At CHOP we are dedicated to providing every resident with a strong foundation in Primary Care Pediatrics. Every intern joins a Primary Care Center team. The teams function as group practices where the residents follow a panel of patients and care for them during their three years of training.
Residents will spend a half day every week in their assigned Pediatric and Adolescent Care Centers, for a minimum of 36 sessions each year. Three community sites provide comprehensive care for children in the Hospital community. These Primary Care practices are staffed full time by faculty whose primary roles are both preceptor and long-term community practice pediatrician. While in the Pediatric and Adolescent Care Centers, residents are relieved of any other patient responsibilities on the floors or in the units. 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.
The Pediatric and Adolescent Care Center has proved a fertile ground for professional growth. In addition to forming ongoing relationships with patients and their families, residents forge professional and personal relationships with the faculty by working with the same supervisors and attending physicians each week.
CHOP residents are fortunate to have an additional block rotation in their Primary Care clinic each year. This has allowed for a richer continuity experience. In addition to the Primary Care clinic experience, there are a small number of outpatient clinic sessions arranged during these three rotations.
Several times each year, a four-hour education session is devoted to a workshop pertaining to a Primary Care topic. This provides a venue for deeper learning about specific topics and hands-on experiences in areas such as asthma, parenting, refugee health and common outpatient problems.
Primary Care has a noon lecture session each week for interns and medical students that pertain to specific Primary Care topics. This lecture series is led by either faculty or PL3s. This provides a didactic learning environment for the interns while also providing an opportunity for teaching for our senior residents.