For more than fifty years, the Department of Pediatrics has maintained a residency training program in general pediatrics that provides residents with a strong foundation in primary care pediatrics, acute care medicine, and subspecialties.
Our collegial environment allows a "hands on" approach with a high faculty to resident ratio. Due to the large catchment area served by the Department, residents directly care for patients with a vast array of medical problems, from common primary care issues to the most unique subspecialty conditions. Residents are actively involved in varied learning experiences such as resident run journal clubs, research and pathophysiology conferences, case-based ambulatory care and subspecialty conferences, daily rounds with faculty, weekly grand rounds, and regular discourse with visiting professors.
Our all-encompassing curriculum has successfully prepared residents for fellowship training in subspecialties and careers in primary care pediatrics across the country. This is achieved through direct patient care, lectures, interactive conferences, and resident presentations. We've trimmed non-educational aspects of our program so you receive intense and essential clinical experience. Participation in clinical research with faculty members is also encouraged.
The Right Case Mix
Approximately one half of all hospital admissions represent common problems frequently encountered by primary care pediatricians. The remainder of admissions represent patients referred from a large geographic area with a range of therapeutic and diagnostic subspecialty challenges.
Opportunities for Research
For residents considering academic medicine, or who have a particular interest in a sub-specialty, the opportunity to do research during their residency can be attractive. The faculty in pediatrics is very supportive in helping residents with case reports, small clinical research studies, and even bench research. With the elective months, it is very feasible to structure time to do research in a specific area.
Opportunities for International Health
In 2008, The State of New York resettled 3,628 refugees making it the 4th largest percentage receiving state in the union. 20% of this population was resettled in Onondaga County alone. The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) has begun to increase the number of new arrivals dramatically and in 2009, Onondaga County resettled an unprecedented 1,364 new arrivals, representing a 90% increase over the previous year. The Pediatric International Health Clinic is a large pediatric refugee clinic that serves patients from Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East. Aside from the Pediatric International Health Clinic, several faculty members have developed collaborative international health partnerships with facilities in Central America (El Salvador) and Africa (Liberia). Opportunities for international rotations are being formalized through the development of the HEARTT (Health Education & Relief Through Teaching) program. This multi-center, collaborative effort is focused on educational efforts in Liberia, Africa.