Residents rotate through a variety of services during their residency. Here is the typical breakdown of rotations by year for a categorical pediatrics resident. Pediatric subspecialties are available for residents to do during elective rotation time. Most times Pediatric residents are the only resident on the service, meaning they get one to one teaching from the subspecialist.
Descriptions of Rotations and Call Schedule
The Division of Hematology/Oncology cares for infants, children and adolescents with the full spectrum of hematologic and malignant disorders. The clinical activity of the section is based in the Waters Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCCBD). The Waters Center at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital is the sole pediatric cancer speciality center in Central New York and serves a 21-county area in New York and Northern Pennsylvania. Each year, the center treats more than 700 local children diagnosed with leukemia, tumors, sickle cell anemia and other life threatening diseases.
The division also provides the primary source of patients for the 13-bed in-patient Pediatric Hematology/Oncology unit on 11G with its supporting staff. The division cares for approximately 50 newly diagnosed children with cancer annually and more than 70 children are actively on chemotherapy programs. The division also provides care to children with a wide variety of hematologic disorders on an ongoing basis as well as providing consultative services for regional primary care providers who need assistance caring for children with potential hematologic or oncologic diagnoses.
We have three distinct pathways intended to provide residents with the skills and knowledge they will use in their careers
- Advocacy: Residents can explore opportunities to engage in community pediatrics and participate in advocacy at local, regional, and national levels.
- Global Health: Residents on this pathway have exposure to caring for global patients locally and abroad, and gain insight into the particular needs of this population.
- Research: Residents seeking to develop skills in this area have access to a broad range of resources, and can pursue anything ranging from lab-based projects to clinical research and quality improvement.
The keystone of the career pathways is the Primary Care Skills rotation. It is a career pathway rotation all interns complete. It is designed for interns to gain new knowledge and skills in the areas of advocacy, global health, and research. It combines in-person and virtual learning experiences. Interns choose their desired pathway near the end of the academic year.
The Pediatric International Health Clinic is a refugee clinic that serves primarily African Refugees from Sudan, Somalia and recently Liberia. These patients present with a unique spectrum of tropical diseases that are not otherwise encountered on a routine basis in a typical North American urban setting.
Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation (CARE) Program
The only 24-hour calls are on weekends (Fri/Sat for interns, Sat/Sun for the rest). Interns have five weeks of night shift on inpatient hospitalist services (no more than two consecutive weeks unless one prefers to schedule four weeks in one stretch). PL-2s have five weeks of night shift (four inpatient hospitalist, one PICU), PL-3s have six weeks (four inpatient hospitalist, two PICU). Only senior level residents take backup calls (aka cover when someone is ill or unable to work). The call schedule is normally released quarterly.