The Pediatric Residency Training Program at the University of Chicago is intent on producing the next generation of leaders in pediatric health care. To do so, we are fortunate to have the resources of The Department of Pediatrics which is involved in teaching, service and research in virtually every aspect of pediatric disease, child health care and health disparities. Through such exposure, we provide trainees with opportunities for diverse career directions, whether in general practice, subspecialties or research, but always with the goal of becoming leaders in any direction. We offer two models of residency training: a three-year residency training program and four-year scholarship tracks in areas that have been traditionally underserved by pediatric representation. Both options provide exemplary training in general pediatrics that combines both inpatient and outpatient experiences, caring for some of the country’s most medically complex and challenging patients. From the intensive care and inpatient service at Comer Children’s Hospital to the La Rabida Hospital experience of caring for children with chronic diseases, and including inpatient and outpatient experiences at NorthShore University Health Systems (our collaborative institution north of the city) residents are exposed to a wide variety of both normal development and pediatric pathology.
Centered in the southside of Chicago, on the campus of the University of Chicago, our residents have access to one of the world’s most prestigious universities and all the resources it offers. Our Scholarship Tracks take specific advantage of the world renowned educational programs that the University of Chicago offers, but complementary education in business, law, ethics and many other fields of excellence are available to all pediatric trainees here.
The mission of the residency program in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago is to train caring, compassionate physicians who are:
- Skilled in providing the highest level of primary medical care for neonates, infants, children and adolescents
- Advocates for children and their families in terms of social, emotional and medical needs
- Who have the requisite medical and scientific background to pursue careers in their chosen area of pediatric medicine
- Who will be leaders in the practice of Pediatric Medicine, not only in the clinical realm, but also in underserved areas of pediatrics, including Public Policy, Medical Education, Health Economics and Human Genomics
To achieve this mission, the program has the following specific aims:
- To recruit the highest caliber medical graduates to the Pediatric Residency.
- To foster critical thinking based on medical and scientific data and provide the educational tools required for the residents to continue to acquire knowledge.
- To provide an environment that encourages initiation of, and participation in, scholarly projects.
- To provide a curriculum of fundamental information concerning normal growth, development and physiology, and methods of diagnosing, preventing and treating disease.
- To supervise, monitor, and facilitate the learning process to assure residents are prepared to achieve their life goals in pediatrics.
- To define specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes required, and to provide educational experiences as needed, in order for residents to demonstrate the following 6 Core Competencies as defined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (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
- Practice-Based Learning and Improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of their own patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in 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