Second Year

Doctor with baby and dad

The second year of our program provides residents with further experience in a number of pediatric subspecialty areas, including two "Selective" rotations in the following subspecialties: cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, nephrology, rheumatology, allergy/pulmonology, genetics, and infectious disease. During these busy outpatient months, residents see patients in clinic, provide consultative services for the hospital, and participate in procedures. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in specialized educational conferences, research, and multidisciplinary discussions.

Second year residents also gain further experience caring for our sickest patients in the pediatric and neonatal critical care units, and working with junior residents and medical students in a supervisory role on the inpatient floors and in the general pediatrics clinic. In addition, two blocks of "Red Day Team" are included in the second year schedule where two second year residents manage the inpatient hematology/oncology service each block as well as spend time in the outpatient heme/onc clinic and perform procedures.

To experience pediatrics outside a large, university-based academic center, our residents spend one block learning at a local private general pediatrics practice, and another at an urban children’s emergency room in Des Moines, Iowa. Travel and lodging are provided by the program.

Many residents use the second year to hone their interests and determine their future career path. Our Career Elective rotation provides a mentored opportunity to design a rotation with clinical, educational, administrative, and research experiences in each resident’s field of interest. An additional elective block can be used to further this interest or pursue other learning goals during the second year of training.

Below is a typical second year schedule. Each block is 4 weeks long. Please see this page for further rotation descriptions.

Senior Night Team
Red Day Team (2 Blocks)
Inpatient Night Team Senior
NICU Bay 1
Blank Children's Hospital ETC
Community Pediatrics
Adolescent Medicine
"Selective" subspecialty clinic (see above, 2 blocks)
General Pediatrics and Acute Care Clinic
Career Elective
Call-Free Elective