Pediatrics Residency Curriculum
NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s Pediatrics Residency offers an unsurpassed specialty training experience to our resident physicians. We develop an individualized curriculum for each resident based on personal career goals and learning needs. Pediatric residents participate in a variety of quality improvement projects and a robust patient safety and medical errors curriculum.
Our residents take an active part in shaping their own educational experience through participation in educational, wellness, and diversity and inclusion committees within the department as well as on institutional-level committees.
The residency in pediatrics is a three-year program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). It includes clinical, didactic, and research training that is supervised and scheduled by the Department of Pediatrics. The residency program is overseen by Jill A. Leavens-Maurer, MD, program director.
Pediatrics Residency program aims include preparing residents with the following competencies:
- a strong foundation in general pediatrics with experiences caring for diverse patient populations
- the ability to care for medically underserved populations, including accessing community resources to meet the needs of families
- the ability to adapt to the rapidly changing healthcare environment, with a particular focus on patient safety and quality improvement
- the knowledge and skills needed for effective communication with patients, families, colleagues, and other healthcare professionals
- a commitment to lifelong learning
We accept 12 residents each year. Residents obtain valuable clinical experience with diverse patient populations at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island and other inpatient and outpatient locations.
Residents rotate through a wide array of pediatric care services, including the following:
- adolescent medicine
- ambulatory and community pediatrics
- child neurology
- developmental pediatrics
- emergency medicine
- inpatient service
- newborn nursery
- the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island
Residents spend one half-day per week during their first year and two half-days per week during their second and third years in resident continuity clinic. This ambulatory experience at one of two medical homes allows residents to function as the primary care physician to diverse families from all over Long Island. Residents follow the same children for both health supervision and sick visits as part of their panel of patients.
Our individualized curriculum allows residents to customize their block schedules toward their fellowship or career goals. Residents have eight weeks devoted to individualized curriculum. During the second and third years, residents have 30 weeks to create their own block schedules.
Elective rotations provide residents with clinical experience in office and hospital settings. We offer an array of elective courses.
A cornerstone of our residency is a rigorous didactic curriculum designed to provide residents with hands-on experience in a wide variety of settings and opportunities to attend and present at conferences and rounds.
Residents attend weekly conferences including Pediatric Grand Rounds, Radiology Rounds, a core lecture series led by Department of Pediatrics faculty, a pediatric board review, and a conference with the NICU team focusing on topics related to perinatology.
Monthly conferences include journal club; a teaching resident lecture by a third-year resident; a patient safety and medical errors meeting attended by the inpatient team and chief quality and safety officer for children’s services; a dean’s conference; a maternal–fetal medicine conference; and a multidisciplinary conference attended by all pediatric residents and faculty.
Resident also participate in trauma simulation scenarios led by one of our emergency physicians and receive hands-on training on suturing, splinting, casting, and other emergency department (ED) procedures.
Training also includes on-site mock codes using a high-fidelity mannequin in the NICU, PICU, or inpatient unit. The mock code is followed by debriefing sessions to discuss what went well, identify learning gaps, discuss best practice, and answer questions.
Scholarly activity is a requirement of the Pediatrics Residency. Our residents can select a focus in basic research, clinical research, or both; quality improvement; or advocacy. Our faculty mentors have diverse research backgrounds and interests and are widely published in leading journals.
Residents have the option of selecting a two- or four-week research elective during their training. Many of our residents have had posters and oral presentations at local, regional, and national meetings.