Overview of the Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Training Program Curriculum
The Tulane Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program is an integrated program that meets the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the guidelines for combined training stipulated by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics. The program incorporates 24 months of training in each specialty by alternating between Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. The frequency of alternating in blocks every 4 months keeps residents well connected to both departments and alleviates some of the anxiety that occurs from having been away from one department for an extended period of time.
The Medicine-Pediatrics Residency program prepares residents to become leaders in any field of academic or community medicine. It gives them the opportunity to choose a career in administrative medicine, research, or clinical medicine as a primary care physician, a hospitalist, or a subspecialty physician.
Our program provides individual mentorship for residents aimed at supporting the residents in achieving their goals. There are numerous mentors available for residents through in our various hospitals and clinics. In addition, each resident has individualized meetings with the Program Directors to ensure that the residents are connected to faculty who will support and guide them in their endeavors.
The Tulane Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program is dedicated to training residents to be excellent clinicians and scientists. The program is designed to create a clinical environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and development of interpersonal and professional skills. The training program introduces the resident to diverse and graduated clinical responsibilities during the first year. Second year residents receive in-depth training in the sub-specialties. Subsequent years of training are devoted to refining their internal medicine and pediatric skills. Residents receive additional experience from electives, consultation and ambulatory care rotations. Over the four years, their research and elective time give the residents the additional opportunity to modify the standard curriculum to their own interests, as needed. Upon completion of training in medicine, all residents have a broad background adequate for a career in any of the specialties. The diverse clinical experience of Tulane's participating hospitals is combined with excellent faculty supervision and a dedicated didactic curriculum to create the optimal physician.
The curriculum is reviewed bi-annually and as needed by the directors with the valued input from the residents.
Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Continuity Clinic
An attractive feature of our Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program is the Combined Medicine-Pediatrics continuity clinic. Our residents gain experience working in a combined clinic, staffed by board certified Med-Peds physicians, where they see patients from all ages in the same clinic as part of their integrated Med-Peds Curriculum. The clinic allows residents to learn more about a wide spectrum of disease including preventive medicine and transition of care from childhood to adulthood.
Our residents participate with faculty in the evaluation and treatment of patients seen in the ambulatory care clinics. Residents maintain their own continuity clinic, on an average of one half days per week when in Pediatrics and in Internal Medicine, and serve as the primary care provider for these patients. With faculty supervision, our residents obtain histories and physicals from each patient, order indicated laboratory and diagnostic studies treat diagnosed internal medicine and pediatric disease, and counsel patients regarding their health and disease. The clinic is staffed with faculty preceptors at a ratio of 1 preceptor per 4 residents.
The Med-Peds residents are encouraged to be partners in health with other physician colleagues, health experts and patients as part of their patient care objectives. Our resident initiated and produced quarterly newsletter reaches the homes of over 400 clinic patients in an aim to improve health literacy in the community.
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