The junior year is when residents get their most concentrated exposure to subspecialty and acute care settings, accompanied by an increase in decision-making autonomy and responsibility for high-acuity often critically ill patients. The junior year also introduces supervisory roles and affords more opportunities for leadership and teaching.
Increased acuity, increased autonomy: Juniors are the only residents on the following BCH subspecialty inpatient services: GI, Cardiology, Complex Care and Oncology. Breadth of subspecialty experiences is maintained by building in protected ambulatory experiences into each of these primarily inpatient subspecialty units.
Juniors also work with increased autonomy caring for acutely ill patients in the EDs at BMC and BCH, serve as the main responders to all deliveries requiring a pediatrician at BWH, and cover one of the three main teams in the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU). These rotations require juniors to build on the clinical skills and knowledge gained during the intern year, become more nuanced in their evaluations and differential diagnoses, and more independent and efficient in patient management.
Supervisory experiences: Juniors supervise interns in the BMC Ward and NICU, in the BCH Intermediate Care Program, on two geographic subspecialty teams (a Hematology, Renal, Pulmonary team and an Allergy, Immunology, Rheumatology, Endocrine, Adolescent, and Toxicology team), and on the Short Stay Unit. They are also frequently role models and sources of support for interns in the ED's at BCH and BMC. Many of our residents love to teach and lead, and these experiences are highly valued by juniors as opportunities to participate in shaping the culture of the BCRP.
Resident as Teacher Curriculum: Juniors have a two week TEACH rotation focused on developing residents’ supervisory and teaching skills. It includes scheduled activities such as delivering a chalk talk, practicing feedback, and precepting medical students, as well as provides individualized time tailored to residents own career goals.
Individualized Curriculum: The junior year includes 6 weeks of individualized curriculum and 4 weeks of elective time, of which 2 weeks are call-free. Juniors use this time to personalize their training experience by pursuing further exposure to pediatric subspecialties, dedicating time to research or teaching, engaging in global health experiences, and a myriad of other options. Some are structured by the residency program and others are individual and unique.
Expanded UHAT opportunities: UHAT residents have a half-day every other week when they can choose between a second continuity clinic and a project in urban health, advocacy, global health or public policy. Those selecting a project are coupled with a faculty mentor throughout the PL2 and PL3 years.