Training Sequence

The American Board of Pediatrics requires that every pediatric resident complete three years of training. Our program offers the following rotation schedule:


The “intern” year is designed to expose the resident to a wide range of pediatric cases. The first-year resident is considered the primary caregiver for those patients who are on his or her service. Initially, the intern is closely supervised by a senior resident, and given increasing autonomy as the year progresses. Interns are responsible for supervising medical students on the inpatient units.  The NICU experience is devoted to gaining familiarity with premature and other ill newborn patients and their management.


The second year involves managing increasingly ill children, especially in the PICU and the NICU. The role of the PGY-2 resident on the inpatient units is that of a supervisor. Several months of required and elective subspecialties are provided to expose the resident to more specific and difficult pediatric cases.


The final year of pediatric training is geared toward preparing the resident for his or her future career, be it in primary care pediatrics or fellowship training. The inpatient and outpatient experiences are supervisory in nature, with a considerable amount of time devoted to teaching the junior residents, interns, and medical students. The residents have a great deal of autonomy in managing in the general pediatrics inpatient unit along with both the PICU and NICU. Several months of elective time are provided to ensure a well-rounded education prior to leaving Cooper.

Program Schedule/Electives

Inpt ED Inpt*
Inpt Elective Outpt*
NICU PICU Elective
Inpt Outpt Outpt*
ED NICU Elective
Outpt Elective FTN
Inpt NICU Outpt/Night Float
Outpt Adol. Med Inpt*
FTN Outpt Night Float*
Com Peds Inpt* ED
FTN Elective Elective
DP PICU Elective


Inpt - Inpatient General Pediatrics 
DP - Developmental Pediatrics
Outpt - Outpatient General Pediatrics 
FTN - Full-Term Nursery 
* - Supervisory Role 
ED - Emergency Department 
Com Ped - Community Pediatrics


The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requires that a minimum of four one-month rotations be completed by each resident, selected from among the following core pediatric subspecialties:

  • Allergy / Immunology
  • Child Abuse
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Cardiology
  • Nephrology
  • Endocrinology / Metabolism
  • Neurology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Pulmonology
  • Genetics
  • Rheumatology
  • Hematology / Oncology

In addition, our faculty offers pediatric electives in:

  • Anesthesia
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Urology
  • Dermatology
  • Otolaryngology