Patient care is the cornerstone on which all of the educational experiences are built. Experiences relate to all aspects of pediatric medicine.
Traditional rotations include:
- inpatient wards
- the neonatal intensive care unit
- ambulatory clinics
The curriculum incorporates into each resident's education rotations in:
- pediatric critical care
- emergency medicine
- normal newborn care
- adolescent medicine
- behavioral/developmental pediatrics
Subspecialty electives provide the resident an opportunity to manage inpatients, consultations and ambulatory patients.
Throughout the three years, each resident participates in a continuity clinic. This provides a special experience for the resident to observe the physical, emotional and intellectual development of a child over an extended period of time. The resident is the primary care physician to healthy children as well as to those with chronic and acute illnesses. These clinics meet one to two half-days per week.
The curriculum provides an organized, progressive educational opportunity spanning three years. Clinical care, supervisory and educational responsibilities are commensurate with the resident's experience and abilities. Throughout the curriculum, residents are provided the opportunity to become competent in the performance of many procedures. Satisfactory completion of the program fulfills the qualifications for certification established by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Inpatient educational experiences take place at Dayton Children's Hospital. Residents' ambulatory experiences are enhanced by outpatient rotations. These rotations occur in a setting specifically focused on delivering outpatient care to healthy children as well as acutely and chronically ill children. Pediatric residents participate in patient care activities in the inpatient setting, intensive care settings, emergency department and subspecialty clinics at Dayton Children's.
Pediatric residents in the integrated program are able to work at Dayton Children's and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center (WPMC). Through work at both locations, residents treat patients from different ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic settings. Each facility is staffed by a faculty of pediatric generalists and subspecialists who are recruited for their commitment to education. Both sites also provide pediatric training to medical students from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and other primary care residency programs in the area.
Intensive care months (Critical Care, Neonatology), the majority of inpatient wards, emergency medicine months and most subspecialty electives are at Dayton Children's. Ambulatory care and adolescent months occur at WPMC Pediatric Ambulatory Center. The Normal Newborn month is at WPMC during PL-1 year. The program is set up to have 13 twenty-eight day blocks an educational year.