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Holy Cross Hospital Rotation

With 454 beds, Holy Cross Hospital (HCH) is the second largest hospital in Maryland. It is located in Silver Spring, just north of Washington, DC (about 7 miles from Children’s National). HCH’s community focus serves as an ideal site for pediatric residents from Children’s National to broaden their skills.

PL-1 Well-Baby Rotation
All interns spend a four-week rotation in the well-baby nursery at HCH. With almost 9,000 deliveries per year, HCH has one of the largest numbers of deliveries of any hospital in the mid-Atlantic region. The interns get excellent experience in the well-baby nursery in a high-volume setting with teaching and support from Children’s National faculty. Interns receive first-rate instruction by HCH neonatologists and become skilled in delivery room care and resuscitation.

“My favorite rotation was in my second year. Leading and teaching the medical students was great practice for my third-year senior month. I also enjoyed the exposure to a private practice, learning the intricacies of practice management and getting one-on-one teaching from the attending. This rotation is definitely an asset in our program!”

PL-2 Holy Cross Rotation
Residents spend a variable amount of time at HCH in their second year, depending on their residency track. Categorical Track residents rotate for an eight-week period; the Primary Care and Community Health residents for four weeks. The eight-week rotation is divided into four two-week mini-rotations:
  • Floor Resident: A supervisory senior on-service role directing medical students in patient care on the 26-bed inpatient unit
  • Teaching Resident: An educational role focused on teaching medical students and peer residents by giving them feedback, formal didactics, and informal teaching sessions
  • Outpatient Resident: A choice of exciting and unique ambulatory selective experiences including time spent at a private office learning about the business of medicine, the flow of a private practice, poison control, breastfeeding classes, and others
  • Delivery Room Resident: Attending high-risk deliveries with the neonatology staff and performing neonatal procedures such as central lines and intubations
The HCH rotation gives residents an opportunity to focus on general pediatrics and assume greater responsibility for patient care with guidance from Children’s National pediatric hospitalists based at HCH. Residents leave the rotation with a sense of confidence in their clinical skills and abilities. They also have an opportunity to hone their leadership skills and improve their teaching skills during this time.

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