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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview | Inpatient Rotations | Outpatient Rotations | Electives

PGY I - Intern Year

The intern year provides an intensive introduction into both inpatient and outpatient pediatrics. Interns assess and treat patients in the emergency room, the inpatient ward, pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric clinic, newborn nursery, and neonatal intensive care unit with the direct supervision of senior residents and faculty.

Rotation In-pt (ward) NICU PICU Ambulatory Clinic Behavioral Peds Adolescent Med
Blocks 3 1 0 2 1 0
Rotation Emergency Newborn Nursery Night Shift Electives Enrichment Individual Curriculum
Blocks 1 1 2 1 1 0

PGY II - Second Year

The second year resident assumes increasing supervisory and teaching responsibilities in both the inpatient and outpatient areas. Additionally, the junior residents rotate through several pediatric subspecialties providing an opportunity for increasing breadth of knowledge.

Rotation In-pt (ward) NICU PICU Ambulatory Clinic Behavioral Peds Adolescent Med
Blocks 2 2 1 1 0 1
Rotation Emergency Newborn Nursery Night Shift Electives Enrichment Individual Curriculum
Blocks 0 1 1 2 1 2

PGY III - Third Year

The third year resident continues to have increased supervisory and teaching responsibilities on the inpatient and outpatient services. The third year resident also has an opportunity to tailor the educational experience to his or her career goals by choosing from a wide variety of electives.

Rotation In-pt (ward) NICU PICU Ambulatory Clinic Behavioral Peds Adolescent Med
Blocks 2 1 1 1 0 0
Rotation Emergency Newborn Nursery Night Shift Electives Enrichment Individual Curriculum
Blocks 1 0 1 1 1 4

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Conferences

Educational Conferences

Each week, residents have a protected 3-4 hours for educational conferences. A curriculum of didactic, as well as small group and case-centered learning covers all areas of general pediatrics. Once per quarter, the residents spend a Tuesday afternoon in the simulation center.

Morning Report

Morning report is held three days per week and is structured as a case conference. Interesting cases are presented by medical students and residents, which are discussed by the audience of faculty, residents, and students.  Journal club is monthly. An up-to-date article is chosen by a resident and is presented for discussion. Evidence-based medicine and statistical analysis are emphasized in these sessions.

Morbidity and Mortality

A morbidity and mortality conference is held at the end of each block. Residents and faculty discuss cases from the previous block.

Tuesday Afternoon Conference

Tuesday afternoon conference each week is devoted to lectures and small group discussions. This afternoon is protected time and residents are excused from all clinical duties.

Grand Rounds

Grand rounds are held weekly and highlight topics of interest to practicing pediatricians, both generalists and sub-specialists.

Obstetrics and Neonatology/Pediatrics

An obstetrics and neonatology/pediatrics conference is held monthly. A case is presented from the obstetric and then the neonatology perspective. This provides an opportunity for collaboration and discussion.  A Post-Graduate Conference is held annually.

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Continuity of Care Clinics

Each resident conducts a continuity clinic in order to establish long lasting relationships with patients and families. The residents follow these patients throughout their residency as the primary care physician.

Hart School-Based Clinic

Residents in subspecialty, adolescent and ambulatory pediatrics rotations travel to Hart, Texas, to conduct a school-based clinic. Hart is a small farming community of about 1,200 people 60 miles north of Lubbock.

Night/Weekend Call

Most of these calls are accomplished with the night shift system which provides coverage for University Medical Center. This allows more flexibility in scheduling and has been a great benefit to our residents. Residents are on call on weekends an average of 1-2 times per month.

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Teaching Sites

University Medical Center is supported by the taxpayers of Lubbock County. It serves as the primary teaching hospital for the Lubbock campus of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and affiliated residency programs. Residents spend one four-week block rotation each year on this inpatient service, three blocks in the NICU and two blocks in the PICU over their three years of residency. The hospital is physically connected to TTUHSC, providing easy access for residents and patients.

  • Texas Tech Physicians of Lubbock includes general pediatric clinics with approximately 20,000 annual visits. Subspecialty clinics include cardiology, genetics, endocrinology, infectious diseases, nephrology, neurology, and pulmonology.
  • Covenant Women and Children’s Hospital is a privately funded hospital for our residents as the second teaching hospital for our residents. Residents spend two four-week block rotations on this inpatient service the first and second years of residency, and one month in their third year of residency. All emergency medicine rotations are completed in the Covenant Children’s Hospital Emergency Room.
  • Residents also have an opportunity to broaden their clinical experiences by seeing patients at both hospitals during subspecialty rotations.

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