Shortly after entry into the training program, residents are paired with a faculty advisor for discussing evaluations or personal issues, as well as for guidance in career planning and professional development.
The residents and the program coordinators plan activities to bring residents and their families together throughout the year. These include beach barbecues, seasonal parties, and 'get togethers' at the end of rotations. Resident retreats free from work duty and patient care responsibilities are held off site in the spring and fall of each year.
Residents are on call every fourth night on average. Backup call systems are in place for each training level, and there is only limited call during the PGY-2 ambulatory block rotations. Residents have at least three call-free months during their three years of training, and residents receive an average of one full day off per week during all rotations. A Night Float System is used during the PGY-1 and PGY-3 year to help cover the inpatient services. The UTMB Department of Pediatrics complies with the ACGME Duty Hours regulations.
Resident Council/Graduate Medical Education Committee
The Department of Pediatrics’ Resident Council, composed of the chief resident and two residents from each training year, participates in the design and evaluation of the educational curriculum for residency training. The chief resident and two additional members from the council serve as housestaff representatives on the department’s Graduate Medical Education Committee.
Residents are required to be certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation. Training is provided during residency.
The residents are required to take the yearly pediatric In-Training Exam. After each rotation, Faculty evaluate resident competencies within the ACGME-specific domains using an on-line evaluation system. The Program Director uses these evaluations to document resident competencies for the purposes of promotion, graduation and ABP credentialing at the completion of residency. Also after each rotation, residents evaluate faculty competencies.