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 their own education. The curriculum offers a balanced program of experiences at each level of training.  Program Leadership tracks rotations to ensure all ACGME requirements are fulfilled and that there is equity across schedules.

First Year

First Year Residents function as a primary care physician and develops skills and knowledge necessary to understand, evaluate, and manage common pediatric problems.  First Year Residents spend time in the Newborn Nursery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, outpatient clinics, subspecialty clinics and consult services, and on the inpatient services at all three sites, UNC Children’s, Cone Health, and WakeMed.

The schedule is comprised of a mix of 2-week and 4-week rotations. A typical schedule includes:

  • 12 weeks of inpatient at UNC Children’s (including 2 weeks of night float)
  • 4 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • 2-4 weeks in the Emergency Department
  • 4 weeks in the Newborn Nursery
  • 4-8 weeks of inpatient at WakeMed or Cone Health
  • 4-8 weeks of outpatient at the WakeMed Clinic or the Rice Center for Child and Adolescent Health
  • 12-16 weeks of subspecialty
  • 2 weeks of advocacy and Continuity Clinic activities
  • 4 weeks of time off

Second Year

Second Year Residents develop 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. Generally, the schedule consists of:

  • 8 weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • 4 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • 4 weeks in the Emergency Department
  • 4 weeks of inpatient Hematology-Oncology at UNC Children’s
  • 4 weeks of inpatient Pulmonary Medicine at UNC Children’s
  • 4 weeks of inpatient at WakeMed or Cone Health
  • 4 weeks of outpatient at the WakeMed Clinic or the Rice Center for Child and Adolescent Health
  • 2 weeks of night float at WakeMed
  • 2 weeks of back-up call
  • 12 weeks of subspecialty and/or individualized education
  • 4 weeks of time off

Third Year

Third Year Residents have completed most of the basic core of ward, nursery, and outpatient experience. During the third year, residents continue to supervise on clinical rotations and gain further expertise in subspecialty areas.  Most schedules consist of:

  • 12 weeks of inpatient at UNC Children’s
  • 4 weeks in the Emergency Department
  • 4 weeks of inpatient at WakeMed or Cone Health
  • 4 weeks of outpatient at the WakeMed Clinic or the Rice Center for Child and Adolescent Health
  • 24 weeks of subspecialty and/or individualized education
  • 4 weeks of time off