The goal of our program is to offer outstanding training that prepares our graduates to assume leadership positions in pediatrics. After completing core general pediatric training, our graduates may choose to go into primary care practice or pursue postgraduate subspecialty or general academic training. Above all, we strive to offer a balanced program covering the core competencies of general pediatrics, inpatient care, critical care, emergency pediatrics, and subspecialty pediatrics.
In addition to training in these major areas, our program ensures the development of knowledge and skills in critical evaluation of the literature, evidence-based medicine, medical ethics, health care advocacy, socio-cultural aspects of medicine, and legal aspects of medicine. There is also a core curriculum in managed care, leadership, quality improvement, practice management, and teaching skills. All residents participate in a scholarly project and a quality improvement project during their training.
Our Program meets all Residency Review Committee (RRC) guidelines and received its most recent full accreditation in 2008. The Program Directors work with the Chair, the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, the Residency Advisory Committee, and the faculty to make continuous improvements in the program and to ensure that our graduates are exceptionally well-prepared for any career they choose in Pediatrics. All of our rotations have specific goals and objectives, which are regularly reviewed, revised, and published on the web. Each rotation has a faculty education lead who is responsible for ensuring the overall quality of the educational experience.
Our program has consistently had one of the highest "pass" rates in the country for the American Board of Pediatrics certification exam. Information on board performance is available from the American Board of Pediatrics.
We expect that residents will contribute to the continuous improvement of the program through their active involvement in program governance and we actively solicit their feedback and advice. Residents are encouraged to participate in leadership committees and ad hoc work groups to assist in program development. We also have monthly “town hall” meetings for dialogue and discussion, and we rely on the regular feedback that residents provide about rotations and faculty. Our Graduate Medical Education Committee provides oversight for the entire program and has strong resident representation.