Educational Opportunities

Pediatric Residency Tracks

The UNC Pediatrics Residency Program works to allow the individual resident to focus on his or her educational interest during training.  You do this in a formal way through tracks, and in an informal way using special months, electives and projects.  Formal tracks include the Primary Care Track (four interns per year), Pediatric Neurology Track (1 intern per year), Pediatric Preliminary Track (1 intern per year) and Categorical Track (17 interns per year).  In addition, we offer Med/Peds training (6 interns per year) for those interested in the care of adults and children.  Plenty of elective time, opportunities for mentorship, research, advocacy, QI projects and Global Health opportunities allow our residents to tailor their education to best prepare for their future in Pediatrics.

Code Curriculum

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.  This year, the curriculum is energetically led by Dr. Joyner and Dr. Rhiannon Smith, a third year pediatric resident who is going into Pediatric Critical Care.  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.

Procedural Skills

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.

 

Quality Improvement

Our nationally-renowned quality improvement curriculum is led by Dr. Greg Randolph, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and one of our  continuity clinic attendings. Residents are charged with identifying an issue either in clinic or on the wards where they wish to see improvement and working with a faculty advisor to develop and carry out their project. Residents often work in groups, and can either start a new project or join an ongoing quality improvement effort. Some projects span less than one year, whereas other residents choose to become involved early and continue their project through all three years of residency. Residents are encouraged to submit the results of their projects for presentation at venues ranging from our Department of Pediatrics Evening of Scholarship to national meetings such as Pediatric Academic Societies.

 

Senior Project

Senior residents choose a topic of their choice and prepare a Grand Rounds-style presentation for the residents and faculty. Some residents choose to present the results of their Quality Improvement Project, while others choose another topic. Residents who have taken the opportunity to do international rotations during residency will often take this opportunity to broaden our global perspective by sharing their experiences.

 

 

Advocacy Project

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 intraining 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.

mentor

Continuity Clinic

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 Liason 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.

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.  This year, the curriculum is energetically led by Dr. Joyner and Dr. Rhiannon Smith, a third year pediatric resident who is going into Pediatric Critical Care.  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.

Procedural Skills

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.

 

Quality Improvement

Our nationally-renowned quality improvement curriculum is led by Dr. Greg Randolph, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and one of our  continuity clinic attendings. Residents are charged with identifying an issue either in clinic or on the wards where they wish to see improvement and working with a faculty advisor to develop and carry out their project. Residents often work in groups, and can either start a new project or join an ongoing quality improvement effort. Some projects span less than one year, whereas other residents choose to become involved early and continue their project through all three years of residency. Residents are encouraged to submit the results of their projects for presentation at venues ranging from our Department of Pediatrics Evening of Scholarship to national meetings such as Pediatric Academic Societies.

 

Senior Project

Senior residents choose a topic of their choice and prepare a Grand Rounds-style presentation for the residents and faculty. Some residents choose to present the results of their Quality Improvement Project, while others choose another topic. Residents who have taken the opportunity to do international rotations during residency will often take this opportunity to broaden our global perspective by sharing their experiences.

 

 

Advocacy Project

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 intraining 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.

mentor

Continuity Clinic

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 Liason 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.