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Pediatrics Residency Overview

Our fully accredited, three-year pediatrics residency program accepts twelve residents at each level with instruction, guidance and supervision provided by a staff of 78 full-time board-certified physicians.

My residency experience: Pediatrics at Prisma Health Children's Hospital

Chandni Dargan, MD, remembers accompanying her mother, also a pediatrician, to her clinic as a child and knew from an early age that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine. Prisma Health–Midlands offered many opportunities to enhance her education and the environment and quality of instruction that exceeded her high expectations.

Our program’s focus is on primary care and is directed by academic generalists, augmented by subspecialists and based on comprehensive continuity care as the best model for learning and delivering health care. The pediatric clinic has approximately 16,000 visits each year.

Supplementing this experience is a wide range of specialty clinics. Experience is enhanced by rotations in the Pediatric Emergency Medicine department and through continuity care clinics. The pediatric emergency department has approximately 30,000 visits each year.

Physicians who are boarded in pediatric emergency medicine provide resident instruction on a one-on-one basis. Residents are involved in a continuity care program that allows residents to work as “junior partners” in their assigned private practice during the entire three-year training period.

Residents spend a total of nine blocks in the 96-bed Prisma Health–Midlands Children’s Hospital working under the supervision of senior house staff and full-time attending faculty who hold daily work and teaching rounds. Residents spend a total of four blocks in the neonatal intensive care unit and the newborn nursery under the supervision of seven full-time neonatologists. Daily teaching and work rounds are held. The emphasis in the NICU is on stabilization and procedures. In the newborn nursery the emphasis is on routine newborn care. Residents spend a total of two blocks in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) under the supervision of three full-time intensivists. This 14-bed Level I PICU handles more than 600 admissions per year.

Residents have eight electives during their three years of training. The electives include a wide variety of subspecialties. Grand Rounds and at least three house staff teaching conferences are scheduled for all residents each week. Residents play a major role in teaching junior and senior medical students rotating through pediatrics. Research opportunities and support are available.

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