Program Curriculum & Requirements

Our program is structured to permit the physician to develop broad clinical expertise in general and primary care pediatrics as well as in-depth competence in the pediatric sub-specialties. We accomplish this by offering three progressive levels of training characterized by increasing complexity of clinical problems, increasing responsibility for patient care and increasing availability of elective time. The program mixes hands-on, bedside training, didactic sessions, one-on-one consultations, small group sessions and online learning that strives to meet all learning styles of our residents as well as getting broad exposure to specific areas that might be of interest as formal career paths.

Pediatric Level 1 (PL-1)

This year is designed to provide a comprehensive experience in inpatient and outpatient pediatrics, a basic fund of knowledge of human growth and development and pediatrics diseases, and an opportunity to develop the basic clinical and technical skills involved in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of infants, children and adolescents. There is an emphasis on learning the pathophysiology of diseases in children and developing clinical judgment in caring for sick children.

All rotations are located at Norton Children's Hospital except for rotations on the newborn and neonatal intensive care units at University of Louisville Hospital.

Pediatric Level 2 (PL-2)

Physicians who have completed one year of pediatric training and have fulfilled the requirements for medical licensure in the state of Kentucky are assigned to the second level. This year provides an opportunity for the physicians to improve clinical skills acquired during the first year, assume increasing levels of responsibility and patient care, and develop knowledge and skills in subspecialty areas. In addition to subspecialty rotations, PL-2s rotate through the pediatric intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unit assuming an increasing responsibility in patient care and in PL-1 and medical student supervision and education.

Pediatric Level 3 (PL-3)

Physicians in their third year of training assume maximum responsibility both for patient care and the supervision of junior house officers and medical students on the inpatient and outpatient services of Norton Children's Hospital and University of Louisville Hospital.

It is a year devoted to improving clinical judgment and preparation for practice or further sub-specialty training. In addition, the senior resident is expected to review medical literature pertinent to the problems of patients under his supervision and present this material to other house officers and students on rounds.


Medicine-Pediatrics Combined Residency Program

This four-year special residency program, sponsored jointly by the Department of Medicine and Pediatrics, was established in the early 1980's. During the four years, residents participate in the basic services, continuity practices and electives of the two departments. Upon completion, Med-Peds physicians are eligible for board certification in both specialties.