Pediatrics - Residency Program

Educational Goals of the Pediatric Residency Program

The overall aim of the three-year residency curriculum is the comprehensive education and training of pediatric residents to be competent general pediatricians able to provide experienced and coordinated health care to a broad range of pediatric and adolescent patients.

The program's educational experiences are designed to develop the competencies and skills needed to practice high quality community pediatrics. Pediatric residents will also develop sufficient familiarity with the various pediatric subspecialties to participate as effective and productive team members in the care of chronic and complex pediatric conditions.

Clinical rotations blend a mixture of inpatient pediatrics, including intensive care experience, with ambulatory pediatrics in a multitude of settings. In addition to the education derived from direct patient care, a comprehensive conference curriculum is utilized to ensure each resident receives a complete, well-rounded education.

Written goals and objectives have been established for each of the program's educational experiences. The following overall goals and objectives based on the core general competencies and milestones as described by the RRC for Pediatrics are designed to guide the expectations of both pediatric residents and faculty as they implement each of the individual curricular components.

A. Patient Care

Residents must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.

B. Medical Knowledge

Residents must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care.

C. Practice-based Learning and Improvement

Residents must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning.

D. Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Residents must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals.

E. Professionalism

Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles.

F. Systems-based Practice

Residents must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.

Residents are given a progressively increasing level of responsibility for managing their patients and supervising more junior staff on the various inpatient, outpatient, newborn and intensive care services. The increase in responsibility is commensurate with their increase in knowledge and demonstrated performance.