The program director meets with the residents at the beginning of each academic year, individually and as a pair. Goals and objectives are set and determined for the individual as well as for the program. Goals are set around optimal training and education with accomplishment of skill acquisition in the operating room, patient diagnosis and management, and effective leadership in running the inpatient service. A core curriculum is designed around a 2-year cycle in which all of the main didactic information in pediatric surgical training will be covered. There is a moderate amount of flexibility in the core curriculum and can be modified to fit the needs of individual trainees based upon prior experience and core knowledge. The second year trainee typically takes on a more active role and responsibility for organizing and coordinating educational activities within the curriculum. The trainees have daily interactions with multiple faculty mentors, co-residents and pediatric surgical sub-specialists which leads to the most optimal progress in career development, educational progress, and academic achievement.
The training program lasts for a period of two-years. The period is spent at the Children’s National Medical Center, Main Campus on the Pediatric General & Thoracic Surgical Service. Rotations on other services such as Neonatal ICU and Urology are built into the training program and are flexible in terms of timing and duration. The call schedule is determined by the residents but must comply with the ACGME rules for work hour regulations.
Once a week, there is a didactic session are held for 2 hours that include case review; morbidity & mortality conference; and core lectures in pediatric surgery. Additional didactic sessions may also include guest lecturers, grand round presentations, journal club or combined conferences with other pediatric specialists (pathology; radiology; pulmonology; gastroenterology; neonatology; ICU, etc.). Multidisciplinary tumor board is held each week for one hour and the residents are encouraged to attend.