In keeping with the commitment to general pediatrics, approximately 60% of the residency training is devoted to the ambulatory experience. This includes assignments in community practices, emergency care, subspecialty, developmental/behavioral, adolescent medicine, rural health and other community-based experiences.
Residents participate in a core set of subspecialty rotations including hematology/oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, pediatric surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, infectious diseases, and pulmonology. Many of these rotations have a portion of the experience in both private practice and inpatient. In addition to these required subspecialties, residents also have access to additional subspecialty experiences for electives. It is expected that subspecialty rotations will complement the community-based generalist curriculum. Each of these specialties has several offices located in and around metro Atlanta, as well as hospital privileges.
For inpatient rotations, interns have night shifts (total of four), either every fourth night or for one week (five consecutive nights). Interns shifts are limited to sixteen hours with a minimum of ten hours off between each shift. On ambulatory rotations, interns have inpatient “float” shifts 1-3 times per month. There are approximately six call free months in the three years of training.
All interns have continuity clinic at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding. After intern year, residents then join a private pediatricians’ office for the remaining two years of their training. These community-organized and managed practice locations are well established in diverse neighborhoods, with each providing care in their respective communities in excess of 30 years.