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During the second and third year of training, residents have the option to individualize their training based on their own passions and career paths by choosing one of our longitudinal tracks. Residents within a track have a half day weekly of protected time during most rotations (~30 afternoons/year). Tracks include both clinical and project-based options with additional block time afforded for project-based tracks.

Clinical Tracks

  • Primary Care: Residents work with a primary care pediatrician in the community to develop a better understanding of continuity as a tool in caring for patients and families as well as office management and finances. This track allows residents to customize urban, suburban, or rural location and patient populations.
  • Subspecialty-focus: Residents work longitudinally within a particular subspecialty. Some residents choose an area that they would like to pursue in fellowship after residency; this option is very popular for our Child Neurology residents. Other residents choose an area that differs from their future career goals, but is complementary.

Project-based Tracks

Project topics are individualized based on interest rather than a predetermined list of projects.

  • Community Health and Advocacy Resident Education (CARE): Residents will partner with community-based organizations, acquire skills for initiating, sustaining, and evaluating community projects, enhance communication and leadership skills, and become better pediatricians! The track includes a required 2-week block, fondly referred to as a “mini-MPH,” early in second year to jump start skills and project initiation. If desired, residents can obtain MPH credit for this block. Residents can choose an optional block in third year to work on their projects. Faculty mentors are national leaders in community health and advocacy education and have made this program a national model.
    • Global CARE: Similar to CARE, this track focuses on community-based global projects rather than medical tourism. Track participants attend the CARE 2-week block (see above) and have 4 weeks for travel abroad in their third year.
    • Refugee CARE: This track can have a clinical-focus at the Center for Refugee Health, be project-based around refugee health, or combine both clinical and project elements. Track participants attend the CARE 2-week block (see above) and can choose an optional block in third year.
  • Medical Educator: Residents will incorporate basic educational theory, acquire and practice novel teaching techniques, and develop a medical education-focused project. Track participants have a 2-week block annually.
  • Research: Residents will develop and/or refine research skills and enhance presentation and communication skills. The track includes a required 2-week block early in second year to jump start skills and project initiation. A second block occurs during the second year with two 2-week blocks in the third year. Residents have access to research expertise regarding IRB submissions and statistics, and there is funding for 1st author presentations at conferences. Faculty mentors can span the entirety of the University of Rochester from the medical center to undergraduate and graduate schools.