First-year interns spend several weeks in our clinic caring for a diverse patient population. Our goal is to provide the interns with a broad exposure to general pediatrics. They will work with multiple attending pediatricians to learn different approaches to managing common and uncommon pediatric conditions. In addition to learning from direct patient care, other educational components include daily small-group teaching seminars and weekly journal clubs with faculty. Each intern is expected to lead at least one of the journal clubs.
Second-year residents have a unique opportunity to develop their clinical acumen by serving as the daytime on-call physician for our practice. They will learn to effectively triage over the phone, a rarely-taught skill. By supervising junior trainees and overall clinic flow, this rotation allows second-year residents to learn practical strategies to optimize efficiency and time management in a busy pediatric practice. Residents are also expected to further develop their roles as clinician educators by teaching at least one morning didactic session during their rotation.
The goal of continuity clinic is to provide a longitudinal clinical mentor during one’s residency. Incoming interns can express a preference for the type of practice they want to join. The UCSD Academic General Pediatric Clinic is the largest site but other options include private practice, community health groups, and other local health care systems. In addition to direct patient care, there is a strong commitment to continued learning by both mentees and mentors through participation in a structured educational curriculum.