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Curriculum and Schedule


The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center Residency Program is designed to prepare candidates to meet the demands of private practice or, with specialized training, to enter a specialty area in a private or academic setting. The course of instruction and clinical experience is based upon progressively increasing responsibility for the management of patients. The daily didactic program consists of morning report, clinical rounds and noon lectures by program directors, full-time faculty and attending pediatricians. Sub-specialty conferences and lectures, multi-disciplinary teleconferences, Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality conference, Journal Club and systematic training in the preparation for Pediatric Board examinations are integrated into the daily schedule.

The strong emphasis on academic and clinical skills is further enhanced by resident participation in pediatric research. All house officers have the opportunity to work with a research mentor of their choice and many present their projects at Grand Rounds. Many residents have gone on to present their research at regional or national conferences, and to publish their work in peer-reviewed pediatric journals.

Enhanced Primary Care Experience

Our program is committed to providing residents with the extensive and intensive training in primary care pediatrics that is the foundation for the effective care of all children and their families. Residents are taught to develop specific knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to understand and manage the primary care problems and needs of children and families. Our program provides enhanced experiences in primary care, and urban health care for children and their parents, including the underserved population.

Entering residents are offered the option of two different types of Continuity Clinic experiences: First, they may choose the hospital based clinic under the direct supervision of full-time CCMC staff general pediatricians; or, they may choose to be placed in one of the carefully selected private practice sites in our Private Pediatricians Residents Education Program (PPREP), with one designated practicing Pediatrician as their mentor for three years.

Residents may elect in their second and third year of training to have a full day of continuity clinic. In addition residents may elect to spend a four week "block" rotation in a general pediatric ambulatory practice or in a pediatric "private practice" in order to experience the full work day responsibilities of the office pediatrician

Graduates have successfully obtained superior private practice and hospital-based positions in the geographic areas of their choice.


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