Before you start each rotation, please review the rotation section for the Rotation Summary, goals and objectives as well as expectations and guidelines. As always, if you think of useful information specific to any or all rotations, please let us know.


Selective and Consult Requirements

Over the course of your residency, you are required to complete at least 7 months of subspecialty training. The current core rotation schedule ensures completion of the following 6 subspecialty months (Rainbow rotation, Renal, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, 2 months Oncology), leaving one 4-week block (or two 2-week blocks) that needs to be a selective from the following list. At least two weeks of your 6 months of elective time should also be with a service that sees consults.


*Please refer to the Away Elective page for details on process for planning an elective outside of LPCH/SUH

The purpose of Electives in our residency program is to allow individual residents opportunities to explore a clinical field that is not a required aspect of the curriculum. The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) requires that time in residency is clinical training. Therefore, Electives must have a clinical component to meet the ABP requirements. 

In order to optimize a resident’s experience during an Elective period, it is important that Electives be chosen well in advance of starting the Elective so that the sponsoring faculty members or Divisions are prepared to integrate the resident into the clinical service and plan the individual’s experience.  More 

Another important consideration is the auditing of resident rotations for Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding. In the past, children’s hospitals have not received significant GME funding for residency training. With new legislation and funding of GME, we are required to monitor and record resident rotations since funding is dependant on providing information about rotation schedules for each resident in the program.

Therefore, in order to meet the ABP requirements, to optimize the Elective experience and to meet GME audit requirements, it is necessary that we have a formal Elective Policy and that residents comply with the Policy.

  1. Residents must indicate their Electives before the start of each residency year. 
  2. Electives may be chosen from the Elective Roster posted on the web site.
  3. We recognize that your elective preferences may occasionally change during the year and you will be able to make your own alternate plans up to 8 weeks before the start of the scheduled block. You will be responsible for notifying the Chief Residents of these changes. Changes within 8 weeks of the start date will be considered on a case by case basis. 
  4. Seniors will be given first priority in the initial scheduling process as it is their final opportunity to partake in a particular elective. However, if a senior changes his/her selection later in the year, a previously scheduled junior will not be displaced to accommodate the senior. 
  5. Requests for Electives not on the Elective List (including Research electives), are subject to an approval process. Once dates for your elective rotation have been assigned you MUST complete the online research/custom elective proposal form (linked here) by July 15th. Electives are then approved by the faculty sponsor and class APD. While revisions may be made to your proposal later, these must be formally approved (by re-submitting the form) at least 8 weeks PRIOR to the start of your rotation. Timely submission of your proposal is REQUIRED in order to receive credit for the elective.
  6. Electives outside of this institution (including International Electives) require a separate approval process and additional time and planning. Ann Dohn in the Office of GME must approve off-site Electives and ensure that residents have malpractice coverage. This process requires at least 2-3 months of planning.  Please see the specific Away Elective Policy for additional details.


For each of the rotations, you will find the following information:

  • Orientation Guide (full-length version and 5-minute quick version)
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Learning Modules (cases, questions, key references)
  • Rotation Contacts