Global Health Opportunities
Our program recognizes the role physicians play in supporting the health needs of children around the world. Cleveland Clinic sponsors an annual elective to Peru where medical students and residents from multiple specialties, including pediatrics, provide healthcare and education to members of the community. Dr. Sangeeta Krishna, a pediatric hospitalist, serves as rotation director. In addition, trainees may arrange electives to other areas of the world. In recent years, our residents have participated in electives to Haiti, Africa, and Thailand to name a few!
Residents need to develop competency in teaching prior to graduation from the pediatric residency program. All residents play an important role during residency in teaching fellow interns and residents as well as students. Definitions of teaching also extend to effective communication with patients and families. Additionally, many will pursue fellowship or other academic positions after residency that will require strong teaching skills. This rotation is intended to allow residents to strengthen their teaching skills by improving their fund of knowledge regarding effective techniques while having the opportunity to practice their teaching and receive useful feedback.
Residents have the opportunity to rotate in our free-standing Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation. This facility is also home to our Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, the Judith M. Pediatric Dialysis Unit and Community-Based Services for Children with Special Needs. The rotation will include inpatient service time with our inpatient rehabilitation patients and chronic pain patients, along with outpatient work with the same patient population. There is also opportunity for additional experiences with children with nutritional needs and feeding disorders and time with our pediatric physiatry clinics.
All pediatric residents participate in our Annual Pediatric Research Day. To prepare, residents may take one or more rotations to develop, implement, and evaluate a project. Projects may include research, quality improvement, or community based advocacy projects.
Quality Improvement Project
The current healthcare environment requires that physicians regularly review their practices and make incremental changes that improve the delivery of patient care. In addition, pediatricians are required by the American Board of Pediatrics to complete practice based quality improvement initiatives to maintain their certification. Our residency program prepares you for this piece of your career. Residents complete a mentored quality improvement project and present to their resident peers. Residents may also further develop their project and present at our Annual Pediatric Research Day.
Patient Safety Project
Physicians must make sure that the care they provide patients is provided in a safe, effective manner. Safety is a key priority of our institution. Pediatric residents work with members of the Cleveland Clinic Quality and Patient Safety Institute to identify areas where we can improve the care we provide our patients. Residents present their findings as part of our monthly Morbidity and Mortality conference at Pediatric Grand Rounds.
The relative infrequency of pediatric emergencies means that residents may have very limited exposure to urgent situations requiring rapid assessment and stabilization. Simulation gives residents the opportunity to experience these events in a safe environment, and to practice skills critical to any career path in pediatrics. Through scheduled sessions in the simulation lab, intern procedure lab, and mock codes, all residents will get at least three exposures to simulated emergencies each year during their training.