IU School of Medicine believes that an important role for pediatricians is to improve the health of their patients by connecting patients and families to community resources and services. The school’s pediatric residency program trains physicians to actively advocate to address community concerns and improve systems of care. In 2002, the Pediatric Residency Program at IU School of Medicine was one of only 10 programs to be awarded the Anne E. Dyson Community Training Initiative grant to incorporate community-based medicine and advocacy training into its residency program curriculum.
The Community Pediatrics Training Initiative helps residents become leaders who address child health issues with a community perspective and advocate for positive, lasting change. As trusted voices in the public arena, pediatricians are in a unique position to do this. Based on input from the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), the Community Pediatrics Training Initiative program strives to equip all residency graduates with the skills necessary to engage in evidence-based community health activities and effective collaborations with community-based organizations to achieve optimal well-being for children.
Empowering Community Leaders
Community Pediatrics training at IU School of Medicine includes a core curriculum, community outreach, and service learning experiences that support resident competency development in these general domains: Advocacy, Culturally Effective Care, Medical Home, Collaboration, Health Literacy, Public Health, Community Resources, Inquiry and Application, Special Populations.
Depending on the specific residency program, Pediatrics Residents at IU School of Medicine complete one to two years of the Community Pediatrics rotation curriculum. During the rotation, residents regularly partner with multidisciplinary faculty, family representatives, and leaders of community based organizations (CBOs) to learn the skills needed to provide a Medical Home for families and how to advocate for patients, their families and their communities. Residents are introduced to the concepts of child rights, social justice, social determinants of health, health equity via lectures, and advocacy via readings, community partner site visits, service learning activities, reflective writing, and more. Residents also complete Continuous Quality Improvement activities.
Learning on this rotation occurs in a very different model than the typical inpatient/outpatient clinical rotation, as it’s designed with an exploratory adult-learning approach that requires residents to use advanced problem-solving techniques to address health issues and explore community expectations of physicians as partners and leaders. Other rotations include Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Rotation, Ambulatory Rotation and Continuity Clinic.