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The Advocate Christ Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program is dedicated to preparing physicians for a career in pediatrics, whether as a subspecialist or generalist. During the three-year program, residents are exposed to a rich variety of pediatric experiences at Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn from the diagnostic dilemmas and management challenges of primary care to highly sophisticated and unusual examples of tertiary care. Over the past 10 years, our graduates have obtained a wide variety of fellowships, at excellent programs including the University of Pennsylvania (CHOP), Baylor, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, UC-San Diego, Mayo Clinic, Ohio State, University of Pittsburgh, Children's Memorial, Emory University, University of Michigan, and Medical College of Wisconsin.

Program Specifics

Residents who train at Christ Medical Center diagnose and manage a range of acute and chronic pediatric diseases of all levels of severity. The residents develop competency in managing "bread and butter" cases, as well as unusually and critically ill patients on the inpatient services and critical units, and in the acute care clinic and the pediatric emergency center.

Ambulatory settings are used extensively for the education of the residents, in general and subspecialty pediatrics. In addition to acute care, continuity clinics and office-based activities, outpatient experiences are formally required in:

  • Adolescent medicine
  • Asthma
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cleft palate clinic
  • DiGeorge clinic
  • Development and behavior
  • Down Syndrome
  • Endocrinology
  • Feeding and swallowing
  • Limb anomalies
  • Normal newborn clinic
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sports medicine
  • Urology
  • Weight Control

In addition, all of the medical subspecialty electives require that a significant portion of each rotation is spent in the outpatient setting.

Each intern has a continuity clinic in the outpatient setting with access to a social worker, dietician, and Healthy Steps specialist. Since November 2000, our residency has been a pilot program for the national Healthy Steps initiative. This is a clinical and educational program that emphasizes the promotion of health and optimal development in young children. Under the supervision of a trained Healthy Steps specialist, the residents longitudinally participate in normal newborn clinic, home visits, enhanced well-child clinic visits and parent groups.

The basic in house schedule is as follows:

Daily Schedule

M,T,W,F (Thursday w/ 10 a.m.-1 p.m. lecture block)

Signout and Morning Report for both day and night teams

6:30 to 8:00 a.m.

Work/Family Centered Rounds

8:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Attending Rounds

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Lecture Block Thursday

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sign-out for Continuity of Care Clinics (one half-day per week)

1:00 p.m.

Sign-out for residents on Long Days/Arrival of Night Shift Team

6:00 p.m.

Night Shift Team Teaching Sessions led by faculty

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

Rotation Schedule
Block PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3 
1 NICU NICU (4 overnight calls) NICU (4 overnight calls) 
2 Pediatric Ward (4) Pediatric Ward Senior Pediatric Ward Senior
3 ER ER 
4 Well Baby CAR
5 Adolescent Academic
6 Well Baby PICU PICU
7 Ambulatory Ambulatory Ambulatory
8 Devolpment Electives (4)
9 Electives (2) Electives (3)
10
11 Night Float (2)
12 PICU Night Float Floor Senior Night Float
13 Vacation Vacation Vacation

  • We have developed a hospitalist program to help provide direct hands-on education and clinical support to the residents. We have full-time, 24/7 coverage. The work of the hospitalists is integrated completely into the residency program.
  • We have two, full-time fourth year Pediatric Chief Residents.

  


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