Clinical Pathways

All residents in our department have chosen pediatrics as their “major”; our pathway options allow them to select a “minor” at the end of their first year of residency. Each pathway has a faculty lead who helps develop a suggested curriculum for the six pathway rotations, which can be individualized to meet each resident’s career goals. Two of these rotations occur in the second year of residency and four in the third year. In addition, our residents identify a career advisor who meets regularly with the resident for mentoring and career planning.

We offer the following pathways: 

General/Outpatient Pediatrics 
Pediatric Hospital Medicine 
Pediatric Subspecialty
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Global Health

Medical Education

Julie Wood - Pediatric Residency Program CurriculumAlong with a longitudinal “Residents as Teachers” didactic curriculum that teaches the resident to teach, our pediatric residency program has opportunities for upper-level residents to participate in a block rotation that focuses on Medical Education and allows the participant to be the Teaching Resident.

The Teaching Resident does not have clinical duties aside from their weekly continuity clinic; therefore, they can focus on building their teaching portfolio and engaging with multiple levels of learners under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Julie Wood.

Scholarly projects in medical education are also encouraged; our department of pediatrics has many faculty with expertise in medical education who hold leadership positions in undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Scholarly Activity 

We believe that engagement in scholarly work is integral to the success of a pediatrician, necessary to advance the field of medicine and provide the best care possible for our patients. All our residents participate in a mentored scholarly project, which can include traditional research, QI, advocacy and/or medical education. Dedicated research time is available to residents, and many residents present and publish their work at local and national venues.

The skills learned in these projects translate to the bedside, as our residents practice evidence-based medicine, teach patients and their families, improve their own practice, and advocate for the health of children.  

Pediatric Residency Program Research

Academic Environment

Pediatric faculty members are actively engaged in a variety of scholarship, including QI, advocacy, and both clinical and educational research. Wake Forest School of Medicine recently renewed their Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health to encourage collaborative clinical research. This provides significant support, including statisticians and research coordinators, to enable projects by trainees and junior faculty. Pediatric faculty members have recently received extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Duke Endowment, among others, and are excited to include residents in their ongoing projects.