Pediatrics

Our robust Pediatric curriculum will expose you to well child care and the acute management of common inpatient conditions including newborns. The Pediatric experience encompasses inpatient and outpatient longitudinal rotations.

During the outpatient experience you will see newborn and pediatric patients at the Center for Family Medicine-Oconee for well child/preventative care, acute care sick visits, and management of common chronic conditions like asthma and ADHD. Residents will have the opportunity to work with a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and participate in telemedicine visits with Pediatric Subspecialists. Additional outpatient exposure includes rotations at a local private community pediatric practice.

Our Pediatric Hospitalist Service serves all pediatric and newborn patients who are admitted to Oconee Memorial Hospital. You will receive high-quality teaching and mentoring from Pediatric Hospitalists and Family Medicine Core Faculty. During the inpatient longitudinal experience, residents will be exposed to a wide variety of cases and will learn how to care for patients independently. Specific inpatient experiences include delivery attendance and neonatal resuscitation; well newborn care including late preterm infants; admission and management of acutely ill pediatric patients from birth to 17 years; and ER consultation for pediatric patients to guide admission decisions.

Our daily rounding schedule is done with the entire inpatient team (adults, pediatrics and OB) which allows residents to get the family medicine perspective on inpatient care.  The Inpatient Pediatric and OB residents will present mom-baby dyads. The team atmosphere allows for self-directed and team-based learning.  All faculty participate in bedside teaching rounds to give residents a more hands-on opportunity to model physical exam skills or see interesting physical findings.  Bedside point-of-care ultrasound is available as well as the opportunity to learn inpatient procedures like lumbar punctures and incision and drainage of abscesses.

Residents will graduate feeling comfortable taking care of acutely ill pediatric patients as well as newborns and well child preventative care. Extra time for pediatric electives is available with local pediatric practices, our pediatric hospitalist service or at the tertiary center with a variety of pediatric subspecialists.