General Pediatrics

Hat Day at MethodistGeneral pediatrics is the foundation for all residents in the program. Although many residents go on to pediatric specialties, research, and other fields, the majority of our residents practice general pediatric primary care upon graduation.

Our program has trained nearly 70% of all current general pediatricians in the state of Indiana and we have graduates in about every state and setting. We provide a balance in primary care, ambulatory rotations, and didactic sessions in these important areas while training residents in skills for critical care, specialty care, and children with special needs which is becoming a major part of general practice.

Residents typically have 2 general ward experiences per year. We benefit from general rotations at each of the three hospitals. Common illnesses for inpatients include:

  • Fever/rule out sepsis
  • Apnea
  • Asthma
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Pneumonia
  • Failure to thrive
  • Seizures
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Dehydration

Diagnostic dilemmas stimulate resident critical thinking and problem-solving skills. With the large academic faculty, teachers are readily available and there are frequent opportunities to enhance skills through faculty-resident interaction. On the inpatient services, rounds are made with the ward attending 7 days a week.

With large normal newborn nurseries at three hospitals, residents become proficient in the management of problems of the newborn. Lactation consultants, nurse practitioners, translators, and social workers complement the faculty in teaching residents to be experts in the care of the newborn.