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Pediatric Residency Program
Overview of electives available to pediatric residents at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Overarching Objectives for All Subspecialty Rotations
Interpersonal and Communication Skills:
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement:
Patient Care and Medical Knowledge:
During three years of residency, you are expected to have completed 7 months of subspecialty training. Four months are “core” subspecialties from the first column and three months are “additional” subspecialties which must come from either the core, or the expanded additional subspecialties listed below. One of these is required, Pediatric Surgery, and so it does not count toward the 6 months of “individualized curriculum”. The other two additional months, however, will count toward your individualized curriculum. The remaining 4 “educational units” of individualized curriculum will be delivered during the longitudinal curriculum for interns and juniors (32 half days, 1 educational unit), and three months of PIC (Pediatric Individualized Curriculum) time in the senior year. PIC months need to be well designed and mentored, as well as approved by your advisors, but they can be anything that helps develop you as a physician, working toward your long term learning and career goals.
Four Core Subspecialty Months
The ACGME requires that you complete four educational units (4 week blocks) of four key subspecialties from those listed below. These must be full one month experiences (e.g. NOT 2 weeks allergy, 2 weeks pulmonary):
Three Additional Subspecialty Months
The ACGME requires you to complete three additional educational units (4 week blocks) consisting of single subspecialties or combinations of subspecialties (e.g allergy and pulmonary CAN be combined). Pediatric Surgery counts for one of these months. Therefore, you will be selecting experiences from either the list above or from the following list. These two months should be chosen based on your own learning and career needs.
Three PIC (Pediatric Individualized Curriculum) Months
The ACGME requires you to complete a total of six months of “individualized curriculum” designed to meet your own learning and career needs. You will have completed one month of this as part of the longitudinal curriculum in the PGY-1 and PGY-2 years. The two months of subspecialty medicine that are chosen for these needs also count. The remaining three additional educational units (4 week blocks) may be chosen from the lists below, or may be one of the program-sponsored PICs listed below. In addition, a resident may design a PIC along with a faculty mentor(s) using the template on Wikidot. We encourage residents to create research PIC rotations and the MGHfC Research Council is available to help set those up. Global Health PICs must be designed with input from the MGHfC Division of Global Health. All PIC rotations must have pre-defined goals and objectives that are approved by the Course Director and program advisors.
“Reading Electives” are prohibited unless express permission from one of the program directors is obtained at least one month prior to the rotation. In rare instances, when you have a defined set of goals and objectives to accomplish under the mentorship of a faculty member, such rotations may be approved..
“Away Electives”,both domestic and international, require an application and approval process. Please follow the instructions on Wikidot to apply for an away elective. This process needs to be started several months in advance.
To schedule a subspecialty or PIC rotation at MGH/Affiliated sites, you must take the following steps:
MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Last Revision: 8/8/2013
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