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. View our master block schedule.
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Elective time is made available for the residents to explore additional training opportunities in pediatrics. Residents have the opportunity to concentrate on specific areas of interest. All elective opportunities are either located on-campus on nearby in the Des Moines Metro.
|| Infectious Diseases
| Adolescent Medicine**
|| Hospitalist Elective
|| Pediatric Surgery
|| Pediatric Opthalmology
| Child Abuse*
|| Pediatric Orthopedics
| Child Psychiatry
|| Pediatric Otolaryngology
|| Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
|| Pediatric Therapies
| Developmental Medicine**
|| Public Health
|| Sports Medicine
| Hospice/Palliative Care
*ACGME "Elective," required rotation at Blank Children's Hospital
**ACGME required rotation, can be completed an additional time, if desired
One-half day per week - occurs in Blank Children's Pediatrics or a community-based office.
Individualized rotations are available with program director approval. These 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.
Resident noon conferences are scheduled to cover specific topics each year. These noon conferences include didactic presentations in a variety of sub-specialty areas, faculty board study presentations, visual diagnosis presentations, and a residents as teachers series. Residents present the following conferences throughout their training:
- Noon Report (Case Conference) - PL-1, 2 & 3
- Journal Club - PL-2 & 3
- Ethics - PL-2
- Morbidity and Mortality - PL-3
- Senior Grand Rounds - PL-3
- Annual Quality Improvement Project Presentation - PL-1, 2 & 3
- Resident-run Board Study (volunteer basis)
Occur on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 12-3 pm. One topic is covered from the viewpoint of three different sub-specialties.
Grand Rounds occur on Thursday's at 12:15 p.m. and are attended by faculty, students, residents, nurses and community-based pediatricians. View our Grand Rounds schedule.