Our curriculum will provide our residents with a strong foundation in general pediatrics. They will be prepared to advocate for children at a local and national level, conduct research and quality improvement projects, perform outstanding clinical medicine and/or enter into competitive subspecialty fellowships.
By creating ever-closer connections between clinical and research enterprises, Nemours is building a culture of continuous inquiry and discovery. Collaborative efforts — internally and with external partners — are leading to new ways to improve treatment, enhance the delivery of care, and support the best outcomes for children and families. The program includes educational conferences and mentorship in research design, implementation, and writing abstracts and manuscripts. Residents will have dedicated time during their training to perform mentored research/quality improvement activities with the goal of presenting at regional and national meetings as well as publications.
Patient simulation technology is changing and improving the way physicians learn. Nemours Children’s Hospital offers an on-site simulation center co-located with the GME offices and residency space that residents will access to gain experience and learn how to deliver safe and effective care. Modules include mock codes, procedural skills, family-centered care and delivery of bad news, as well as TeamSTEPPS® training.
Work With the Nation’s Top Physician Scientists (or Their Data)
Nemours Children’s Hospital participates in the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) and hosts the Nemours Center for Asthma Research and Treatment (CART). We’re also one of the few health system in the Southeast selected to participate in PEDSnet, which is a community that includes eight of the nation’s leading children’s hospital health systems. These institutions provide services to more than 2 million children per year, providing a large and diverse population to conduct efficient multi-institutional clinical and health services research.
During ambulatory care rotations, residents will offer care in Nemours practices designated as pediatric medical homes. You will engage in community pediatrics and child advocacy through:
- Teen parent programs
- Zebra Coalition, a network of organizations providing services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and youth of all identities (LGBT+) ages 13-24
- Central Florida Dreamplex, a center for fitness and recreation for families with special needs
- Central Florida’s Children’s Home, for children whose parents cannot or will not provide for them
- Children’s First Health Care system, which provides care for the most medically fragile children via pediatric medical day cares, residential medical group homes and outpatient pediatric services
- Shepherd’s Hope, which offers free health services to children who are at or below 200 percent of the poverty level, or are uninsured or not eligible for government programs
- KNIGHTS Clinic (Keeping Neighbors In Good Health Through Service) at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, coordinated by medical students and staffed by students and physician volunteers
- Allergy and Immunology
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Cardiology (Advanced)
- Diagnostic Radiology
- Infectious Diseases
- Interventional Radiology
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine
- Medical Genetics
- Narrative Medicine
- Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Rehabilitation Medicine
- Sleep Medicine
- Sports Medicine
- Independent Study
- Research Elective
The face-to-face interactions you have with patients during your residency is another key component of your education. These experiences will not only help you build medical knowledge and skills, but develop a component that’s critical in becoming an outstanding pediatrician, such as:
- adopting a calm and confident bedside manner
- translating complex concepts into information patients and families can understand
- communicating with parents and adults, in addition to children
Opportunities to Learn, Collaborate and Self-Direct
- daily huddles
- morning report
- noon conference
- grand rounds
- narrative medicine
- online primary care curriculum
- bioethics conference
- clinical pathological case presentation by PGY-3 residents
- journal club
- simulation activities/workshops
- morbidity and mortality conference
The Nemours Children’s Primary Care clinic provides a medical home for an underserved population and will be the site of the resident continuity clinic experience. Each resident will have their own business cards and routine clinic day to see their panel of patients. An online curriculum for common primary care concerns will be available to supplement the residents’ knowledge and practice of ambulatory pediatrics and effective delivery of anticipatory guidance.
Mentorship throughout the continuum of education is essential. All residents will not only receive extensive support and guidance from the graduate medical education staff, but also will select one, if not more, mentors to work with throughout their residency. Residents will complete an ILP that will contain short- and long-term SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely) goals. It will include goals related to overall health and wellness as well as career goals to promote resiliency.
We anticipate a 100 percent board passage rate. Our resident curriculum is based on the American Board of Pediatrics content specifications. Residents have an opportunity to take a concentrated board review elective during their third year to further enhance their preparation.
Educational technology is a cornerstone at our state-of-the-art hospital. We also offer robust library services, which include an on-site medical librarian at NCH and access to the University of Central Florida College of Medicine library system. Resources include:
- Ovid MEDLINE®
- Harriet Lane Handbook
- Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics
- Red Book Online®
- Access to evidence-based care pathways and other resources