Schedule and Pathways

A primary goal of the UNC program is for the resident to not only have excellent experiences as a learner, but also assume an increasing responsibility for his or her own education. The curriculum offers a balanced program of experiences at each level of training.

  • PL-1 Year: The PL-1 resident functions as a primary care physician and develops skills and knowledge necessary to understand, evaluate, and manage common pediatric problems on the ward, in the newborn nursery, in the NICU and in the Emergency Department.
  • PL-2 Year: The PL-2 resident develops the skills and experience necessary to supervise a ward or nursery team and to treat patients effectively in the acute care and intensive care settings.
  • PL-3 Year: The PL-3 resident has completed most of the basic core of ward, nursery, and outpatient experience. During the year, the resident continues to be a supervising resident on the clinical rotations and gains further expertise in elective areas.

At the end of the PL-1 year, each resident will choose a pathway.  Identifying this pathway will help residents focus their educational experiences and benefit from extra mentoring opportunities.  These experiences will be completed during the second and third years of residency.  The pathways will allow for additional focus to the resident’s training and not limit the resident to a specific field or choice.  Changing pathways is allowed as individuals change their minds, and pathways certainly do not determine future careers.  Pathways simply allow for focused concentration and additive mentorship.  Each resident will discuss pathway selection with their Class Advisor in the spring.

Within each pathway, a resident will complete six educational units individualized to their interests and needs.  These will be chosen after discussion with their pathway mentor. 

The four pathways are:                 

  • Clinician Scientist: To provide individualized opportunities for residents who wish to prepare themselves for a career with a clinical and research blend of work. This might include pediatric subspecialists and others intending an academic career.  Led by Dr. Ravi Jhaveri from the Division of
    HBB
    Residents in the Global Health Pathway during Helping Babies Breathe training
    Infectious Disease.
  • Global/Public Health/Advocacy: To provide focused, individualized education in the area of global health, population health and/or advocacy within broader pediatrics clinical training.  Led by Dr. Rick Hobbs from the Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
  • Critical Care/Hospitalist: To provide individualized opportunities for residents who wish to prepare themselves for a career as a hospitalist or as a pediatric/neonatal intensive care specialist.  Led by Dr. Sofia Aliaga from the Division of Neonatal--Perinatal Medicine and Dr. Ashley Sutton from the Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
  • General: To provide individualized opportunities for residents who wish to prepare themselves for a career in outpatient primary care or academic careers within General Pediatrics.  Led by Dr. Kenya McNeal-Trice from the Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.