Pediatric Residency Training
"We're it for this side of the earth."
James W. Bass, COL (R)
Pediatric residency training began at Tripler Army Medical Center more than 40 years ago with COL (Dr) Ogden Bruton as the program director. Since then, hundreds of pediatricians have been trained and find themselves as leaders in military and civilian pediatrics today. Tripler is the referral center for military facilities ranging from Guam to Japan and also has Global Health Engagement Opportunities via partnerships throughout the Pacific. The opportunity to evaluate and care for children with unusual tropical diseases and a close affiliation with an excellent children's hospital provide for a challenging, comprehensive pediatric training program.
Morning Report: (M-F) 0730–0800. Resident presentation and discussion of patients admitted or interesting patients seen through clinic or during elective rotations.
Daily Huddle: (M-F) 0800-0815. Departmental huddle for schedule review and announcements. A sub-specialty huddle follows the departmental one for those residents on sub-specialty rotations
Morning Lecture: (M-F) 0815-0900. CME based didactics on a variety of pediatric topics using multiple teaching methods. Lunchtime Didactics: (M, T, Th) 1215-1300. Informal, educational sessions that include hands on code and procedural training, QI/PS and research project review, military unique education, and clinical topics.
Continuity Discussions: (W) 1215-1300. Case-based discussion with continuity group and an assigned general pediatrician facilitator based on established curriculum with readings.
Wellness Activity: (F) 1215-1300. Weekly wellness discussion or activity as coordinated by the resident-led Wellness Committee.
Resident Call Responsibilities:
PGY-1 residents take weekend cross cover call on the ward and newborn nursery. On outpatient rotations, PGY-1s average 2-3 weekend call shifts per month. Senior residents (PGY-2s and PGY-3s) take weekend call on the PICU/ward and NICU, averaging 1-2 shifts per month during outpatient rotations.
All residents receive time off over either the Christmas or New Year’s Holiday. In addition to this time, PGY-1 residents are allowed an additional 14 vacation days and senior residents an additional 21 vacation days to be scheduled at their discretion on outpatient rotations.