PL1 Year

The PL1 year consists of a variety of inpatient and ambulatory experiences which promote the development of independent patient care skills, the accumulation of medical knowledge, enhancement of communication skills and professionalism, improvement in supervisory and teaching skills, the capacity to work in interdisciplinary teams, and the gradual development of a level of confidence, skills, knowledge, and comfort that will allow the resident to progress to the more supervisory stages of their training.

Meet our first year residents

  • 1-1/2 week experience prior to starting July 1
  • Introduction and teaching of specific skills
  • Introduction to the services of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Opportunity to meet your peers and get acquainted with the hospital and Milwaukee
  • Instruction in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • Meetings with potential faculty advisors
  • Time to develop individual learning plans
General Pediatric and Subspecialty Wards
  • You will receive instruction and experience in the care of children of all ages with a wide variety of common and subspecialty illnesses.
  • You will serve as the primary care provider for assigned patients and directly supervised by a PL3 resident at all times.
  • You will have the opportunity to teach and supervise third-year medical students.
  • Family-centered rounds is a concept utilized on all ward teams.
  • Six (6) Ward Teams with a combination of:
    • General Ward Teams that provide care to hospitalist and community pediatricians' patients.
    • Subspecialty Ward Teams that provide care to patients on the following services: Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant, Hematology, Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonary, Endocrinology, Genetics; Rheumatology, Cardiology and Nephrology
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • You will receive instruction and experience in the care of the critically ill neonate, including premature infants, infants with congenital heart disease, and infants with surgical conditions.

  • You will have multiple opportunities to learn procedure such as intubation and umbilical line placement and attend deliveries.

  • You will be supported by a PL2 or PL3 Residents, Fellows and Neonatology Faculty while in the Unit.
Ambulatory Care Clinic
  • You will learn about non-emergent acute illnesses and preventive health care for newborns through adolescents.
  • You will provide care at the Downtown Health Center, an academic general pediatric practice in urban Milwaukee.
Emergency Department
  • You will receive instruction and experience in acute childhood illnesses, including trauma, infectious illnesses, and life-threatening emergencies.

  • You will function as the primary care provider for assigned patients.

  • Multiple opportunities for procedures, including suturing, intravenous line placement, lumbar puncture and reduction of dislocations.
Newborn Nursery
  • You will learn about the care of the normal newborn, acute care in the delivery room, and newborns with mild medical illness not requiring intensive care.

  • You will be supervised by a General Pediatrician Faculty member.
Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics
  • An ambulatory rotation devoted to childhood development, behavioral pediatrics, and psychiatry.

  • Residents spend one week each at an elementary school and at a day care center engaging and observing children of different ages and different developmental levels.

  • Residents receive instruction on children with special health care needs, including a home visit with a child and their family and instruction regarding home medical equipment.

  • Residents receive instruction in psychopharmacology, developmental assessments, ADHD, autism and developmental delay.
Surgery and Cardiology Clinics
  • In depth exposure to various surgery clinics, including general surgery, urology, ENT, orthopedics/sports medicine and phlebotomy.

  • Experience outpatient cardiology, including various general and specialty cardiology clinics, cardiac imaging and electrophysiology.

PL1s may choose from electives in all pediatric subspecialties, international overseas electives, and research, or may design their own elective with approval from the Program Director.

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