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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. Our flexible tracks allow for individualized experiences for all residents across a wide variety of interests including ambulatory care, inpatient/ acute care, or subspecialty pediatrics. In addition, there is an opportunity for those interested to participate in immersive experiences in Advocacy or Global Health.

For full details on our QI program, see our section for the Center for Advancing Pediatric Excellence.

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. Historically, 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. Residents at CMC are dedicated and passionate about providing the best possible care for their patients. Our award-winning QI department develops pediatricians who are prepared to improve practice in whatever career they pursue. The curriculum provides residents with well-researched and tested material to build your capacity to recognize, understand, and facilitate QI in healthcare.

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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.

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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 1
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 5
Subspecialty Selective (GI or Renal) 1

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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. Senior residents will present Grand Rounds on a topic of their choosing during the PL3 year. See the Grand Rounds Schedule.

Journal Club

Monthly lunchtime conferences and evening sessions where residents learn evidence-based medicine (EBM) techniques through didactic sessions and interactive computer lab sessions and skills in a review of recent pediatric literature.

Daily Noon Conference

A variety of general and subspecialty topics are covered on a rotating basis.

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.

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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 Academic
Endocrinology Otolaryngology Toxicology
Gastroenterology Palliative Care Urology
Genetics Practice Management  

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