The Pediatric Residency Program offers the physician-in-training a wide spectrum of opportunities to learn child health care. The Department believes that primary care is the essential foundation to prepare the resident to enter pediatric practice either as a generalist or sub specialist. The department includes 30 faculty members and is growing. Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Radiology and Pathology are covered by members of other departments within The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC).
Inpatient Pediatric Training
Inpatient teaching takes place only at TBHC. The inpatient experience takes place in block rotations in different areas. The pediatric floor at the hospital consists of a 18-bed unit, and we have a brand new state-of-the-art 6-bed pediatric intensive care unit next door. The residents also spend time in the 36 bassinet term nursery, and in the 20 bassinet neonatal intensive care unit. The obstetrical service oversees approximately 2,200 deliveries per year.
Admissions to the inpatient service are mostly from our own Emergency Department and outpatient areas, and this yields a rich patient mix that encompasses all aspects of child and adolescent pathology.
During the impatient experiences each resident has the opportunity to care for newborns, infants, children and adolescents. Patients hospitalized at TBHC include those with common pediatric problems as well as those requiring tertiary and/or intensive care.
Outpatient Primary Care Experiences
Every resident spends one half day a week in their continuity care clinic at TBHC. The residents are the primary physicians for the patients and families in their continuity care clinic. Residents are expected to provide continuity of care for a group of patients throughout their residency. Residents are expected to be responsible for following up all pertinent labs and studies for their panel of patients as well as referring patients for additional consultations, coordinating all care and follow up visits. Residents also rotate through a one month block outpatient pediatric experience in their first year and third year, as well as a one month block of community pediatrics in their first year. The third year outpatient rotation includes a focus on the workings of a private practice, during which they visit outside private offices in our surrounding community.
In addition to caring for subspecialty patients during inpatient and outpatient rotations, structured subspecialty rotations are offered in many subspecialty areas. We have subspecialty faculty in the following areas: Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology, Infectious Disease, Rheumatology. Genetics, and Pulmonology. Residents also rotate through a month of Adolescent Medicine during their first year and a month of Child Behavior and Development in their first or second year. In their PL-2 year, residents have a one month elective during which they can choose a subspecialty experience at TBHC or rotate through an outside institution. We also have a Pediatric Radiologist and a Dermatologist who can supervise additional month long experiences.