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Year by Year

Classof2022.jpgIntern Year (PGY-1) 

The first year of residency is a time of tremendous learning in immersive experiences. Best to just jump right in! During inpatient months, interns are the primary contact for specialists, nurses, and patients and their families. In the emergency department, 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 available to support and teach them. Interns also play an integral role in educating the wonderful UMass Chan Medical School students who are rotating on pediatrics.  

Second Year (PGY-2) 

Residents take on increasing responsibility during their second year. They lead ward teams and begin their PICU experience. They take overnight shifts in the emergency department, working one-on-one with a pediatric emergency room 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 elective time during the second year, enabling residents to explore different pediatric subspecialty fields and work toward the exciting process of career planning.



Third Year (PGY-3) 

Residents take on more teaching and clinical responsibility during their final year. They are mastering their leadership skills on their clinical teams and play a large part in role modeling teaching and organizational styles. Elective time is used to further explore subspecialty fields, or to tailor their own individualized electives, 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. And our seniors are ready for the challenge!

Residents get 4 weeks per year of vacation time. Scheduling vacations is personalized and flexible to maximize the benefits of time spent away from work.

Our program uses a night float system on all inpatient rotations except for the ED, which is shift work. Interns participate in a night float call system for the wards and NICU, which entails one week of night call out of four weeks. Seniors have two weeks of night coverage at a time on the wards or PICU.