Program Details

Education Curriculum

At Jersey Shore, there is a strong emphasis placed on didactic learning. During the three-year residency, residents will actively participate in a variety of conferences. The goal of these conferences is to improve:
  • Critical thinking; research, QI planning and development.
  • Understanding and interpretation of the literature.
  • The management of patients with complex conditions and diseases.
  • The understanding of ethical and palliative care principles in the care for hospitalized children.
Our program offers an outstanding educational curriculum that includes:
  • Thursday Half Day Didactic Conferences
  • Morbidity & Mortality Conference – Quarterly
  • Journal Club – Monthly
  • Access to Medstudy Questions for all 3 years
  • Access to Pedialink and PREP Questions for all 3 years
Grand Rounds
  • Speakers from all aspects of pediatrics provide lectures on a diverse array of topics.
Morning Report
  • Case presentation on general pediatrics and subspecialty topics.
Resident Lecture Series
  • Incorporates YALE curriculum; general pediatrics and subspecialty presentation based on American Board of Pediatrics content specification.
Patient Safety Conference
  • Quality/Safety presentation
Annual Research Day
  • Oral and poster presentation of resident case reports and research.
  • 2022 Research Day Results:
    • First Place Case Report: “More than Skin Deep: Diagnostic Considerations for Subcutaneous Nodules in Pediatrics” by Alden Dewey PGY-2, Vaidehi Patel Hospitalist Fellow, Dr. Naganathan, and Dr. Pinto.
    • Third Place Original Research: “Cardiac Recovery in Children Admitted to PICU with MIS-C” by Andrew Corson PGY2, Sara Galeotti Clinical Instructor, Dr. Ghersin, and Dr. Chin.
    • First Place Original Research: “Hear! Hear! A QI Project to Improve Audiology Follow-up for Failed Newborn Screening” by Elizabeth Koegler PGY2 and Dr. Naganathan
    • Third Place Oral Presentation: “Analyzing the Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Length of Stay of Infants diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome” by Taylor Olian PGY3 and Dr. Topsis.

Curriculum

Intern “Boot Camp”
  • Series of lectures during the first few months of the program aimed towards orienting interns to the basics of pediatric residency. Topics include writing history and physicals, obtaining pediatric-specific information, presenting on rounds, orientation to nursery and much more!
Evidence-Based Medicine
  • The EBM teaching is integrated into our established educational and clinical activities. An EBM presentation is an academic requirement for each third-year resident. These presentations are done under the mentorship of an assigned faculty member and are given during Department wide Grand Rounds.
Boards Review –Twice Monthly
  • Our program incorporates twice a month Boards Review sessions with our general pediatricians as well as pediatric subspecialists to cover the Pediatric Board Exam Content Specifications. This review series incorporates both didactics and boards questions (Medstudy and PREP) into each session.

Rotations

Our hospital has 45 inpatient beds, and approximately 1,300 admissions per year. Additionally, JSUMC houses a well newborn nursery, a 35-bed Level III NICU, a 10-bed PICU and a 10 bed designated Pediatrics Emergency Department. Residents will be exposed to a variety of clinical cases, including bread and butter inpatient pediatrics as well as children with medical complexity and unusual presentations. JSUMC has diverse pediatric core and elective rotations such as:

Core Rotations

Inpatient General Pediatrics

Residents spend 3-5 months a year on our general pediatric floor. The floor consists of 45 beds. Residents are responsible for all service patients and pediatric subspecialty consults. During time on the pediatric floor, residents gain experience working with our pediatric hospitalist fellows as well as teaching medical students. Residents sharpen their history and assessment skills during the PGY1 year. During PGY2 and PGY3, residents advance to a supervisory role monitoring the progression of PGY1 residents and medical students. The inpatient general pediatrics rotation consists of several educational experiences throughout the block with subspecialists.

PICU

Residents spend two months during PGY2 and several weeks of nights during PGY2/PGY3 in our 10 bed PICU. Residents learn from a dedicated staff of attendings on how to manage pediatric critical care emergencies. Residents also perform many procedures during this rotation as we have no fellows in our PICU.

NICU

Our unit is a 35-bed level 3 NICU. The NICU takes care of neonates born at JSUMC and those that are born at our affiliated HMH hospitals. Residents spend one month per year in the NICU. During this month, residents learn how to manage our smallest patients. Residents have many opportunities for procedures during this rotation. Residents attend high risk deliveries and c- sections and are trained in NRP during orientation. Residents also can sign up for NICU transport and moonlighting.

Emergency Medicine

Residents spend one month during intern year and two weeks during second and third year in our pediatric emergency room. Residents learn how to triage and care for children presenting with emergent conditions. Residents work with Pediatric Emergency Medicine trained attendings and have ample opportunities to do procedures.

