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Intern Year (PL-1) 

The first year of residency is a time of tremendous learning. During inpatient months, interns are the primary contact for families and nurses. In the ER, they gain experience with procedures including lumbar punctures, suturing, splinting and intubation. They learn how to be independent, yet they are never alone, always having a senior resident or faculty mentor available as back up. Interns also play an integral role in educating medical students rotating on pediatrics.  

Second Year (PL-2) 

Residents take on increasing responsibility during their second year. Residents run ward teams and begin their PICU experience. They also take overnight shifts in the ER, working one-on-one with a pediatric ER attending. Second year is a time to increase the knowledge base gained during intern year and apply it to the care of critically ill children. There is also elective time during the second year, enabling residents to explore different pediatric subspecialty fields and work toward career planning. 

Third Year (PL-3) 

Residents take on more teaching and clinical responsibility during their final year. They are the leaders on their clinical teams, and play a large part in role modeling teaching and organizational styles. Elective time is used to fill in any gaps in medical knowledge prior to going on to fellowship, academic appointment or primary care. Third years are looked to as the leaders in any critical patient care situation.   

   Rotation Type   

PGY-1 blocks 

PGY-2 blocks 

PGY-3 blocks 

   Inpatient Wards 



   Continuity Clinic 











   Newborn Nursery 



   PICU Prep







   Night Float 



   Pediatric Surgery 



Three weeks of vacation and a four-day holiday break during December or January are provided each year.

UMass Medical School uses a night float system on all inpatient rotations except for the ED, which is shift work. Interns participate in a night float call system for the wards and NICU, which entails one week of night call out of four weeks. Seniors have two weeks of night coverage at a time on the wards or PICU.