Unique Patient Care Opportunities
In addition to the rotations at the hospitals and affiliated clinics, there are several unique opportunities for residents to take advantage of outside the clinical setting:
Onondaga Nation Clinic
Onondaga Nation Clinic is a unique opportunity afforded to third year pediatric residents on a voluntary basis where they provide health services to a local Native American population located on the Onondaga Nation Reservation. The patients are seen independently by the pediatric resident who staffs the pediatric walk-in clinic once a week during elective rotations. It is an invaluable learning experience and bridge to autonomy enjoyed by many of our senior residents.
International Health Refugee Clinic
The International Health Refugee Clinic is a refugee clinic that serves primarily African refugees from Sudan, Somalia and recently Liberia. These patients present with a unique spectrum of tropical diseases that are not otherwise encountered on a routine basis in a typical North American urban setting.
Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation (CARE)
The CARE Program provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment to children suspected of being abused or maltreated. The CARE team consists of specially trained and experienced physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and social workers who work together to assess the social and medical evidence of abuse. The CARE team works closely with community agencies concerned with the welfare of children, including law enforcement, child protective services, Vera House and the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center. The CARE Program offers a three year child abuse fellowship training program.
ENHANCE Services for Children in Foster Care is a multidisciplinary program that provides a wide array of services to children in the custody of Onondaga County Department of Social Services (DSS). Working closely with foster parents, biological parents, and caseworkers, a team of two pediatricians, a child psychologist, a child developmental specialist, nurse practitioners, nurses, and DSS caseworkers advocate for, and provide comprehensive pediatric healthcare, mental health services and developmental assessments to children.
Family Advocacy Program
Family Advocacy Program (FAP) seeks to improve health outcomes for low-income children and their families through collaborative advocacy and legal intervention. Cases handled through FAP have included custody, adoption and child support; housing issues including landlord disputes, handicap access and utility disputes; education law including special education and unlawful exclusion from public schools; and other legal issues directly affecting child health.
Fit Families Center for Children's Nutrition and Exercise
Fit Families Center for Children's Nutrition and Exercise (CCNE) Program is a family-centered approach to healthy eating and physical activity habits. Services are offered for children ages 2–18 years. Families obtain the skills necessary to promote a home and social environment that effectively deters excess weight gain.