Curriculum

General Pediatrics Experience

Inpatient

Our residents rotate on the inpatient services of 2 hospitals that are a part of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).  These hospitals are very different and provide the residents a nice breadth and depth of general pediatrics experience.

Rotations at CHOA-Hughes Spalding occur during their first and third years.  Hughes Spalding is a small children’s hospital with 24 inpatient beds, a very busy Emergency Room and Urgent Care.  It runs very much like a more typical community hospital.  Here, our residents learn about more “bread and butter” general pediatrics. 

They also rotate at CHOA-Scottish Rite.  Scottish Rite is a tertiary/quaternary regional referral hospital that has some of the very sickest children in the state of Georgia.  They spend time on the inpatient service here during their second year. This allows them to get comfortable with the busy pace of a busy hospital with patients who have complex medical conditions.

Continuity Clinic

All PL-1’s have continuity clinic at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding.  They have their own patient panels with the goal of increasing continuity with their patients.  After the first year, the PL2’s and PL3’s have their continuity experiences in community primary care offices.  We have a longstanding partnership with our community physicians and this has made for enhanced training experiences for our senior residents.

Subspecialty Experience:

Residents also participate in a core set of subspecialty rotations including but not limited to:

  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pulmonology

Many of these subspecialty rotations have both inpatient and outpatient components.  Subspecialty rotation goals and objectives complement the community-based generalist curriculum.

Term Neonatal Medicine:

Well newborn care is taught at Dekalb Medical Center which is a community hospital just outside of metro Atlanta. The Maternity Center at Dekalb Medical Center welcomes nearly 3,000 newborns a year, placing them among the top five maternity programs in Georgia.  Here our residents get a wealth of experience in newborn care and the approach to common newborn illnesses and problems.

NICU:

Neonatal Intensive Care is also taught at one of our community hospitals.  Gwinnett Medical Center sees a large number of newborns in its NICU each year.  This allows our resident to have a robust experience.

PICU:

Resident experience in Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine is done at CHOA-Egleston.  Egleston is a quaternary regional referral hospital.  The PICU provides the following services:

  • 74 pediatric intensive care beds
  • Board-certified pediatricians trained in critical care
  • Nurses with expertise in pediatric intensive care
  • State-of-the-art life monitoring technologies and life support
  • Emergency medical transportation by ground and air 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Pediatric ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) Center with sophisticated heart and lung bypass machines

Emergency Medicine:

Our residents get there Emergency Medicine Experience at CHOA Hughes Spalding and CHOA Egleston.  These 2 hospitals see over 100,000 emergency department patients each year

Children's is home to the first state-designated Level 1 pediatric trauma center in Georgia, located at the Egleston hospital location. The Level 1 distinction is the highest ranking of its kind, and recognizes centers that provide premier care and conduct academic research.