Ambulatory care is a key component of the curriculum. Over 40-50% of the 3 year residency experience is in an ambulatory setting including continuity clinic, urgent visit centers, ED, specialty clinics, behavioral pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and the Dyson community rotations.
All residents receive training in the management of developmental and behavioral problems of children. PGY1 residents spend an outpatient month becoming familiar with developmental milestones and assessment and learning about community resources for both normal and developmentally delayed children. An inpatient month during the PGY1 year includes work as part of a multidisciplinary team caring for children with a variety of developmental disorders. Further education is achieved in the PGY2/3 years during a behavioral pediatrics rotation, involving clinics for children with school problems, developmental disabilities and behavior disorders. In the PGY3 year, residents gain experience in school health and community pediatrics. Community pediatrics deals with the role of pediatrician as a community leader, with community agencies, in public health and as an advocate for children.