Overview:

The mission of the Community Pediatrics and Advocacy Track at CHUI is to train pediatric residents to develop community partnerships and advocate for and impact children’s health at the local, state and national levels.

By gaining the tools needed to assess and evaluate their community, residents will develop a greater understanding of their community’s assets and needs. They will partner with community organizations to improve the lives of children through the implementation of projects designed specifically to meet the needs of their community. They will learn the importance of sustainability in community work and develop plans to sustain their efforts after the completion of their residency. Residents also are trained in policy brief creation culminating in a presentation on a relevant pediatric medical topic affecting legislation to an Illinois legislator.

Highlights of the Program:

  • 2 year program (PGY 2-3)
  • Partner with community agencies in collaborative work
  • Expand leadership skills
  • Develop grant writing skills
  • Meet with Advocacy Track participants/mentors for project development
  • Attend Annual Lobby Day in Springfield in conjunction with ICAAP
  • Learn skills to create Legislative Policy Brief
  • Attend community networking events

Calendar

Year 1

  • Complete IRB Training through UIC
  • Identify mentor for advocacy project
  • 2 week block in fall to begin project development and grant application
  • 2 week block in spring for project development and implementation
  • Longitudinal advocacy experience (18 ½ days during non-inpatient months)
  • Case-based advocacy presentations during Adolescent and Development rotations
  • Legislative Policy Brief Presentation
  • Submit project proposal
  • Apply for project grant

Year 2

  • Implement and evaluate advocacy project
  • 2 week block in fall to begin project development and grant application
  • 2 week block in spring for project development and implementation
  • Longitudinal advocacy experience (18 ½ days during non-inpatient months)
  • Mentor community intern—work together on an activity or teaching session
  • Present at Grand Rounds
  • Legislative Policy Brief Presentation
  • Submit an abstract or manuscript based on your work

Goals of Pathway

To provide individualized educational opportunities for residents interested in a career in pediatric hospital medicine. The PHM track may also benefit those residents interested in PICU, emergency medicine and procedure-oriented subspecialties

Eligibility

  • Selection Requirements: C.V. and one page essay on why you are interested in your post-residency specialty choice (PHM, cardiology, PICU, etc.)
  • Apply spring of PGY2 year

Track Details:

Required Inpatient/ICU Experiences

Electives (5):

  • Research (required)
  • Hospital Medicine Subspecialty Rotation (required)
  • Anesthesiology/Sedation
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Simulation
  • NICU
  • Ped Subspecialty: ID, pulmonology, cardiology, neurology
  • Advocate Children’s PICU rotation (required)

Required Scholarly Activities:

  • Present at UIC PHM Journal Club (2 times per year)
  • Attend the monthly UIC PHM Journal club when available (not required)
  • Join the AAP SOHM Listserve
  • Attend one Pediatric Hospital Medicine Annual Conference
  • Scholarly Project
    • Longitudinal project
    • Submit an abstract to regional/ national conference
  • Meet quarterly with track director and participants

Goals of Pathway

To provide focused, individualized education in the area of clinical, basic or translational research within broader pediatrics clinical training and establish longitudinal research experience during residency.

Eligibility

  • Selection Requirements: C.V. and one page essay on why you are interested in a research career
  • Apply fall of PGY2 year

Research Track Requirements

  • Select a research mentor
  • One half-day during elective rotations may be protected for pursuit of longitudinal research project
  • 2-3 dedicated research elective rotations can be scheduled
  • Meet with research mentor on a monthly or bimonthly basis

Required Scholarly Activities

  • One longitudinal research project of their choice to be performed over 3 year period
    • Design and conduct a hypothesis-driven project within any area of pediatrics
  • Submission of one small grant proposal (AAP Resident Research, APA Resident Research Award, CCTS Pilot Grant, etc)
  • Attend regularly scheduled Research In Progress meetings and present project at least once at the meeting (monthly discussion of on-going research within the Department of Pediatrics
  • Participate in pediatric research based educational lecture series