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 approximately eight resident 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. Overnight call for all three years is primarily covered by a night float system that is incorporated into the core rotations.
PL-1: Categorical interns have four inpatient pediatric ward rotations (two at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego), two rotations in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and one rotation each in Orthopedics/ Sports Medicine, Adolescent Medicine, Normal Newborn, Developmental/Behavioral, Gynecology, and Emergency Medicine. Two additional rotations are dedicated to the General Pediatrics Teaching Clinic (GPTC).
PL-2: Increasing supervisory and managerial roles are built into this year, along with more varied outpatient assignments. Core rotations include Pediatric Ward, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), NICU, Developmental/Behavioral Medicine, Community Pediatrics/ Family Violence, Adolescent Medicine, and GPTC. The year is rounded out with one rotation in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Rady Children's Hospital, and pediatric subspecialty rotations.
PL-3: Advanced training in more specialized areas and continued supervisory responsibilities are scheduled. Assignments are somewhat individualized according to specific needs and desires. Core rotations include Pediatrics Ward, NICU, Newborn Nursery, GPTC, Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Rady Children's Hospital, and PICU at Children's Hospital of Orange County. The remaining rotations are available as electives (typically, pediatric subspecialties) at the Naval Medical Center, Rady Children's Hospital, or another approved medical facility in the U.S. Whenever possible, third year residents are also given the opportunity to participate in Navy international humanitarian missions.