Every intern joins a Primary Care Center team to develop a strong foundation in primary care pediatrics. The teams function as group practices, with residents following and caring for a panel of patients during their three years of training.
Primary care clinic experience
Residents will spend a half day every week in their assigned primary care location in the CHOP Care Network, for a minimum of 36 sessions each year. Three community sites provide comprehensive care for children in the Hospital community.
Primarily focusing on well-child care, the resident provides care for periodic check-ups, sick visits, and follow-up care including chronic care. Each office has a social worker, nursing staff, phlebotomist and clerical staff to assist in patient care.
Primary care workshop
Several times each year, interns attend 4-hour workshops on a primary care topic. This provides a venue for deeper learning about specific topics and hands-on experiences in areas such as asthma, parenting, baby basics and immunizations. Senior residents meet several times each year with one of their primary care attendings as a small group to participate in case-based learning prior to the start of clinic. This allows for in depth discussion of a primary care case.
Primary care lectures series
Faculty or PL3s hold a primary care lecture session each week for interns and medical students. This provides a didactic learning environment for the interns while also providing an opportunity for teaching for our senior residents.