The University of Arizona Health Sciences

Curriculum at a Glance

The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics Residency Training Program provides a combination of progressive educational experiences and increasing patient care responsibilities. A wide breadth of patient material is assured from local, regional, state-wide outreach clinic and national referrals. Extensive elective and research opportunities augment core rotations.

During ward and ICU months there is a patient cap for resident admissions and team patient load, ensuring maximal education and excellent patient care.

2017-18 Policy & Procedure Manual 

Pediatric Level 1 (PL-1)

The first year of residency is designed to provide a comprehensive experience in inpatient and outpatient pediatrics; a basic foundation of knowledge of human growth and development and pediatric diseases; and an opportunity to develop the basic clinical and technical skills involved in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and diseases of infants, children and adolescents.

The PL-1 year is preceded by a week-long orientation to ease the transition from medical school to internship. Certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) are obtained during this time.

First-year residents rotate through the inpatient pediatric wards at Banner-University Medical Center (BUMC), the neonatal intensive care unit, the normal newborn nursery, and the Hematology/Oncology service. Rotations in the ambulatory clinics take place at BUMC and BUMC-Children's Multispecialty Center. All PL-1s have rotations in adolescent medicine and one elective of their choice. Each resident establishes his/her own weekly continuity clinic, which extends throughout the training program.

The PL-1 is the primary physician for pediatric patients. The PL-1 also has the responsibility for teaching medical students.  The resident completes the initial patient history, performs the physical examination and, after consulting with the senior resident and attending faculty, writes the appropriate orders.

  • Clinic for 2 blocks
  • Wards for 3.5 blocks
  • Emergency Medicine for 1 block
  • Elective for 1 block
  • Hematology-Oncology for 1.5 blocks
  • Nursery for 1 block
  • NICU for 1 block
  • Adolescent Medicine for 1 block
  • Vacation for 4 weeks (split into two 2-week segments)

Pediatric Level 2 (PL-2)

This year provides an opportunity for resident physicians to improve their clinical skills and to assume increasing levels of responsibility for patient care, as well as the supervision and teaching of first-year residents and students. PL-2s also expand their knowledge and skills in emergency medicine and subspecialty areas. Please see the Pathway Block Description 2016 for more information on pathways.

Inpatient rotations include inpatient wards, pediatric and neonatal intensive care units. Ambulatory medicine experience is obtained at BUMC, BUMC-Children's Multispecialty Center and a community site for those pursuing the ambulatory pathway. The Behavior/Development rotation provides experience both with normal children as well as those with chronic handicapping conditions.

Night call during the PL-2 year ranges from every fourth night to every sixth night. There are two blocks without night call.

  • Clinic for 1 block
  • Wards for 2 blocks (including night float)
  • Emergency Medicine for 1 block (call-free)
  • NICU for 1 block
  • PICU for 1 block
  • Development for 1 block
  •  Electives for 2 blocks (1 call free)
  • Pathway for 3 blocks
  • Vacation for 4 weeks (split into two 2-week segments)

Pediatric Level 3 (PL-3)

Physicians in their third year assume maximum responsibility for patient care as well as the supervision and teaching of junior house officers and medical students. In addition to inpatient and outpatient rotations, PL-3s are provided with extensive elective time and experience. Please see Pathway Block Description 2016 for more information on pathways for more information on pathways.

Night call during the PL-3 year ranges from every fourth to sixth night. There is one block during which residents can pursue away, rural or international rotations.

  • Clinic for 2 blocks
  • Wards for 2 blocks (including night float)
  •  NICU for 1 block
  • PICU for 1 block
  • Emergency Medicine for 1 block
  • Electives for 2 blocks (1 block call-free)
  • Pathway for 3 blocks
  • Vacation for 4 weeks (split into two 2-week segments)

Pediatric Level 4 (PL-4)

There are two pediatric Chief Residents elected by housestaff and faculty.

Continuity Clinic:

Each resident has one half-day of continuity clinic each week. Prior to beginning the first year, interns are able to rank their continuity clinic preferences. There are 5 different site options: Banner University Medical Center's general pediatric clinic, BUMC-Children's Multispecialty Center general pediatric clinic, El Rio Community Health Center pediatric clinic, or one of several private pediatric practices.  While all clinics provide experience in ambulatory pediatrics and gaining continuity with patients, each clinic has unique patient populations.