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Frequently Asked Questions

How many residents are in your program?

We have 15-17 categorical Pediatrics positions for each year. In addition, there are also 4 Med-Peds residents per year as well as 1-2 Child Neurology positions. Our total number is 60-65 residents.

What are the perks of your program?

  • Salary as determined by University of Mississippi Medical Center IHL
  • $1,000 funds toward educational materials (over 3 years)
  • Free covered parking
  • Free email and internet access
  • Vacation/personal leave: 15 days per academic year
  • Conference time and fund available each year of training
  • Monogrammed fleece coats provided in intern year
  • Lab coats provided
  • Monogrammed scrubs provided in PGY-2 and PGY-3 year
  • Meal vouchers provided for on-call shifts at UMMC
  • Health insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield, UMMC employee discounts
  • Access to Quick Care Clinic, UMMC 2 You Telehealth and LifeSync for resident wellness
  • Professional liability coverage: covered by IHL/UMC
  • Paid subscription to PediaLink, including online subscription to PREP question bank, Pediatrics in Review and Pediatrics journal
  • Paid access to Board Vitals
  • Professional dues: Paid membership in American Academy of Pediatrics & Mississippi Chapter of AAP
  • Certification courses provided: BLS, PALS & NRP
  • Lounge with computers, stocked refrigerator and pantry
  • Yearly resident retreat
  • Web-based procedure documentation and evaluation system
  • Fitness centers: Access to UMMC Student Union. Discount to University Wellness Centers, YMCA
  • Favorable rates for dental, health and life insurance plans for residents, spouses and children
  • Longitudinal Board review course
  • Employee perks

Are rotations available in every major subspecialty?

Yes, we have every major Pediatric subspecialty available at Children’s of Mississippi. Residents can rotate through each of the following pediatric subspecialties: Adolescent Medicine, Allergy/Immunology, Cardiology, Child Development, Critical Care, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Forensic Pediatrics, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology, Palliative Medicine, Pulmonology, and Rheumatology.

How is call structured?

We have four inpatient teams that rotate call every fourth day. On weekends, upper level residents have 24-hour calls (2-3 per inpatient month). Other nights are covered by a dedicated night float service. There is a separate inpatient team for Hematology/Oncology. There is also an inpatient service that assists with co-management of surgical patients.  Residents on Heme/Onc and Surgical Hospitalist do not have overnight responsibilities.

How much independence do residents have?

Residents are expected to generate and present the plan of care for all patients. There is guidance from attending physicians for all services around the clock. There is a graduated level of responsibility as interns progress during their PGY 1 year to prepare them for the supervisory role of a PGY 2 resident. 

What about continuity clinic?

All residents have a continuity clinic experience where they see General Pediatrics patients in an ambulatory clinic one afternoon per week. You are excused from continuity clinic if you are on vacation, working nights etc.

What is the average patient volume?

Typical inpatient wards services carry from seven to 14 patients and have three residents per team. The continuity clinic schedule starts off at three patients for PGY 1 residents at a half-day clinic. The number of patients increases slowly over the next couple of years until PGY 3 residents see a maximum of eight patients in a half-day clinic.