The Department of Pediatrics is committed to providing quality educational experiences at the bedside and in didactic conferences. Vanderbilt housestaff are exposed to a wide variety of subjects and teaching styles through weekly conferences, morning reports, journal clubs, and ward rounds.
Our residents assume a primary role in educating medical students at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. While interns typically teach by example, it is the expectation of the junior and senior residents to provide "chalk talks" and more formalized teaching sessions with the students.
There are also ample opportunities to teach non-physicians. From breastfeeding classes for new mothers to lectures in the school of nursing, housestaff improve the health of children by sharing knowledge in the classroom and in our local communities.
Intern Year (PGY-1): The first year of residency is a chance for rapid learning and on-the-job training. It is the desire of the program that the intern be the primary caregiver of the team and the point of contact for nurses and families. The goal of the training program is to surround the intern with the tools and support necessary to provide outstanding care to his/her patients.
Junior Resident (PGY-2): Teaching responsibilities assume a much greater role in the second year of residency, and much of the year is spent in areas of high acuity (pediatric ICU, neonatal ICU, and pediatric ED). Subspecialty exposure is increased and residents are encouraged to pursue research, advocacy, international or fellowship interests during this time.
Senior Resident (PGY-3): Senior residents also have the opportunity to pursue career interests and serve as invaluable resources to the inpatient teams and specialty services. By serving as chiefs of the ambulatory center and leading inpatient services, senior residents enjoy great autonomy and drive much of the clinical care at Children's Hospital.