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C.S. Mott Children's Hospital


The primary care physician is increasingly expected to be a partner in the on-going care of children with complex diseases and is now expected to manage many of the problems that in the past have been referred to specialists.  Thus, broad training in pediatric subspecialties is of increasing importance to the general pediatrician.  Our clinical electives are designed to provide you with a broad overview of each area with a strong emphasis on care in the outpatient setting.  Similarly, our conference series is designed to present core subspecialty content with a focus on the information that every general and primary care pediatrician must know.

In addition to opportunities in all of the pediatric subspecialties, we also offer a wide range of other elective experiences to meet the diverse educational interests of our residents.  These include electives in sports medicine, child abuse and protection, and child advocacy.  We offer electives at summer camps for children with hemophilia, asthma, diabetes, or rheumatologic diseases.  Many of our residents have participated in our expanding international elective experiences.  We offer research electives for residents who would like protected elective time to pursue a scholarly activity or quality improvement project.  Elective experiences in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit are available for those who want additional exposure to critically ill children. 

Residents in their 2nd or 3rd year of training can choose to further build upon their community health experience to develop an individualized child advocacy rotation, which includes experience with legislative advocacy and a longitudinal project. Residents are afforded the opportunity to develop a specific advocacy initiative around an issue of their choice, which may take the form of a persuasive contact, town hall panel discussion, or other modalities. They are encouraged to meet with state advocates, including the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and local and state legislators.

Residents in their 3rd year of training who will be pursuing a career in primary care may elect the Senior Primary Care rotation, which provides advanced preparation in ambulatory billing and coding, clinic management, and working with third-party payers. Residents work with U of M affiliated private community practitioners in a variety of practice arrangements, including a large, group practice and smaller physician offices to learn about different practice management demands. Residents meet with central billing, marketing, and practice management personnel to gain experience with these aspects of primary care practice.

Finally, we are always willing to assist residents in creating individually-arranged electives to meet particular interests or career goals.

Available electives include: