Pediatrics Career Development Track (CADET)

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Pediatrics Career Development Track (CADET)

OVERVIEW
The Pediatrics Career Development Track (CADET) is a four-year longitudinal program for medical students at the University of Illinois-Chicago who are interested in a career involving children’s health. The program provides the students with a rich variety of curricular and extracurricular pediatric experiences as well as career guidance and mentoring.
During the first two years, the CADET program offers UIC students the opportunity to integrate curricular elements of the Essentials of Clinical Medicine (ECM) course so that they can have longitudinal exposure to faculty and residents in the Department of Pediatrics. During the last two years of the program, the students have priority placement in pediatric clinical experiences. The Pediatrics faculty is composed of generalists and subspecialists that are highly committed to the education of the students in the College of Medicine. Our outstanding educators teach at all levels of the medical school, including ECM courses, workshops, pediatric clinical rotations, and mentoring students in the CADET program.
The students in the CADET program also have the opportunity to engage in a number of extracurricular experiences that promote exposure to the large variety of pediatric-related careers, allow students to engage in research and advocacy, and provide career guidance to students at each stage of medical school. The Department of Pediatrics also sponsors social events to allow CADETs more time to interact with faculty and residents.
The UIC Pediatrics CADET program will begin in the 2013-2014 academic year with the enrollment of M1 and M2 students. Some CADET components will not be available during the 2013-2014 academic year.
The Pediatrics CADET program is directed by Sara Smith, MD and Daniel Choi, MD, MS. Please send questions to Dr. Daniel Choi (dkchoi@uic.edu).

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CADET Curriculum
Pediatrics Faculty Mentor: CADETs will be assigned to a pediatrics faculty mentor as part of the Introduction to Patient Care (IPC) component of the Essentials of Clinical Medicine (ECM) course. The faculty mentor will provide individual mentorship, career guidance, and early clinical experience (6 sessions over 1st year, 9 sessions over 2nd year). The mentoring relationship should continue for the duration of medical school.
ECM Children’s Health Working Group: ECM 1-2 and ECM 3-4 are courses designed to help students develop comfort and skill in interviewing patients, presenting and writing histories, physical exam, and explores some broader topics in medicine, ethics, and professionalism. Small group sessions are held throughout the year. The Children’s Health Working Group will experience a pediatric-oriented approach to these topics. There will be a separate Children’s Health Working Group for M1 and M2 students.
Clinical Shadowing Program: CADETs have the opportunity for informal shadowing in the clinic, inpatient wards, or intensive care units. This program will be coordinated through the CADET program and must be arranged during students’ free time.
Monthly Workshop Series: These workshops focus on different types of careers in pediatrics as well as clinical skills workshops.
Pediatric Scholars Program: CADETs will have the opportunity to participate in a research or advocacy project with a faculty mentor. Some CADET Scholars will receive support to present their project at a national meeting or conference if accepted.
Pediatrics Faculty Mentor: CADETs will be assigned to a pediatrics faculty mentor as part of the Introduction to Patient Care (IPC) component of the Essentials of Clinical Medicine (ECM) course. The faculty mentor will provide individual mentorship, career guidance, and early clinical experience (6 sessions over 1st year, 9 sessions over 2nd year). The mentoring relationship should continue for the duration of medical school.
ECM Children’s Health Working Group: ECM 1-2 and ECM 3-4 are courses designed to help students develop comfort and skill in interviewing patients, presenting and writing histories, physical exam, and explores some broader topics in medicine, ethics, and professionalism. Small group sessions are held throughout the year. The Children’s Health Working Group will experience a pediatric-oriented approach to these topics. There will be a separate Children’s Health Working Group for M1 and M2 students.
M2 IPC Tracks:
               –Longitudinal Primary Care (LPC) Track: students spend 9 sessions with their faculty mentor.
-Individual Experience Track (IET): students choose one of the limited options to spend 9 sessions with a faculty member with an interest in a particular issue in medicine.   Current CADET options include:
Ethical Issues Associated with Childhood Cancer
Pediatrics and Advocacy
Caring for Hospitalized Children
Current Issues in Neonatology
Visual Aspects of Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatrics and Palliative Care
Adolescent Sickle Cell
Ultimate EBM – the Evidence-Based Medicine Pediatric Clerkship Acer Program
Physiological Adaptations in Critically Ill Children
End-of-Life Decisions in the Pediatric ICU
 
Clinical Shadowing Program: CADETs have the opportunity for informal shadowing in the clinic, inpatient wards, or intensive care units. This program will be coordinated through the CADET program and must be arranged during students’ free time.
Monthly Workshop Series: These workshops focus on different types of careers in pediatrics as well as clinical skills workshops.
Pediatric Scholars Program: CADETs will have the opportunity to participate in a research or advocacy project with a faculty mentor. Some CADET Scholars will receive support to present their project at a national meeting or conference if accepted.
Pediatrics Faculty Mentor: CADETs will be assigned to a pediatrics faculty mentor as part of the Introduction to Patient Care (IPC) component of the Essentials of Clinical Medicine (ECM) course. The mentoring relationship should continue for the duration of medical school. CADETs have the option to pursue an 18 session elective with their faculty mentor during the M3 year as part of the M3 IPC elective. Medical students that join the CADET program later in medical school can request a Pediatrics Faculty Mentor at any time.
Pediatrics Resident Mentor: CADETs are placed with a resident mentor representing the field in which they intend to apply (pediatrics, med-peds, etc).
Monthly Workshop Series: These workshops focus on different types of careers in pediatrics as well as clinical skills workshops.
Pediatric Scholars Program: CADETs will have the opportunity to participate in a research or advocacy project with a faculty mentor. Some CADET Scholars will receive support to present their project at a national meeting or conference if accepted.
Pediatrics Clerkship: CADETs have guaranteed placement at CHUI for the M3 clerkship.
Pediatric Attending Week: CADETs spend one week linked to a pediatric faculty member or private practice pediatrician to see what day to day life is like.
Pediatrics Faculty Mentor: CADETs will be assigned to a pediatrics faculty mentor as part of the Introduction to Patient Care (IPC) component of the Essentials of Clinical Medicine (ECM) course. The mentoring relationship should continue for the duration of medical school. Medical students that join the CADET program later in medical school can request a Pediatrics Faculty Mentor at any time.
Pediatrics Resident Mentor: CADETs are placed with a resident mentor representing the field in which they intend to apply (pediatrics, med-peds, etc).
Monthly Workshop Series: These workshops focus on different types of careers in pediatrics as well as clinical skills workshops.
Pediatric Scholars Program: CADETs will have the opportunity to participate in a research or advocacy project with a faculty mentor. Some CADET Scholars will receive support to present their project at a national meeting or conference if accepted.
Pediatrics Subinternship and Electives: CADETs have priority placement in the M4 subinternship and pediatric electives.
Career Guidance Program: Formal program to provide guidance for applying to residency, personal statement, CV, and the match.
Graduation: End of year event to celebrate the graduation of the M4 CADETs and provide tips on residency and beyond. This is attended by all CADETs.