Department of Pediatrics and Human Development
College of Human Medicine

  1. Provide residents with a broad exposure to the health care of children and substantial experience in the management of diverse pediatric pathologic conditions. This includes experience in child health supervision and those conditions commonly encountered in primary care practice. It also includes experience with a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions of pediatrics in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. Preventive health care, ethical issues, and discussions of the cost of diagnostic tests, procedures, and therapies are a part of all rotations. Concept of Medical Home including providing a coordinated, comprehensive, accessible and culturally appropriate care for children with complex medical and behavior problems should be introduced at primary continuity clinics and during different subspecialty rotations.
  2. Throughout the three years of training, residents are evaluated and emphasis is placed on enhancement of residents' competence in the six core domains as identified by the ACGME:
    • Patient Care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health
    • Medical Knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care
    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and other health professionals
    • Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population
    • Systems-based Practice, as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.
    • Practice-based Learning and Improvement, as demonstrated by 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.

      Pediatric residents at all levels are expected to show continuous improvement in medical knowledge in general pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties. They will have increased responsibilities in patient care including more independent clinical thinking and clinical decision-making. Senior residents are expected to demonstrate improved skills in communication with patients, their families as well as with various medical professionals. Residents are expected to learn and show advance knowledge in using EBM while making a clinical decision and caring for their patients. Residents should show throughout their training a continuous improvement in understanding and use of cost effective and system based approach in the management of their patients. Although all levels of residents are expected to provide some level of teaching and supervising of lower level trainees, senior residents should demonstrate continuous improvement and advancement in their supervisory abilities. This will be evaluated by their ability to manage the pediatric floor, to supervise and teach medical students and junior residents, to give constructive feedback and evaluation to their trainees.

  3. The goal of residency training in pediatrics is to provide educational experiences that prepare residents to be competent general pediatricians, able to provide comprehensive, coordinated care to a broad range of pediatric patients. The residents’ educational experiences emphasize the competencies and skills needed to practice general pediatrics of high quality in the community. In addition, residents are to become sufficiently familiar with the fields of subspecialty pediatrics to enable them to participate as team members in the care of patients with chronic and complex disorders.