Newborn Nursery

During intern year, residents spend two months in our newborn nursery. Residents work with pediatric hospitalists and local pediatricians who see patients in the newborn nursery. Interns attend high risk deliveries and c- sections with the support of the NICU staff.

Development

PGY2 residents spend one month with our two amazing developmental pediatricians. Residents learn how to evaluate children with autism, learning delays, and developmental delays. Residents also spend one day a week with our NICU follow up program, ITAP (Infant and Toddler Assessment Program).

Adolescent Medicine

During this one-month rotation, residents rotate within different aspects of adolescent medicine. Areas include inpatient consults and working with the child psychiatry team. Residents also spend time with our pediatric and adolescent gynecologist.

Outpatient Continuity Clinic

Residents spend one month during PGY1, two weeks during PGY2, and one month during PGY3 at the Jane Booker Family Health Center Pediatric Clinic. This is in addition to the weekly half day continuity clinic (located at the Family Health Center or a local private pediatrics office). Residents see a range of patients from well child visits to sick visits. Residents learn how to triage parent phone calls during this rotation.

Hematology/Oncology

During the PGY2 year, residents spend one month with our hematology/oncology team. They participate in the care of many of the patients of the service. Residents spend two weeks caring for patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting.

Senior Float

This one-month block during the PGY3 year allows residents to participate in a supervisory role and assist different units when needed. Residents assist in the inpatient unit, PICU, NICU, and newborn nursery. Residents supervise procedures and take on the role of a teacher on these units.

Night Float

Each year residents spend 2-3 months in our night float system. During this block, residents work two weeks of days, two weeks of nights, and two 24-hour shifts. Example schedule is Sunday 24hr shift then Monday-Thursday nights which concludes with a golden weekend, one week of days, a second Sunday 24 shift with Monday-Thursday night with another golden weekend, and then final weeks of days. Interns will work on the pediatric floor, senior residents will work on the floor and in the PICU. During this rotation, residents are also educated in how to manage transfer calls from outside hospitals and determine appropriate care for these patients.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6:30 AM Sign-out from the night team
7:00 AM Pre-round on patients
8:00 AM Neuro Rounds (Dr. Sultan) Neuro Rounds (Dr. Sultan) Neuro Rounds (Dr. Sultan) Neuro Rounds (Dr. Sultan)
8:30 AM Morning Report Grand Rounds (until 9:30 AM) Morning Report Morning Report
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Rounds, orders, discharges; (On Tuesdays, 9:30 AM start)
12:00 PM LUNCH TIME
12:15 PM Resident Lectures 12:15PM to 4:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Floor work and admissions
4:00 PM Update IPASS
4:30 PM   Sign out to night team
5:00 PM Sign out to short call residents Sign-out to night team
9:00 PM Sign out to night team  

Elective Rotations

  • Advocacy
  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Anesthesia
  • Apnea
  • Cardiology
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Diabetes Education
  • EEG
  • Endocrinology
  • ENT
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • NICU Procedures
  • NICU Nutrition
  • Nutrition
  • Orthopedics
  • Palliative Care
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiology
  • Research
  • Rheumatology
  • Sedation
  • Surgical Specialty
  • Dermatology (HUMC)
  • Genetics (HUMC)

Evaluations & Advisors

Faculty Advisors

In the beginning of intern year, each resident is assigned a Faculty Advisor for the duration of their residency training. These advisors help guide residents through the training process, help answer questions and ensure that all requirements are being met. Residents will meet with their faculty advisors regularly to review their peer and faculty evaluations, procedure logs and learning plans. It is a chance for the resident to develop a personal relationship with an experienced physician to discuss professional goals and individual issues. Research and scholarship are also emphasized during training. With the assistance of a faculty research advisor and biostatistician, every resident can carry out a research project, producing a paper suitable for publication. Some of this work has been presented at national and international meetings.

Career Mentors

All PGY-2 residents will choose a career mentor in addition to their faculty advisor to help them develop their future career goals, design potential research projects and their individualized curriculum. The individualized curriculum is designed by each resident to aid in both learning and decision making that can help to further their pediatric careers.

Evaluations/Feedback

On a monthly basis, residents receive comprehensive feedback through our online evaluation system called New Innovations. Feedback is also provided frequently and informally on rounds, after conferences, or after any observed encounter. Clinical and communication skills are also assessed through observed clinical experiences in the outpatient clinic with feedback given by an observing attending. Feedback is also given by patients, medical students, and nurses. Additionally, residents have the opportunity to evaluate the program and faculty anonymously.

Observed History & Physical

During both the newborn nursery and urgent care rotations, residents will undergo an observed H&P evaluation by one of our faculty members. They will be observed as they interact with a patient, obtain a detailed history and perform a physical examination. This allows residents to receive direct feedback from an attending physician in a real patient-care setting.

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