Our residents — supported by expert faculty — develop their clinical decision-making skills while serving a large population of patients. Our evidence-based didactics support your clinical education and prepare you for a career as a lifelong learner. Didactics are derived from:
- Current guidelines
- Review articles
- Published reports
Despite busy clinical duties, you’re given “protected time” during didactics to focus and learn about the topic at hand. You also participate in giving didactics to learn about different teaching styles for a wide variety of learners.
- Your faculty mentor and experienced resident mentor help guide your education.
- Integrated wellness activities help you manage your workload healthily.
- Choose an elective in your field of interest and focus on preparing for your career during each year of residency.
- Provide much-needed support to underserved youth in our community.
- Experience another culture while developing useful skills on international rotations.
- Learn how to manage critically ill patients transported via ambulance and helicopter.
Due to our large catchment area, senior residents often take “Transport” call during PICU or consult rotations. You will lead a multidisciplinary team to transport critically ill patients from community hospitals via ambulance or helicopter for admission to our PICU or ward floors. Transport call provides you varied learning opportunities:
- View community hospital resources and the management of ill patients
- Triage a patient’s needs
- Foster independence in managing critically ill patients in a multidisciplinary team (with RT and RN support)
Our third year residents attended the delivery of twins in Malamulo Adventist Hospital in Malawi
Senior residents travel to Loma Linda University Health’s international partner sites in Malawi and Guam. There, you’ll use your unique skills and talents to help patients in resource-poor countries. Residents are not only exposed to another culture, but also gain knowledge of different health systems and unique diseases. Further, you’ll learn to provide care with limited resources available.
Many residents partake in these international rotations each year and return with enriched clinical skills and a new perspective on their clinical practice.
The OK Kids rotation provides interns the opportunity to:
- Lecture at schools and community centers.
- Participate in outreach projects with homeless children.
- Work at clinics for underserved youth.
During the summer months, you’ll participate in Operation Fit, a week-long camp for our young patients and families interested in learning about healthy eating habits and active living. Interested residents also have the opportunity to travel with a team of physicians to Sacramento for pediatric advocacy, and to participate in important discussions about the future of pediatrics.
We understand that the transition from medical school to residency can often be challenging. Interns are paired with chief residents and third year seniors to smooth this progression. Resident mentors serve as resources to answer any questions, provide assistance with navigating new rotations. Mentors also act as a social conduit to establish collegiality between residents.
Additionally, you’ll be paired with a faculty mentor to facilitate professional development. Faculty mentors serve as teaching resources and provide role models for our fledgling pediatricians.