The UC Irvine School of Medicine/CHOC Children's Hospital of Orange County Pediatric Residency Program recognizes that providing medical care for children is a privilege as well as a responsibility. We welcome aspiring pediatricians who are equally committed to this philosophy.
Pediatric residency integrates patient care, didactic teaching, and research to fulfill this fundamental mission. Training in pediatrics focuses on the total care of the child from birth through young adulthood. We provide a strong clinical and educational foundation through experiences with a broad spectrum of pathology, as well as normal development, preventive healthcare, and use of community resources.
The goal of this program is to provide residents with a solid clinical base for the practice of pediatrics. The program also is designed to foster the development of the learning skills necessary to keep pace with the rapid changes in medical science. Clinical experiences in university-based and private children's hospital settings ensure exposure to a diverse patient population and a broad range of diseases.
The success of our graduates in securing excellent fellowship and job opportunities attests to the quality of our residency program.
Resident rotation schedules are based upon the concept that all pediatricians, including subspecialists, must be well prepared to provide comprehensive care for all children.
The rotation schedule highlights the program’s emphasis on a broad-based curriculum with the ability to capitalize on the strengths of each of our training institutions:
*ABC: Academics, Basics, and Career Development. See "Individualized Tracks" section below.
*PACT: Pediatric Advocacy, Child Abuse, Community Pediatrics, and Teaching. Residents are given the further option of selecting a track focused on Child Abuse, Advocacy, or Teaching.
Our Continuity Clinic is an important part of each resident’s three-year experience. This is where residents develop lasting relationships with their out-patient families, co-residents, attending physicians and clinic staff. Each resident spends at least one afternoon a week in an assigned continuity clinic.
There are seven unique continuity clinic sites for our residents, spanning the Los Angeles and Orange County area:
Each clinic session begins with a brief didactic lecture (Moodle curriculum) on a general pediatric topic given by a resident or attending pediatrician. Residents then see a diverse mix of well-child and sick visits.
Residents select tracks specific to their future career goals and are given opportunities to individualize their residency experience while completing all requirements mandated by ACGME. This process starts during the first year of residency through the "Academics, Basics, and Career Development" (ABC) rotation, which gives residents a designated time to explore future aspirations and begin a dialogue with potential mentors and researchers.
The following is a short description of ABC rotation elements of tracks that are currently provided:
Residents are provided curriculum suggestions based on their tracks, which are reviewed biannually with administrative staff. Residents are also encouraged and supported in developing new electives, creating innovative experiences that further supplement resident education. New tracks continue to be formed based on resident interest. This is a dynamic process in our program.
Formal training in clinical problem-solving and critical appraisal of the literature is also incorporated into the residency curriculum.
A didactic core curriculum in clinical pediatrics is offered through the following:
Specialized seminars and lecture series have been developed through resident feedback, including the following:
Finally, residents work closely with our local AAP Chapter 4 because we are the only pediatric residency program in the area. Chapter membership is included for all residents, giving them fee-waived/reduced-cost access to a variety of events, such as:
In providing our residents with a well-rounded education, our program is fortunate to have a diverse medical community, including an association with a university hospital and robust research body. Our residents have access to multiple research activities with welcoming clinician scientists, and have been involved in poster presentations at national conferences. The following are some current research projects by our residents:
Residents also participate in Research Day at both institutions, where posters are displayed and studies are presented at grand rounds.
Our residency program strives to develop leaders in healthcare by providing them with the experience needed to be proactive and engaged in their future workplace. As we train at three separate institutions, there are multiple opportunities for resident involvement and leadership. Below is a noninclusive list of some resident held positions and hospital/residency committees.
Leadership Positions (per class):