Pediatrics

Pediatrics Residency Educational Experience

Our rotational schedule follows a 4 week “block” system allowing for 13 educational experience in a calendar year.


Post Graduate Year One

  • Inpatient: 3 blocks
  • Night Float **: 1 block
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: 1 block
  • Newborn Nursery: 1 block
  • Ambulatory/Outpatient: 2 blocks
  • Developmental Pediatrics: 1 block
  • Hematology/Oncology Inpatient: 1 block
  • PICU***: 1 block
  • Elective*: 2 blocks 

* includes 2 weeks of pediatric bedside ultrasound curriculum

** Night float rotations are broken into 2 weeks twice during the PGY-1 year

*** PICU Rotation begins second half of intern year

Post Graduate Year Two

  • Inpatient: 3 blocks
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: 1 block
  • Pediatric Emergency Room: 1 block
  • Ambulatory/Outpatient: 4 blocks
  • Pediatric Intensive Care: 1 block
  • Pediatric Adolescent Rotation**: 1 block
  • Electives: 2 blocks
** involves rotating at various sites including Adolescent Female Teen clinic, Department of Juvenile Justice, Sports Medicine Clinic, Hall Psychiatric Institute and Healthy Lifestyles Clinic.

Post Graduate Year Three

  • Inpatient: 2 blocks
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: 1
  • Inpatient: 2 blocks
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: 1 block
  • Pediatric Emergency Room: 1 block
  • Ambulatory/Outpatient: 3 blocks
  • Selective*: 1 block
  • Electives: 4 blocks
  • Night Float: 1 block
* involves ½ day overseeing/running inpatient services and ½ day selective/elective experience tailored to future practice plans

Educational Sessions

  • Inpatient Services: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday:  45 min interactive teaching session focusing on recently admitted patients (A mini-morning report). Run by Pediatric Hospitalists, USC School of Medicine Vice Chair of Education, and Department of Pediatrics Chairman
  • Ambulatory: Three weekly conferences and daily post clinic review focusing on outpatient care as well as outpatient care run by Academic Ambulatory Pediatricians, Senior Pediatric Residents
  • Interactive Subspecialty Case Discussions: Beginning academic year 2020; weekly “chalk talks” given by pediatric subspecialist on high yield and need to know topics over 15 minute sessions.
  • Patient Management: Weekly interactive morning report teaching sessions run by USC School of Medicine Vice Chair of Education with lively input from residents/students/and faculty.
  • Lunch Conferences: Three times weekly on variety of subspecialty and general pediatric topics
  • Pediatric Board Review Course: Run by USC School of Medicine Vice Chair of Education with focus on test taking skills in addition to knowledge acquisition on a variety of core topics
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds: Weekly lecture series focusing on the latest topics given by local, regional, and national speakers to those interested in pediatric topics.