Our program’s mission is to provide a supportive and educationally rich environment in which our residents can acquire the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills to develop into outstanding pediatricians equipped to enter primary care or fellowships in pediatric sub-specialties. The unique complement of our training sites immerse our trainees in state-of-the art clinical care, scholarly opportunities in research and quality improvement, and community partnerships with the goal to improve the health and well-being of children of diverse backgrounds.
- Prepare our resident physicians for careers as lifelong self-learners who are comfortable with evidence-based clinical care.
- Develop physicians who are capable of being future leaders in academic pediatrics through exposure and training in research, quality improvement, and education.
- Foster a learning environment where patient safety is paramount and practice-based performance/improvement is valued.
- Recruit and engage a diverse group of residents who represent the population we serve and to foster an environment of inclusion.
- Recognize the pediatrician's role as advocate for individual patients, for the communities which we serve, and for pediatric populations at the legislative level.
- Equip residents with the skills to engage in their chosen profession over a lifetime, with a commitment to self-care and attention to building resiliency.
The Resident Group Practice: Continuity of Care
All house officers spend approximatelyone half day per week participating in the Resident Group Practice where they follow a cohort of patients longitudinally through all aspects of sick and well patient care. In addition, residents spend block time in each year at their continuity site. There are three sites for continuity clinic; the main site is adjacent to the Hospital in the Helmsley Medical Tower, and there are satellite practices at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens and the Long Island City Community Practice.
Every effort is made to ensure that patients see their own resident doctor at each visit, in order to forge strong physician-patient relationships. Residents in a group model see those same continuity patients for episodic illness and telephone triage. Residents often find their continuity clinic to be one of the most rewarding parts of their training.
The world's oldest and largest private cancer center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is a leader in patient care as well as innovative research. Pediatric residents at Weill Cornell have the opportunity to rotate through Memorial Sloan Kettering in both their intern and junior year on the oncology team. There is also an opportunity to do an elective in bone marrow transplant in junior or senior year.
The Hospital for Special Surgery is the top-ranked orthopedic hospital in the nation, as well as one of the top hospitals for rheumatology and neurology. It is a center of excellence in the care of children with orthopedic and rheumatologic disorders, providing care for patients with some of the most complex musculoskeletal disorders in the world. Pediatric residents rotate through the Hospital for Special Surgery in their second year of residency, providing them with the unique opportunity to attend not only the busy general orthopedic clinics, but specialty clinics including the sports medicine clinic, pediatric rheumatology clinic and skeletal dysplasia clinic.
Serving among the most culturally diverse populations in the United States, NYP/Queens is a 439-bed acute care hospital that annually admits approximately more than 34,000 patients, and more than 133,000 outpatient visits, and treated 80,000 people through the emergency department. Through their experiences at NYP/Queens, residents are provided with an opportunity to gain increasing autonomy in inpatient management and build collaborative relationships with community-based pediatricians throughout Queens.
The call schedule of the Pediatric Residency Program has been designed to comply with the New York State and ACGME restrictions on residents' working hours. The residency program supports the philosophy that cross coverage of inpatient units can be deleterious to patient care and resident education. For inpatient services, nights are covered for one week at a time via a night float system by two members of the team from that unit. Cross coverage is kept to a minimum with an emphasis on continuity of care. Thus, ambulatory selective and elective experiences can be carried out with no in-house call during the week, and occasional weekend calls.
In addition to weekly grand rounds and professors' rounds, there is a daily morning report and noon conference. Morning reports are attended by all residents on the pediatric inpatient service and those residents on ambulatory rotations as well as some of the faculty, including the program directors. It includes discussion of interesting cases in the inpatient and outpatient fields. Noon conference is a daily one-hour didactic teaching session given by attending physicians and is designed to provide a comprehensive pediatric curriculum for residents. In addition, there are resident-led lectures on general pediatrics topics given prior to each session of the Resident Group Practice Clinics. For interns, there are academic half-days in the beginning of the year to cover core topics such as oxygen delivery, fluid and electrolytes, and handoff. Last, as part of a major medical center that includes Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University and the Hospital for Special Surgery, there are numerous day and evening lecture opportunities covering a broad range of medical topics at which all residents are welcome.