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Pediatric Residency Training Tracks

Residents training at Valley Children’s have the opportunity to select from multiple training pathways that will prepare graduates for careers in primary care, advocacy, academic medicine and leadership. All pediatric residents will fulfill a core set of rotations as defined by the training program and/or Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) guidelines.

We offer two novel residency tracks designed to meet the individual learning needs and career goals of our residents at the Valley Children's Pediatric Residency Program. Residents apply during January of their intern year, with track specific clinical experiences occurring in their PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. Residents can choose components of each track to allow for the development of a more individualized plan. They will complete three blocks during PGY2 12 and six blocks (24 weeks) during PGY3.

Track Directors:
Julia Tzeng, MD
Andrew Kim, MD

Primary Care and Advocacy Track

Photo of Valley Children's resident in clinicThis track is for residents interested in a career in primary care pediatrics and who have a passion for advocating for the underserved and vulnerable populations. Residents interested in outpatient pediatrics, either academic or private practice, should select this track. This track is designed to provide a broad-based education incorporating various rotations that address commonly encountered issues in outpatient pediatrics, such as asthma, obesity, ADHD, musculoskeletal injuries and sport exams, indications for surgical referrals and interpretation of common imaging modalities.

Residents will train in all common pediatric subspecialties; they will learn how to navigate the ever-changing healthcare environment to be the “medical homes” for complex patients. Residents will complete online modules highlighting child poverty and have numerous clinical opportunities to learn and serve the vulnerable population (i.e. rural medicine, palliative care). They will also have opportunities to learn about health policy on the local and state level and work on various advocacy projects that positively affect the large underserved and vulnerable populations of the California Central Valley. These include longitudinal community projects in immigrant health care delivery and the creation of community coalitions. The track is a wonderful option for residents to learn critical skills in community partnership formation, legislative advocacy and give back to the communities we serve.

Primary Care & Advocacy Track (recommended electives)

  • Advanced Newborn
  • Advocacy
  • Community Pediatrics
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • ENT
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Nephrology
  • Orthopedics
  • Rheumatology

 

Academic Medicine and Leadership Track

Group photo of Valley Children's pediatric residentsThis track is for residents interested in a career in hospital-based medicine, subspecialty care and hospital leadership. Residents will complete online modules highlighting the best practices for medical education and leadership to advance their teaching and leadership abilities. Residents will have hands-on experience in applying what they learn by providing structured medical education to fourth-year medical students, their peers and the general hospital staff. This track will also allow for increased exposure to inpatient services, research opportunities and experience in their chosen field of interest. The residents will also complete required program projects (i.e. quality Improvement projects, scholarly activities) as they cultivate their goals and passions. Mentorship is readily available from faculty and hospital leadership and will provide a strong basis for entry into top fellowship programs and leadership positions. 

Academic Medicine & Leadership Track (recommended electives)

  • Charlie Mitchell Inpatient Service
  • Endocrinology
  • General Surgery
  • Hospital Medicine Inpatient Service
  • Nephrology
  • Palliative care
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Radiology
  • Research
  • Rheumatology
  • Toxicology