The Code Curriculum kicks off at the beginning of each academic year with a week-long "Boot Camp", consisting of a combination of didactic and hands-on experiences. Subsequently, monthly Code Scenario Sessions are held in the Simulation Lab where Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Intensive Care Faculty assist residents in developing skills for managing patients who are acutely decompensating. Additionally, on a monthly basis, our PICU faculty members assist a ward senior resident in developing and carrying out a mock code on the wards. The ward interns are given the opportunity to lead the mock codes, which helps improve their clinical abilities and hone leadership skills.
This code curriculum was developed by Dr. Benny Joyner, a faculty member in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and one of our 2011 graduates, Dr. Chrystal Rutledge. The curriculum has been met by great enthusiasm, and our residents are becoming increasingly comfortable with leading code scenarios.
Resident Leadership Lunch Series
The Resident Leadership Lunch series consists of 4 one-hour, interactive sessions throughout the academic year when our Chair, Wesley Burks, discusses the importance of leadership and leadership development in residency. Leadership Lunches include small group discussions, case study analyses, and various leadership topic discussions such as transformational versus transactional leadership. The Lunches provide an excellent opportunity for residents to step back from their many day-to-day responsibilities and consider ways to apply leadership teachings to their own lives.
In addition to developing procedural skills during their rotations, residents are given several discrete opportunities for procedural skills training. All residents receive neonatal and pediatric resuscitation training during orientation. Specific neonatal procedural skills training is also provided during a half-day NICU skills lab at the end of internship. Our code curriculum offers ongoing opportunities to work in the Simulation Lab and practice procedural skills in a controlled setting.
To foster scholarship within the UNC Pediatrics Residency Program, each resident will be required to complete a Scholarly Project during their residency (Preliminary residents excluded). The purpose of this requirement is to equip residents with the skills necessary to research a specific topic, to organize the latest data on this subject and to present this information to ones colleagues. This activity addresses several of the Core Competencies established by the ACGME – Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Systems-Based Practice and Interpersonal / Communication Skills. All physicians will utilize these skills in their future practice.
As part of their advocacy elective, interns research an advocacy-related topic of their choice and prepare a presentation for the residency program to share their findings.
Pediatric Subspecialty Fellowships
At the North Carolina Children's Hospitals, a wide variety of fellowship opportunities are provided in fields such as Critical Care Medicine, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, Hematology/Oncology, Allergy/Immunology, Nephrology, and Preventative Medicine. Additionally, a 2 year residency in Medical Genetics is available. Fellows participate in the education of residents and enhance resident exposure to subspecialty fields. The Department of Education maintains that residents will gain experience as team leaders on subspecialty teams with direct interactions with attendings and have opportunities to perform ample procedures.
Advisor Program and Mentorship
Each class is assigned a formal advisor to assist in their career development. The advisor will meet with each resident at least twice per year to review evaluations, develop individualized learning plans, consider In-Training Exam perform and board preparation and assess progress in meeting RRC requirements. In addition, the advisor can assist the resident in identifying an individual mentor who can further help the resident in achieving their career goals.
Our Continuity Clinic experience is superb. Consistent general pediatric attending presence provides stability in the curriculum, allowing residents to progress in their independent care of children as they gain knowledge and skills. In addition to attending and nursing staff, our clinic staff includes a Community Liaison and a Child Development Educator. We have a Reach Out and Read program and a medical home program called CATCH for children with complex medical conditions. Also, we are one of the few resident-staffed clinics that has been recognized as a Primary Medical Home. All residents have continuity clinic one half-day per week, assuring a strong generalist foundation.