Individualized Curriculum Overview

Summary of Individualized Curriculum

During the intern year, each resident will have the opportunity for:

  • Two weeks of Career Exploration:  These electives have been specifically tailored by subspecialty faculty to provide a broad range of experiences in their fields to give interns a true taste of life in that subspecialty. Interns have the option of spending two weeks in one subspecialty or one week in two subspecialties.
  • One month of ward service choice:  One month of ward experience on a team that focuses on the subspecialty patient population of the resident's choosing.
  • Individualized Curriculum mentor:  Each intern is assigned a mentor (either the Program Director or Associate Program Director) at the beginning of residency to provide him or her with objective career advice and guidance over the course of the three-year residency. This mentor will meet with the resident at least annually to assist in this process.


At the beginning of the second year, each resident will choose a career-focused pathway. Options include:

  • Primary Care
    • Community Private Practice
    • Academic General Pediatrics
    • Rural General Pediatrics
  • Hospital Medicine
    • Community
    • Academic
  • Neonatology
  • Emergency Medicine/Critical Care
  • Subspecialty Fellowship
    • Adolescent
    • Allergy
    • Behavior/Development
    • Cardiology
    • Child Abuse
    • Endocrinology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Genetics
    • Hematology/Oncology
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Nephrology
    • Neurology
    • Pulmonary Medicine
    • Rheumatology
  • Global Health

Each pathway contains required elements as deemed necessary by faculty in each field as well as "Menu Options" from which residents will choose. Each pathway will also have strongly recommended subspecialty core electives which are separate from the six months of Individualized Curriculum. For example, the resident above might choose electives in Infectious Diseases, Hematology/Oncology, Neurology, and Allergy, which are applicable to his or her career but are in addition to the six months of Individualized Curriculum. See Specific Pathway Curricula for additional information.