Pediatrics Curriculum

The pediatrics program at UPMC Shadyside provides exposure to the whole scope of pediatrics required for the practice of family medicine. Four required rotations are dedicated to pediatrics during the residency, and additional electives are also available.

As a PGY-1, our residents spend oOne month is spent at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) of UPMC, where the resident provides care on an inpatient team. CHP provides the inpatient and emergency care for the majority of children in the City of Pittsburgh and the majority of western Pennsylvaniasurrounding areas,. CHP averagesaveraging 12,500over 15,000 admissions per year.; therefore,Our residents see care for patients with common problems, as well as, some more complex cases during this month.a huge variety of complaints, ranging from the bread-and-butter to the incredibly rare.

The Interns also rotate on an Ambulatory Pediatics/Nursery rotation during the PGY-1 year is divided into a newborn nursery experience and an ambulatory pediatrics experience. The newborn nursery experience consists of two weeks of daily rounds in the mornings in the well-baby nurseries at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, led by with pediatric residents and a faculty pediatrician from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. In additionFollowing morning rounds, residents spend three afternoons per week for two weeks in the newborn follow-up clinic where many breastfeeding babies are seen.

A formal web-based newborn nursery curriculum, consisting of accompanied by case discussions and required readings, supports this clinical experience. The ambulatory portion of In addition, first-year residents on this rotation spend consists of two and one half-days per week for two weeks in a board- certified community pediatrician's office. This ambulatory pediatric experience is supplemented by four half daysfour mornings of a clinical ambulatory pediatricdidactic and clinical ambulatory pediatric care curriculum, taught by UPMC Shadyside's faculty pediatrician. Teaching strategies modalities include case discussions, lectures, videos, assigned readings and self-study modules.

During the second and third years of training, residents spend one rotation each year4 weeks and 6 weeks, respectively, in the eEmergency dDepartment at CHP. Since CHP averages 53,000over 70,000 emergency room visits per year, this experience givesproviding exposure to a wide variety of acute care pediatrics in a busy setting. Our trainees work alongside residents from a variety of disciplines and pediatric emergency medicine fellows and attendings. Before rotating at CHP, residents will complete a Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course. In addition, third year residents spend another two weeks in the CHP Emergency Department working four ten-hour shifts. During this two week rotation, residents are assigned to Family Health Center office hours in order to catch up on required patient numbers.

Beyond these four pediatric rotations, pediatric care is embedded in numerous other rotations. One of the joys of residency is delivering a child and then following this child throughout his or her early years of life, and. Beyond scheduled rotations, residents will spend time seeing children as part of their continuity care at UPMC Shadyside's Family Health Center.

Approximately 20% percent of all patient visits at the Family Health Center are for patients under the age of 15 years. Residents will see children for acute care, well-child checks, with immunizations, chronic medical care, acute complaints, and a variety of other specialty medical examinations.