Continuity Clinic FAQs

Continuity Clinic FAQs

What are the requirements from year to year?

Our program is structured to permit the physician to develop broad clinical expertise in general and primary care pediatrics as well as in-depth competence in the pediatric subspecialties. Visit the program schedule to see how residents progress through the program.

 

Does the program require research? What opportunities are there for research?

There is not a required research project, although the program does require meaningful participation a Scholarly Activity project. Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Medical Education, pediatric PGY-2 residents participate in a 1-day workshop titled Residents and Scholarly Activity each fall, which reviews the process of research design and the steps for project completion. Depending on individual career interests and goals, residents participate with a faculty mentor in a traditional biomedical research project, a case report, systematic review, quality improvement project, or curriculum development project with an assessment component. Residents whose abstracts are selected for poster or platform presentation at a regional or national meeting receive financial support for all meeting and travel-related costs.

Within the Department of Pediatrics, there are several research institutes that are available for facilitation of resident scholarly projects.

The Kosair Children’s Hospital Research Institute (KCHRI) focuses mostly on basic science and translational research and has many opportunities for residents.

The Kosair Charities Pediatric Clinical Research Unit (KCPCRU) is an NIH-funded research unit conducting clinical pharmacology research on children and adolescents.

The Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit conducts clinical research protocols at our primary care clinics, including vaccine studies and outpatient anti-infective studies.

The Child and Adolescent Research Design and Support (CARDS) Unit consists of a full time PhD biostatistician who is available to support projects in the Department of Pediatrics as well as several researchers with training in epidemiology who conduct research focusing on pediatric health outcomes, often using national databases.


Are there opportunities for international rotations/mission work?

Yes, residents are able to go global with their training here at the University of Louisville.  From incorporation of critical global health topics into core residency curriculum components such as  our didactic program and our board review programs to participation in a full Global Health Certificate (link to page) program, our global health experience continues to grow and evolve.

 

What different pediatric divisions are represented here?

Our pediatric divisions run the gamut – Adolescent Medicine; Allergy and Immunology; Cardiology; Child Development (a part of the Weisskopf Child Evaluation Center); Critical Care; Emergency Medicine; Endocrinology; Forensic Medicine; Gastroenterology; General Pediatrics, including our Healthy for Life and International Adoption clinics; Genetics (a part of the Weisskopf Child Evaluation Center); Hematology/Oncology, Blood, and Marrow Transplant; Infectious Diseases, International Pediatrics; General Inpatient Medicine (Hospitalist Program); Neonatal Medicine; Nephrology and Hypertension; Pediatric Sleep Medicine; Pathology; Pediatric Neurology (a division of the UofL Department of Neurology); Pharmacology and Toxicology; Pulmonary Medicine; and Rheumatology.

 

Is there a broad availability of pediatric surgery subspecialties?

Yes, we have a strong pediatric surgery program with an accredited pediatric surgery fellowship.  In addition, the following pediatric surgery subspecialties are well represented: pediatric and adolescent gynecology, pediatric orthopedics, pediatric neuro surgery, pediatric cardiovascular surgery, pediatric ENT (including airway management), pediatric urology, pediatric ophthalmology, and pediatric plastic surgery.

 

Do you have a pediatric dentistry program?

Yes, UofL's School of Dentistry has a robust pediatric dentistry program in which our dental students and pediatric dentists work closely with our general pediatric division to provide dental care to the children of Louisville and throughout the state of Kentucky. The School of Dentistry operates two pediatric clinics, one within the Children & Youth Project clinic and one at the recently opened Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre.

 

What kind of outpatient or primary care experiences do you get in the program?

At the beginning of training, first-year residents are assigned to one of our three primary continuity sites - Children and Youth Project (C&Y), UofL Pediatrics-Broadway and UofL Pediatrics-Stonestreet - for their continuity clinic. One to two half days each week, residents attend their assigned outpatient clinics.

In 2011, our clinics kept our residents and faculty quite busy as the following number of annual visits show:

  • UofL Pediatrics-C&Y: 17,165
  • UofL Pediatrics-Broadway: 16,952
  • UofL Pediatrics-Stonestreet: 19,501

During the second or third year of residency, residents have a total of two months of ambulatory care experience in our three designated clinic sites. Additionally, residents in the Primary Care pathway can rotate at a private practice within the community or at a rural practice during their second or third year. Residents could spend as many as four additional months in the outpatient setting depending on Individualized Curriculum pathway options.

Beyond these, residents will rotate through Adolescent Medicine and Child Development, which are both purely outpatient experiences, as well as Emergency Medicine, where residents will spend four months over the course of their three-year residency. In addition, each of our subspecialty rotations has an outpatient experience.

What are some opportunities that are unique to your program?

The list is long and growing. From unique electives and educational opportunities, to global health, child advocacy, and leadership opportunities, our program strives to stay creative and innovative in its curriculum. One goal of the program is to provide extra support to residents through program perks as well as extracurricular activities. Several of these opportunities were the result of resident feedback and suggestions.

What types of electives will be available to me during my residency at UofL?

We offer many unique electivesin our program, including (but not limited to) Center for Courageous Kids, international experience,  labor and delivery, transport, public health, medical Spanish, and child advocacy.

What is the Board passage rate? How does your program help prepare residents to take the Boards?

Our Board passage rate for the last three years for categorical residents is 84%.  By weaving Board-specific training into all aspects of our program, residents are able to build on the knowledge they gain throughout the program to continue UofL's achievement of a high board passage rate. Specifically, our noon conference curriculum is created directly from ACGME guidelines and ABP suggested materials. Additionally, we established the PREP Party and Board Review Series, which meet monthly, to focus on Board review questions. Finally, we provide each resident with a text book stipend at the beginning of their intern year, free MedStudy as an intern and 3rd year resident, free PediaLink access for PREP, The Curriculum access all three years, Laughing Your Way to The Boards as a second year, and a stipend to attend a Board review course after graduation.

 

Do you have an electronic medical record (EMR) system?

Kosair Children's Hospital (KCH) transitioned to EPIC EMR in March 2013. UofL Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics' outpatient facilities and clinics also utilize EMR.

I want to make sure there is a lot of activity during my residency. How busy are the hospitals and clinics where your residents train?

In 2012, Kosair Children's Hospital had approximately:

69,773 emergency department visits
10,492 annual admissions
1,705 PICU admissions
1,346 NICU admissions
and at the University of Louisville Hospital, we had approximately:
1,950 newborn admissions
500 NICU admissions

How many faculty members are on staff in the Department of Pediatrics?

University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics has 175 full-time faculty, 9 part-time faculty and nearly 200 gratis faculty.

How big is the pediatric residency program?

Our 2013/2014 house staff consists of 65 pediatric residents, 19 med-peds residents and 21 fellows.

My family is very important to me. Are you family-friendly?

Yes, because we understand how important it is to have family time. We are happy to work with you to be as flexible as possible in meeting your family's needs.