INPATIENT PEDIATRICS AT THE CHILDREN'S OF ALABAMA
For inpatient services, interns and residents usually begin pre-rounding around 6:30 - 7:00 am. Vitals, labs, films, and radiology reports can be retrieved on any computer in the hospital or on the I-Pod Touch supplied to each resident. All residents are expected to attend and participate in morning report from 8:00-8:30, and rounds with the attending begin at around 8:30. Most teams walk round in the morning with their attending, with the exception of on morning in each admitting cycle when they sit down round with the overnight team.
Rounds are designed to be run by the upper level residents with attending supervision. The attending is present every day for rounds and plays a vital role in day-to-day education. Inpatient rounds are finished by 12pm so that residents are able to go to noon conference.
GENERAL INPATIENT SERVICES
The ambulatory curriculum is designed to offer a broad-based experience in several clinical settings. Experience in outpatient pediatrics is spread throughout the three years of residency and is centered at Children’s of Alabama and immediate surrounding area. This experience is spent in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the Emergency Department at Children’s of Alabama, the Sparks Center at UAB, sub-specialty ambulatory clinics at Children’s of Alabama, at community care clinics managed by the Jefferson County Department of health, and with a number of community private pediatric offices. There are also dedicated outpatient subspecialty months that focus on the outpatient aspects of specific subspecialties.
The Emergency Department rotation consists of shifts ranging from 4-12 hours in duration. Like most urban Children’s Hospitals, the emergency department cares for a wide array of ambulatory problems ranging from routine pediatric concerns to acute-life threatening trauma or illness. Approximately 60,000 children are evaluated in the emergency department of Children’s of Alabama each year. During an emergency department rotation, resident provide initial contact and care with supervision from trained, emergency medicine specialists.
PRIMARY CARE CLINIC
Residents spend, on average, ½ day a week in Continuity Clinic at the Primary Care Clinic adjacent to Children’s of Alabama. Located in Park Place, approximately 1 block from the hospital, residents serve as the general pediatricians for children from the surrounding community. Residents are each assigned approximately 125 patients. rangings from newborns to 18 year olds, with a variety of medical problems.
All residents complete a one month experience in Adolescent medicine. This rotation provides the basis for evaluation and care of this special pediatric population. Training locations include the inpatient and outpatient facilities of the Children’s of Alabama as well as special instruction in eating disorders clinic, juvenile detention centers, weight management clinics, adolescent HIV clinic, adolescent gynecology experiences, and a teen transition clinic.
BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPMENT
An understanding of normal and abnormal behavior and development are key foundations of training in pediatrics. A one month experience in behavior and development is required for all residents. Multi-disciplinary clinics serve as a backbone of the rotation. In addition, community agency exposure with United Cerebral Palsy, the YMCA Day Care center and school based programs with the EPIC school round out the broad based educational opportunities. Educational modules and clinical case scenarios supplement the clinic rotations.
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A total of 4 months during residency is spent in the 115 bed, level III+ Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) at UAB hospital. As one of the busiest NICU’s in the nation, residents can expect to see a wide range of patients ranging from 23 weeks gestational age to full term. Residents attend all high risk or otherwise complicated deliveries and thus become proficient at resuscitating newborns on this rotation. Additionally, residents have the opportunity to perform numerous procedures including intubation, umbilical line placement, and lumbar puncture. With the recent addition of a Cardiovascular NICU, residents are also exposed to the management and care of neonates with cardiac lesions. Call for 2nd and 3rd years is every 4th night. Interns are on a rotating night float system with one week of nights and three weeks of days every month.
NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE
PEDIATRIC SUB-SPECIALTY ROTATIONS (CHILDREN'S OF ALABAMA AND UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL)
The UAB Pediatric residency training program offers sub-specialty exposure to the full array of pediatric experiences. Sub-specialty rotations range from primarily inpatient experiences (Hematology-Oncology, Pulmonary and Renal) to primarily outpatient experiences (Allergy and Immunology, Cardiology and Rheumatology) or mixed inpatient/outpatient experiences (Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Infectious disease, Neurology and Genetics). Subspecialty rotations are spread throughout the three years of training.