Developing Tomorrow's Leaders in Pediatrics

The goal of our pediatric residency program is to train outstanding pediatricians who will serve as leaders within their community and their profession. 

The Scholarly Project provides residents the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and experiences to be a leader in their chosen field, whether in general pediatrics, academic pediatrics, or subspecialty pediatrics.

During the first year of residency, residents are introduced to 4 potential focus areas:

  1. Research
  2. Community advocacy
  3. Quality improvement and patient safety
  4. Medical education

Research:  First year residents will be exposed to the fundamentals of clinical research through journal club discussions and research workshop sessions held during Friday didactic conferences.  Workshop sessions will include topics such as study design, formulation of specific aims, how to choose a research topic and write a hypothesis, how to write an abstract, and how to present data.

Community Health and Child Advocacy:  All first-year residents have a 1-month introduction to community health and child advocacy (Communities and Health Professionals Together).

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS):  All first-year residents are introduced to the concepts of QIPS through a longitudinal curriculum and hands-on QIPS project.

Medical Education:  All first-year residents are introduced to resident-as-teacher educational modules beginning in intern orientation and throughout the year.

Numerous lectures, workshops, and projects are offered to all residents throughout their three years here, in order to further expand their knowledge and experiences in all of these topics.

The Scholarly Project

At the end of their first year of residency, residents choose one of the four focus areas to concentrate on. Faculty mentors in each focus area work with residents to develop a Scholarly Project in their area of interest, though it is not uncommon for a project to include more than one focus area.  Residents may take 2-4 week electives in their second and third year to gain more skills and experience in their chosen focus area and develop their Scholarly Project.  All graduating residents present their Scholarly Project to faculty and residents as an abstract and poster at the annual Department of Pediatrics Research Colloquium, and many present their work at national and international conferences.