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Pediatric Residency Fast Facts
- We care for a very diverse group of patients, with a range of ages, cultures and social backgrounds.
- Housestaff are exposed to numerous pediatric illnesses, from tertiary care to routine “bread and butter” general pediatrics.
- Residents experience and learn from patients and illnesses that other individuals only read about.
- As a regional referral center residents are exposed to the same disease in a variety of presentations.
- Inexpensive hospital-owned housing is available nearby for those who are interested.
- $150-$165 in meals are provided for each four-week block while on call at the hospital.
- Interns receive a book stipend at the start of training.
- The program covers PALS, BLS and NRP expenses, and reimburses the full payment for the USMLE Step III exam and California Medical Licensure fees.
- There is a holiday party in December and an “end-of-the-year” party in June, with full overnight coverage for all housestaff.
- Residents receive 4 weeks of vacation each year (5 weeks during the PL-1 year) with an additional 4-5 days off over the winter holidays
- There is a two day overnight intern retreat in February and one day PL-2 and PL-3 retreats..
- We have state-of-the-art electronic medical record system for order-entry, documentation and laboratory results.
- Residents receive membership to the American Academy of Pediatrics and subscriptions to Pediatrics, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and Pediatrics in Review.
- There is 24-hour access both on and off campus to pediatric library resources and database subscriptions (e.g., Up-to-Date, Ovid Online, etc.).
- There is a superb ancillary staff, which includes pediatric- trained nurses, child life specialists, nutritionists, social workers, clinical care coordinators, chaplains and more.
- There are dedicated phlebotomy and IV teams.
- House staff routinely obtain prestigious fellowship and general practice positions throughout the country.
- Employers and fellowship directors often comment that they can trust the training that graduates from Children's Hospital Los Angeles residency receive.
- There is both a general pediatric mentorship program for all residents and an additional subspecialty mentorship/advisor program for any interested housestaff.
- Our graduates routinely let us know how much they appreciate their training, and how well prepared they are for clinical practice.
- Housestaff have 10 four-week elective blocks during their three years, providing tremendous flexibility and a wealth of learning possibilities, including off-site and international experiences.
- Educational opportunities are varied allowing for all types of learners (e.g., morning report, senior resident rounds, noon conferences, OSCEs, interpersonal skills sessions, etc.).
- There are opportunities to learn from world-renowned specialists on a daily basis.
- There are numerous opportunities to teach (e.g., case conference, continuity clinic conferences, medical students, etc.).
- Professional development (including instruction on interpersonal skills, professionalism, teaching, etc.) is part of the residency curriculum.
- You receive training in various procedural skills (e.g., lumbar punctures, intravenous line placement, etc.).
- The program is designed for the residents and seeks their input on all major decisions.
- We provide a free 4-week Board Review course for all Children's Hospital Los Angeles residents.
- We have a 96 percent pass rate on the Pediatric Board certifying exam over the past 17 years.
- Faculty write all post-call notes on the general wards.
- Our continuity clinic has a resident-to-faculty preceptor ratio of 2.5:1.
- We have full-time interpreters, nutritionists and psychologists in continuity clinic.
- The majority of resident continuity appointments are for common ambulatory pediatric conditions.
- All PL-2 residents participate in a 4-week Ambulatory Pediatric rotation that combines small group didactics with ambulatory clinical experiences.