CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Intern Year (PL-1) 

The first year of residency is a time of tremendous learning. During inpatient months, interns are the primary contact for families and nurses. In the ER they gain experience with procedures including lumbar punctures, suturing, splinting and intubation. They learn how to be independent, yet they are never alone, always having a senior resident or faculty mentor available as back up. Interns also play an integral role in educating medical students rotating on Pediatrics. 

Second Year (PL-2) 

Increasing responsibility is the theme of second year. Residents run ward teams and begin their PICU experience. They also take overnight shifts in the ER, working one on one with a pediatric ER attending. Second year is a time to increase the knowledge base gained during intern year and apply it to the care of critically ill children. There is also increasing elective time during the second year, enabling residents to explore different pediatric subspecialty fields and work towards career planning. 

Third Year (PL-3) 

Residents take on more teaching responsibility during their final year. They spend a month on the wards as the teaching resident, and a month in the PICU supporting and educating second year residents. Elective time is used to fill in any gaps in medical knowledge prior to going on to fellowship, academic appointment or primary care. Third years are looked to as the leaders in any critical patient care situation. 

   Rotation Type 

PL-1 blocks 

PL-2 blocks 

PL-3 blocks 

   Inpatient Wards 

1

   ED 

   Continuity Clinic 

   Elective 

2.5 

5.5 

   NICU 

 

   Developmental/Behavioral 

 

 

   Nursery 

 

 

   Project 

 

 

   Critical Care Skills

1

 

 

   Adolescent 

 

   Teaching 

 

 

   PICU 

 

   Night Float 

 

1.5 

   Surgery 

 

 

Three weeks vacation and a four-day holiday break at the end of December are provided each year.

UMass uses a night float system on all inpatient rotations except for the ED (shifts). Interns participate in a night float call system for the Wards and NICU, which entails one week of night call out of 4 weeks. Seniors have two weeks of night float at a time on the Wards or PICU.   There are 3 call-free months PL-1 year, 2.5 call-free months PL-2 year, and 4 call free months PL-3 years.