Curriculum for Pediatric Residency | Blank Children's Hospital

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Pediatric Residency Curriculum

The Pediatric Residency Program at Blank Children's Hospital is an excellent combination of required experiences and elective rotations.  The academic year is made up of 13 four-week blocks. 


  • Inpatient (5 Blocks)
  • NICU (1 Block) 
  • ED (1 Block)
  • Office Practice (1 Block)
  • Individualized Rotation (1 Block)
  • Normal Newborn (1 Block) 
  • Developmental Medicine (1 Block) 
  • Neurology (1 Block)
  • Cardiology (1 Block)
  • Infectious Disease or Pulmonology (1 Block)


  • Inpatient (3 Blocks)
  • PICU (1 Block)
  • NICU (1 Block)  
  • ED (1 Block) 
  • Individualized Rotation (2 Blocks) 
  • Gastroenterology (1 Block) 
  • Adolescent Medicine (1 Block) 
  • Electives (2 Blocks)
  • PICU Night (4 weeks, split between 2 Blocks)


  • Inpatient (3 Blocks)  
  • PICU (1 Block) 
  • NICU (1 Block) 
  • ED (1 Block)
  • Individualized Rotation (3 Blocks) 
  • Endocrinology (1 Block) 
  • Hematology/Oncology (1 Block) 
  • Broadlawns Medical Center (County Hospital located in Des Moines) (1 Block)
  • PICU Night (4 weeks, split between 2 Blocks)


Elective time is made available for the residents to explore additional training opportunities in pediatrics and concentrate on specific areas of interest. 

  • Administration
  • Adolescent medicine (additional time, if desired)
  • Allergy/Immunology 
  • Anesthesia
  • Bioethics 
  • Broadlawns Medical Center 
  • Cardiology* 
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Psychiatry 
  • Dermatology 
  • Dentistry
  • Developmental Medicine (additional time, if desired) 
  • Endocrinology* 
  • Gastroenterology* 
  • Hematology/Oncology*
  • Hospice/Palliative Care 
  • Infectious Diseases**
  • Inpatient (senior elective) 
  • Nephrology 
  • Neurology 
  • Pediatric Surgery 
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology 
  • Pediatric Orthopedics 
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Pediatric Therapies 
  • Public Health 
  • Pulmonology* 
  • Radiology 
  • Research
  • Sports Medicine

*ACGME "Elective" required rotation at Blank Children's
**Either Infectious Disease OR Pulmonology is required at Blank Children's for PL-1s

Continuity Clinic

One-half day per week - occurs in the Blank Children's Pediatric Clinic - John R. Grubb - Variety Club or a community-based office.

Individualized Rotations

Individualized rotations are available with director approval. These would can be selected from the "elective" list, or may include a rotation specific to your career goals (i.e. sedation, transport, pediatric therapies, international rotations, etc.). Two away rotations are allowed throughout your residency.


Our extensive formal education program is structured to cover a broad range of core pediatric topics over your three-year residency.

Conferences Include:


Bedside rounds occur five times per week with hospitalists. Teaching rounds occur five times per week with a hematology/oncology faculty member. 

Noon Conference 

Resident noon conferences are scheduled to cover specific topics each year. These noon conferences include group board study sessions, clinical case discussions, didactic presentations in all sub-specialty areas, morbidity and mortality, ethics and journal club.

Block Conference

Occur on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 1-3 pm. One topic is covered from the viewpoint of three different sub-specialties.

Grand Rounds 

Grand Rounds occur on Fridays at 12:15 p.m. and are attended by faculty, students, residents, nurses and community-based pediatricians.