Medical Education

Educational Objectives | Clinical Rotations | Conferences | Electives

The primary goal of the Carolinas Medical Center Department of Pediatrics is to train residents to become well-rounded general pediatricians who are fully prepared and confident to enter a subspecialty fellowship or a practice setting of their choice.

The large primary care base within the city of Charlotte, NC, combined with our role as the regional referral center for the surrounding counties of North and South Carolina, affords us the opportunity to expose our residents to the full depth and breadth of pediatrics, equipping them to evaluate the spectrum of pediatric health issues.

The curriculum offers a balanced set of experiences at each level of training, in compliance with the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics, and designed to develop expertise in all six of the ACGME core competencies.

There is an increasing expectation for pediatricians to demonstrate excellent health outcomes for children. For residents, these requirements come from the ACGME and include competencies of Practice-Based Learning and Improvement and Systems-Based Practice. Residents are dedicated and passionate about providing the best possible care for their patients.

Unfortunately, the Quality Improvement (QI) methods needed to provide that care have not been broadly taught during pediatric training, therefore few residents have had experience practicing those methods.

The curriculum will provide you with well-researched and tested material to build your capacity to recognize, understand, and facilitate QI in healthcare. It will also provide a transferable knowledge base for your future practice.

Back to Top

Educational Objectives


The PL-1 curriculum is designed to lay the foundation necessary for a career in pediatric medicine. Experience on core inpatient and outpatient rotations, including exposure to patients ranging in age from premature neonates to late adolescence, and crossing a variety of subspecialty fields, ensure residents have the groundwork they need for further development of expertise.


The PL-2 resident returns to some of the core rotations in a supervisory role, taking on progressive responsibility and further developing skills in patient triage, management and decision-making. Additional critical care experience, subspecialty rotations and an advocacy experience broaden the resident's knowledge base and confidence in pediatric practice. Lifelong learning skills and techniques continue to be emphasized.


The PL-3 resident serves as the supervisory resident across rotations and in the pediatric intensive care unit, continuing to develop and hone assessment and teaching skills over the spectrum of pediatric practice. Additional subspecialty and acute care experience completes the transition to independent practice or readiness for subspecialty fellowship training.

Back to Top

Clinical Rotations

PL 1 Year
Rotation Months of Service
Adolescent Medicine 1
Behavior/Child Development 1
HematologyOncology 1
Inpatient 3
Outpatient Clinic 2
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 1
Term Nursery 1
Subspecialty/Elective 1
PL 2 Year
Rotation Months of Service
Advocacy 1
Inpatient 3
Outpatient Clinic 2
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 1
Subspecialty/Elective 2
Subspecialty Selective (GI or Renal) 1
Pediatric Surgery 1
PL 3 Year
Rotation Months of Service
Clinic Chief 1
Inpatient (Chief) 2
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 1
Term Nursery 1
Subspecialty/Elective 3
Subspecialty Selective (GI or Renal) 1

Back to Top


The Department of Pediatrics maintains an active schedule of teaching conferences, including the following:

Grand Rounds

Grand rounds are weekly conferences for all residents, academic faculty, and community pediatricians. See the Grand Rounds Schedule.

Journal Club

Monthly lunchtime conferences where residents learn evidence-based medicine (EBM) techniques through didactic sessions and interactive computer lab sessions and

Six evening Dinner, Drinks and Data sessions where techniques are put into practice as residents and faculty review the recent pediatric literature.

The goal of these sessions is to discuss and examine study design and the interpretation of results in the literature, with emphasis on the use of EBM techniques.

Daily Noon Conference

A variety of general and subspecialty topics are covered on a rotating basis. Core topics are covered every July and August. Regular joint conferences with Emergency Medicine and OB/GYN are also held during this time.

Resident Board Review

The Resident Board Review is a question and answer session organized by the residents and geared toward preparation for taking the pediatric board examination.

Back to Top


Electives Available to Pediatric House Staff:
Adolescent Medicine Hematology/Oncology Pulmonology
Allergy/Immunology Hospitalist Rotation Radiology
Infectious Disease Pediatric Rehabilitation
Blood and Marrow
International Electives Research
Cardiology Neonatal Intensive
Care Nursery
Cardiovascular Intensive
Care Unit
Nephrology School Health
Child Maltreatment Neurology Sports Medicine
Community Pediatrics Ophthalmology Surgery
Dermatology Orthopedics TEACH
Endocrinology Otolaryngology Toxicology
Gastroenterology Palliative Care Urology
Genetics Practice Management  

Back to Top