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Curriculum and Rotation Schedule


Our inpatient training is focused at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center on a busy 35-bed pediatric ward. The pediatric ward has an excellent mix of general pediatrics, subspecialty pediatrics including hematology-oncology, and general and subspecialty pediatric surgery. The residents manage the patients on the ward under the guidance of a pediatric hospital-based attending, who is available in-house 24 hours a day. Resident autonomy is developed through senior resident leadership of day and night team activities and family-centered rounds. Our residents also work closely with the various pediatric subspecialists, serving as the first point of communication for all subspecialty consults, and act as a consult service for pediatric cases in the emergency room.

Residents have continuity clinics based at one of our Kaiser East Bay campuses in Oakland, Richmond, Pinole, or San Leandro. Each resident carries their own panel of patients, and many serve as providers for newborn patients from their well-baby nursery and NICU experiences and follow them for the entire length of training. Senior residents have concentrated experiences in serving as junior preceptors as well as a senior level rotation at Kaiser Richmond, in which they act as junior staff pediatricians. Our residents care for each other’s patients when unavailable and participate in practice and population management through quality improvement initiatives and small group meetings. Residents also learn to communicate with their patients through telephone, secure email messaging, and video based encounters, reflecting practical training for the next generation of pediatric practitioners.

Our NICU is a 24-bed level III NICU. Kaiser Oakland is a high risk obstetric referral center with a large volume of deliveries and referrals of critically ill neonates throughout the region, providing residents with the opportunity to develop excellent skills in neonatal resuscitation and critical care. Residents have primary responsibility for the care of premature and critically ill babies as well as opportunities to perform a variety of procedures in this intensive care setting. Direct daytime and night team teaching and guidance from our team of Neonatology and Neonatal Hospitalist faculty afford our trainees excellent skill building for virtually any career venue.

The well baby rotation is an opportunity for residents to care for a large number of healthy newborns from a diverse patient population, born at the Oakland Medical Center campus. Residents on this team attend routine and high risk deliveries, gaining skills in neonatal resuscitation. Residents also gain skills in performing circumcisions, providing breastfeeding counseling and support, and participating in home-visits and after-care follow up.

Our PICU is a 12-bed unit with a superb mix of medical and surgical patients. It provides training focused on critical thinking at the bedside, supervised in a one-on-one fashion with our PICU faculty. Residents are trained in this high acuity educational setting with the support of 24 hour in-house intensivist coverage, with opportunities for procedures and transport under their supervision.

Emergency room longitudinal experiences continue throughout residency, beginning in the PGY-1 year, as our ward residents consult on pediatric patients in our Kaiser Oakland emergency room. During the PGY-2 year, residents rotate at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Emergency Room, offering an excellent community based pediatric ER experience that includes trauma and general pediatric care. Finally, the PGY-3 educational experience continues with a focused rotation at the Kaiser Oakland and Richmond Emergency Departments. In this setting, residents have the opportunity to do a large number and variety of procedures in the minor injury clinics, function as consulting providers for acute and emergent care in the ED setting, and work individually with emergency medicine faculty.

Our residents have terrific opportunities for elective rotation experiences over their three years of training in a breadth of subspecialties and interest areas. Subspecialty elective opportunities on our campus include (but are not limited to): Pulmonology; Hematology/Oncology; Dermatology; Gastroenterology; Pediatric Surgery; Neurology; Nephrology; Cardiology; Endocrinology; Allergy; Genetics; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Rheumatology, Neurosurgery; Sports/Medicine; Orthopedics; Ophthalmology; Pediatric Anesthesia; Pediatric Head and Neck Surgery; and Radiology. In addition, residents also choose to do electives in advocacy, research, quality improvement, antibiotic stewardship, transport/sedation, rural pediatrics, and global health.

With the terrific backdrop of our organization, Kaiser East Bay pediatric residents have rich opportunities to explore and discover through research and scholarly pursuits. Many of our residents are involved with research and scholarship projects, ranging from clinical inquiries to quality improvement to medical education. Strong support is provided for residents to engage in these pursuits and present their work in a variety of venues. Kaiser Permanente Northern California is home to our Division of Research (DOR). The DOR was founded in 1961, and today its staff of over 400 is actively involved with over 220 active research projects. The DOR and our residency programs have an established relationship, and residents who require access to patient databases, statistics, and other analytical services collaborate with resources via the DOR for assistance in project planning, data collection and processing, and vehicles for dissemination. Residents interested in research also participate in resident-based training offered by the DOR, designed to support the skills needed to navigate critical processes and sharpen their investigative skills further. More information about the DOR can be found at the Division of Research website.

Rotation Schedule

4.5 blocks – Pediatric Inpatient Ward
1 block – Pediatric Ward Nights
1 block – NICU
0.5 blocks PICU
2 blocks – General Pediatric Ambulatory clinic/Development
1 block – Adolescent Medicine
1 block – Well Baby Nursery and Delivery Team
1 block – Elective/Individualized Curriculum

1.5 block – Pediatrics Inpatient Ward
1 block – Pediatric Ward Nights
1 block – PICU
1 block – NICU
0.5 blocks – Advanced NICU/Delivery Team Nights
1 block – ER
1.5 block – General Ambulatory Clinic/Development
0.5 block – Senior Teaching/Leadership
4 blocks – Electives/Individualized Curriculum

2 blocks – Pediatric Inpatient Ward
1 block – Pediatric Ward Nights
1 block – ER
1 block – PICU
1 block – NICU
1 block – General Ambulatory Clinic/Development
1 block – Richmond Ambulatory Clinic
4 blocks – Electives/Individualized Curriculum/Development

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