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Outpatient Continuity Program

The continuity program is a major aspect of our primary care training and is part of current efforts to enlarge and broaden the primary care experiences for the residents.

One half-day each week, residents attend their primary care continuity clinic. By seeing the same cadre of patients at regular intervals over three years, residents are able to follow patients through different stages of growth and development and form a long-lasting bond. This is one of the most rewarding aspects of residency. Our program is relatively unique in having residents truly own patients as PCP—practically for family's recognition and in documentation/communication in the EMR.

Patients and families in the outpatient clinic represent the whole spectrum of pediatric practice, including well babies, children with chronic illnesses, subspecialty diseases, and behavioral and psychosocial problems. Twenty-four hour telephone coverage is also provided, with a program for training residents in telephone triage. The outpatient clinic performs close to 25,000 patient visits annually with close to 500 newborns entering the practice each year.