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General Pediatrics Educational Programs

All faculty in the division are involved in education. Clinical care and teaching in the Division of General Pediatrics are guided by the biopsychosocial model of patient care (originated by George Engel at URMC), in which patients are treated holistically with attention to their physical health and vulnerabilities, psychological status, and cultural, home and social environments. In clinical practice, faculty spend a large part of their time educating parents and children about health, safety, and management of illness. In the clinic, they teach medical students and residents to provide optimal care to children, instructing and teaching by example. Our fellows play a key role as learners and as teachers in all divisional activities. Education, therefore, links all of our clinical and academic activities that support primary health care for children.

Faculty Development Programs

Supporting the development of faculty is a high priority in our division. We provide extensive individual mentoring of junior faculty, diverse seminars, and opportunities to practice presentations for national meetings. Moreover, some division faculty are heavily involved in prestigious national faculty development activities.

General Academic Pediatric Fellowship

We offer a 3-year general academic pediatric fellowship for residency graduates or PhDs who are interested in becoming pediatric academicians and leaders. We encourage fellows to design an individualized program around the domains of research, education, and career development/leadership. Fellows with a special interest in teaching have the opportunity to purse a M.S. in Health Professions Education through the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.

Primary Care Experiences for Pediatric Residents

Resident education is a key priority for the General Pediatrics Division. Major primary care learning experiences for residents include continuity clinic experiences, illness clinic rotations, and inpatient care for general pediatrics patients.

Residents may also choose two special emphasis tracks that focus on primary care pediatrics:

  • Pediatric Links with the Community/Community/Child Advocacy Resident Education Program (PLC-CARE) gives residents first-hand experience with critical community factors affecting the health of vulnerable children. Residents interact with medical and non-medical providers and conduct community advocacy projects.
    Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC)
  • The Primary Care Track is designed for residents who plan to specialize in the delivery of pediatric primary care. They work with a primary care preceptor for ½ day per week over two years, building a panel of patients and gaining experience through direct patient care for well and ill children, including children with acute, chronic, and recurrent illnesses.
    Pediatric Residency Program