are categorized according to the following paths: General Ambulatory Pediatrics, Pediatric Hospitalist, Subspecialty/Research, Global/Rural/Underserved Health.
Because we recognize that career goals may change as you move through residency training, our flexible pathways and templates enable residents to select electives from any of the pathways as they create their curricula. More than 30 different elective rotations are currently available to the residents in our program. Examples include: practice management, surgical subspecialties, outpatient gastroenterology and nutrition, radiology, rural pediatrics, and many others. Our program offers several longitudinal elective experiences that can continue through your entire residency training, including the longitudinal sedation elective, lactation course elective, Spanish immersion curricula, and a certification program in Global/Rural and Underserved Health.