The Individualized Curriculum tracks allow residents to tailor their block schedules toward their future career goals and educational interests. During your PL-2 and PL-3 year, categorical pediatric residents are given 10 weeks devoted to an individualized curriculum. This allows for flexibility in creating your PL-2 and PL-3 schedules.
Baylor Pediatric Residency Program offers five tracks with each having certain requirements to qualify for.
1) Non-Primary care general: This track is perfect for those who are interested in general hospital medicine and a strong interest in becoming a pediatric hospitalist. Required elements include a Scholarship month and a Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Month.
2) Primary Care General: This track is for residents interested in general outpatient pediatrics. Requirements include a scholarship month and a Pediatrics General Outpatient capstone course.
3) Sub-Specialty:This track is designed for residents interested in pursuing a fellowship within a specific area. Requirements vary, but most require a scholarship month within specialty of interest and a capstone course.
4) Underserved: Requirements include a Scholarship month and an Underserved Medicine capstone course.
5) Research: For residents interested in a career as a physician scientist. This offers more time for research as part of your elective course. Requirements include four scholarship months and a capstone month in your specialty of your choice.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does one choose a track?
Tracks are chosen at the end of your first year when second year when second year schedule request are made.
What if I want to change my track?
Tracks are extremely flexible and usually able to change your track of choice at any time.
If I do not know what I want to do, how am I supposed to still choose a track?
Do not worry! Most people who apply for residency and even some PL-2 and PL-3 are unsure as to what track to pick. Just choose one! We have people that have gone to fellowship after completing and underserved track and others who have gone into general outpatient pediatrics after completing a sub-specialty track. The point is to choose something that you are interested in for the next three years.
If you end up changing your mind for your long-term career plan, that is ok! A residency as Baylor College of Medicine will teach you everything you need to know about general pediatric medicine no matter what your "next step" is!