A major component of the training in primary care is the time the residents spend at the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Care Center. The center focuses on recognition of the child as a whole, as well as the illness with which he or she presents. During their rotations in the ambulatory clinic setting, residents will gain experience providing well-child primary care, as well as treating walk-in patients with acute illness. Additionally, the Ambulatory rotation also includes community outreach activities such as school health activities, health fairs, and advocacy events.
The Continuity Clinic experience is the cornerstone of our primary care educational experience, offering residents the opportunity to develop an understanding of and appreciation for the longitudinal care in general pediatrics. This experience is designed to provide exposure to the spectrum of normal development at all age levels, the principles of primary care pediatrics in the setting of a medical home, the promotion of prevention and anticipatory guidance, and the management and care coordination of children with special health care needs and chronic conditions.
Residents are scheduled for one half-day per week of continuity clinic throughout all three years of their residency training. Approximately two-thirds of the residents are assigned to the hospital-based Pediatric Care Center for their continuity experience. The remaining residents are precepted by community-based pediatricians.