Every intern has at least three months of general inpatient experience. Inpatient teams at Children’s Hospital are typically unit-based, allowing closer relationships with nurses, more contact with families, and less time spent commuting between floors. During the junior and senior years, residents assume a supervisory role in the care of general pediatrics patients. Supervising residents are team leaders and provide much of the bedside teaching to the interns and medical students. Inpatient ward teams are divided into “day” and “night” teams.
Organization of general inpatient services:
- Boston Children’s Hospital 9 East Gen Peds A and Gen Peds B: 1 senior resident (Gen Peds A), 1 junior resident (Gen Peds B) a nurse practitioner, 4 interns, and up to 4 medical students
- Boston Children’s Hospital 7 West Gen Peds C and subspecialty teams (Adolescent, Pulmonary, Endocrinology, Allergy/Immunology, Rheumatology): 1 senior residents, 1 junior resident, 4 interns, a nurse practitioner, and up to 4 medical students. Interns and residents switch between Gen Peds C and the subspecialties after 2 weeks.
- Boston Children’s Hospital 6 East (Hematology, Renal, Toxicology): 2 junior residents (1 on the inpatient service, one in outpatient clinics and consult services), 1 intern, and up to 2 medical students
- Boston Medical Center Inpatient Wards: 1 senior resident, 1 junior resident, 3 pediatric interns, one family medicine intern, and 3-4 medical students
The General Pediatrics teams at Boston Children’s Hospital care for patients with a wide variety of general pediatric problems.
The inpatient ward at Boston Medical Center is a 22-bed unit. The pediatric ward team cares for general pediatrics patients and patients from subspecialty services, including endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, infectious diseases, neurology, and pulmonology.