Location:Building 2, First Floor
The three-year postgraduate residency program is designed to fulfill the requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Residency Review Committee. In April 2010, the program received continued full accreditation for four years. The primary goal is to train selected medical officers to become pediatricians of the highest quality, capable of providing comprehensive medical care to the children and adolescents of military personnel stationed around the world. There are eight PGY-1 positions and eight PGY-2 and PGY-3 positions at each year level.
A core curriculum has been developed and is covered over a three-year period. It outlines the duties and responsibilities of the residents at the various levels of training.
PL-1: Categorical interns have four rotations on the inpatient ward (two at San Diego Children's Hospital and Health Center), two rotations in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and one rotation each in Orthopedics, Adolescent Medicine, Normal Newborn, Developmental/Behavioral, Gynecology and Emergency Medicine at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD). Two rotations are dedicated to the General Pediatrics Teaching Clinic (GPTC). Overnight call averages every fourth night.
PL-2: Increasing supervisory and managerial roles are built into this year, along with more varied outpatient assignments. Experience as the supervising resident is arranged for a total of one rotation at each of the Ward, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Developmental/Behavioral Medicine and GPTC. Two weeks each of Anesthesia, Family Violence and Leave blocks are incorporated into the year. One and a half blocks is spent on Night Float. The year is rounded out with one rotation on Adolescent Medicine, Community Medicine, Emergency Medicine at the San Diego Children's Hospital and Health Center and three rotations in Pediatric Subspecialties.
PL-3: Advanced training in more specialized areas and continued supervisory responsibilities are scheduled. Assignments are usually individualized according to specific needs and desires. One rotation each is spent in the NICU, Ward, Newborn Nursery and PICU at Children's Hospital of Orange County. Two rotations are dedicated to the GPTC and Night Float. The remaining rotations (usually about five) are available as electives at the Naval Medical Center, University of California Medical Center or San Diego Children's Hospital and Health Center or another approved medical facility in the U.S.