Residency Curriculum

Jessica Donhauser, Kathryn Keenan and Nisha Shah.

Pediatrics faculty member Jessica Donhauser, MD, with pediatrics resident Kathryn Keenan, MD, and combined medicine-pediatrics resident Nisha Shah, DO.

Our residents have diverse backgrounds, and their efforts to work together in the common pursuit of knowledge, training and expertise in the care of children creates a bond that is evident.

Residency Levels

House officers are appointed for a one-year term beginning in July. There are 47 pediatric house officers: an average of 15 per year plus two chief residents. In addition to the pediatric residents, a variety of family practice, combined internal medicine/pediatrics, and emergency medicine rotate through the Pediatric Residency Program at Oishei Children’s Hospital to gain exposure in pediatric medicine. PL-1 positions are offered through the National Resident Matching Program.

Our house staff come from well-known medical schools, and a significant number of the finest graduates from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences elect to stay here in Buffalo. Yearly retreats are held for each level, tailored to the needs of that particular stage of resident development.

In the past 15 years, about 50 percent of our program’s graduates have pursued primary care careers.

PL-1 Year

The first-year resident has the primary responsibility of providing total care for the pediatric/adolescent patient. Supervision by senior residents and the attending staff is augmented by consultations with subspecialty services. The first-year resident receives exposure to a variety of pediatric patients while rotating through:

  • Newborn Nursery: 4 weeks
  • NICU (total: 12 weeks): 4-8 weeks
  • Emergency Room (total: 12 weeks): 4-8 weeks
  • Elective: 4 weeks
  • Inpatient Wards: 20-24 weeks
  • Ambulatory Week: Continuity Clinic every 5th week

PL-2 & PL-3 Years

The second and third year residents accept more supervisory responsibilities as floor seniors. In addition, they rotate through the PICU and sub-specialties.

  • NICU (total: 12 weeks): 4-8 weeks
  • PICU: 4-8 weeks
  • Emergency Room: 4-8 weeks
  • Inpatient Wards: 4-8 weeks
  • Pediatrics Subspecialty/Elective Rotations (see below)
  • Ambulatory Week: Continuity Clinic every 5th week

Chief Residents

Each year, two outstanding residents are chosen as chief residents. These individuals are responsible for the administrative and educational organization of the residency program. They assist the chair of the Department of Pediatrics and the director of the Pediatric Residency Program in organizing the residents’ rotations, medical student experiences and teaching conferences, and they participate in research projects and special programs. Chief residents are chosen for excellence in clinical performance, organizational abilities and leadership qualities. They have an appointment as junior clinical faculty members in the Department of Pediatrics.


  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Developmental Pediatrics & Rehabilitation
  • Endocrinology/Diabetes
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics/Dysmorphology
  • Global Health
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Teaching

Work Hours

  • We follow ACGME and New York State Guidelines.
  • House staff work fewer than 80 hours per week, in compliance with the New York State Health Code Section 405 regulations.
  • A night-shift/day-shift rotation system is in place for all residents.
  • Our schedule has been refined over the years and is well received by the house staff.