Primary Care Track

The goal of the Primary Care and Community Health Track of the Pediatric Residency Program is to train pediatricians who receive focused education in primary care, community health, advocacy, and the medical-home concept.  This program has been funded by a grant from HRSA and is designed to provide more longitudinal education in primary care and multiple opportunities for involvement in community outreach.

The program is structured into 3 month blocks.  2 blocks each year are dedicated to ACGME required inpatient experiences and are alternated with 3 month primary care blocks.  These blocks are structured to have longitudinal experiences in general and pediatric subspecialty care.

The primary care blocks are structured as follows:

  • Residents will rotate for 3 months at a time on the primary care track.  There will always be a PGY-1, PGY-2 and PGY-3 in the primary care block.
  • Residents will have a full day of continuity clinic at their regular continuity site during the block. The regular continuity site for each resident will remain constant for the 3 years of the program, as it does currently.
  • The goal is for experiences to be longitudinal during the block.  In order to accomplish some continuity with primary care, the traditional subspecialty experiences will be woven into the blocks over a longer period of time.
  • Call during the primary care blocks will be primarily on the weekend, providing coverage of the inpatient units.  Additional call will be scheduled to handle phone calls for the outpatient office.
Primary Care and Community Health Track - Rotation Schedule
PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3
Inpatient - - 3 mos PICU - - 2 mos Inpatient - - 2 mos
NICU NICU Night float
ED Inpatient ED
Term Nursery Adolescent medicine NICU
Primary Care block - - 6 mos Dev Behav Pediatrics Term Nursery
  Primary Care block - - 6 mos Primary Care block - - 6 mos

 PGY-1 Curriculum

  • Residents complete rotations in inpatient, NICU, ED and term nursery.
  • The focus of this block will be exposure to community experiences.  Many of the experiences currently in the community pediatric rotation will be expanded over the course of each block, providing more exposure to the community.
  • The subspecialty focus of the PGY-1 block will be asthma and pulmonary disease.  This is the largest number of patients with chronic illness that are seen in the Camden population.
PGY-1 Primary Care Block Sample Schedule
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Continuity Clinic Pulmonary Community and Advocacy Experiences Community and Advocacy Experiences Ambulatory Clinic CRC Camden
Continuity Clinic Allergy Community and Advocacy Experiences Community and Advocacy Experiences Ambulatory Clinic CRC Camden

PGY-2 Primary Care Blocks

  • The PGY-2 residents will spend one day per week at CamCare, a federally qualified health center that has several locations in Camden City and surrounding communities.  This time will be in addition to their full day continuity clinic.
  • There will be one day per week available for community experiences.  The residents will have the ability to choose from the available experiences, many of which they will have been exposed to during their first year in the primary care blocks.
  • The subspecialty focus will be endocrine, gastroenterology and infectious diseases.  This subspecialty experiences will be 2-3 days per week for the duration of the block.
PGY-2 Primary Care Block Sample Schedule
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Continuity Clinic Subspecialty Experiences Subspecialty Experiences Subspecialty Experiences Ambulatory Clinic CamCare
Continuity Clinic Subspecialty Experiences Subspecialty Experiences Community and Advocacy Experiences Ambulatory Clinic CamCare

PGY-3 Primary Care Blocks

  • PGY-3 residents will spend one day per week during the block at a satellite office.  This experience will allow them to focus some attention on a different patient population.  This will be in addition to their full day of continuity clinic.
  • The subspecialty focuses for the PGY-3 blocks will be neurology, cardiology and dermatology.
  • One half day per week to work on a research project with CamConnect during one of the blocks.
  • There will be one half day per week available for community experiences.  The residents will have the ability to choose from the available experiences, many of which they will have been exposed to during their first year in the primary care blocks.
  • Time will also be available for elective experiences.
PGY-3 Primary Care Block Sample Schedule
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Continuity Clinic Subspecialty Experiences Subspecialty Experiences CamConnect Research Ambulatory CRC Burlington
Continuity Clinic Subspecialty Experiences Subspecialty Experiences Community and Advocacy Experiences Ambulatory CRC Burlington

Additional Experiences

  • Involvement in community outreach
  • Opportunity to learn Spanish
  • Availability of research in health delivery and the underserved

Qualifications

  • US citizen or permanent resident (requirement of HRSA grant)
  • Commitment to primary care and the under-served

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a brief statement outlining their interest in the track. During the process of ranking, the primary care track should be selected separately from the categorical program. Applicants may apply to both the categorical program and the primary care track. Statements should be sent to the program coordinator at ortiz-ramonita@cooperhealth.edu.