A comprehensive curriculum for the Pediatrics Residency includes community pediatrics, subspecialty care, critical care and ambulatory care as well as opportunities to pursue medical research and experiences in global health and community health. With graduated responsibility each year, the program incorporates all core competencies and the main components of clinical care: inpatient, ambulatory, primary, specialty and critical care. In each of the three program years, residents complete 13, four-week rotations, choose two or three electives, and can preference rotation blocks to develop an individualized curriculum to fit their needs.
The majority of rotations are based at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health on the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus. Other rotations occur at IU Health Methodist Hospital and Eskenazi Health, the county hospital—both located downtown Indianapolis, near the IU School of Medicine campus—and at IU Health North Hospital in suburban Carmel.
Residents are assigned a continuity clinic to develop skills of longitudinal care. As the name of the clinic implies, residents have the same assignment throughout their residency in order to maintain a personal panel of patients and families. The continuity experience is offered in a variety of environments that includes hospital and community-based clinics and private practices. Residents may preference their continuity clinic based on career goals and special interests, such as largely underserved urban neighborhood clinics, subspecialty clinics or clinics with a large Spanish-speaking population. Residents attend their clinic one half-day per week and maintain the same faculty mentor(s) throughout the three years. Skills in efficient primary care management are emphasized with attention to health systems issues.
The pediatrics residency program strikes a good balance in support for time off and rest, while preparing residents to manage admissions, deliveries and events that are unique to nights and call. The overall call schedule is comparable to most large academic centers; call is an important time to learn, develop independent decision-making and participate in deliveries and procedures. Resident teams on call work together, and have 24/7 in-house faculty support for teaching and assistance.