The size of the program affords opportunities for residents to personalize their training experience. Many residents have unique educational and career objectives, and the BCRP makes every effort to adapt the standard schedule to accommodate these whenever possible.
Here are some of the ways our residents have utilized this flexibility:
Attending national meetings related to pediatrics, pediatric subspecialties, and other areas of interest, and presenting work at these meetings
Serving on national committees (AAP, AMA, etc)
Pursuing international research and clinical experiences
Taking advantage of unique elective experiences, like working for the Medical Unit of ABC News
Participating in one of the ABP-approved research tracks (Integrated Research Pathway or Accelerated Research Pathway)
Taking a year off to pursue other training
Focusing on career-specific or subspecialty experiences in the senior year
Finally, size allows for flexibility with family issues, including maternity and paternity leave, leaves for illness or family emergencies, and occasionally for part-time schedules (for personal or academic reasons).