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Discussion in 'Pediatrics' started by Complications, Jun 21, 2008.
One more day of intern year ... who's with me? Almost over. Oh yeah.
I have only one more in-house call as a PL-25 or is it 26? or 27: It's hard to count that many years...!!!
What is annoying is that I have to do more call as a PL-26 (or is it 27, or 28) than as a PL-25 (or is it 26?).
Oh well, I hear the PL-40 year is easy!
Yes, congrats to the "graduating" interns. I'll tell you, though, one of the scariest days of my life was my first call as an "upper" level resident.
awesome!! congrates! but i do have a question. What does PL mean? I can't seem to find it anywhere...
You know what?? Great question Some programs use PGY (post-graduate year, I get that one), but others use PL (for instance, my program), and I have no idea what it means either.
And is there a difference between the two besides just semantics?
PL = Pediatric Level.
And Ed is right - it isn't until the PL-2 year that residents are likely to be left "alone" in a situation in which they need to primarily intubate a baby or otherwise make a critical decision/perform a procedure. The PL-2 and PL-3 years may overall be easier than PL-1, but there will be some months/nights that are harder/more stressful than any PL-1 night/rotation. Of course, by then you're ready for it!
Isn't PL just Pediatric Level? As in PL-1 is a pedi intern.
doh! simultaneous posting makes me look stoopid!
I prefer to think of it as "great minds think alike"
We finish up tomorrow as well.
Our hospitals use the PL abbreviation as well: PL-1 = Postgraduate level 1
Oh, wow. That's crazy!! Pediatrics is so cool we even have our own residency year terminology?
Well, thanks for deflating me . Tell me about it, I start my first two weeks as a night senior. Crazy!
That's right, PL is "postgraduate years", and it's a coincidence that "Pediatric" starts with a P, too. I think OBP made a joke referring to PL as "Pediatric Level".
Google "PL" and "pediatric level" and you'll see many links with the definition so it isn't just me...
for one of many examples...
I'm sure there's a fascinating history to the term, but I don't care about it or which definition came first. I do know that at the institutions where I've been in the last 30 years, it was defined as "pediatric level". Of course, it is identical to PGY, post-graduate year in meaning, but, pedi has used it's own term for at least 30 years, probably much longer.
Hmmm, interesting. So a Med-Peds resident has 4 Pediatric levels to go through, then?