Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center Pediatric Electives Goals and Objectives The goal of the elective rotation curriculum is to expose residents to the “specialized knowledge and methods of the major pediatric subspecialties”, as required by the Pediatric RRC . Residents are required seven-month personalized elective experiences. The seven months are divided among the PL-2 an PL-3 year. A minimum of 4 months of elective experiences are taken at the primary institution (Neurology, Infectious Diseases, Endocrinology and Pulmonary) from the core pediatric subspecialties. Additionally, residents may create specialized electives, or take pediatric electives based in other departments. Each elective rotation will stress the content specific learning goals relevant to the particular area of pediatric medicine. However, teaching and learning objectives will be framed in the context of developing the resident’s abilities in the following six core competencies: I. II. III. IV. V. VI. Patient Care Medical Knowledge Practice-Based Learning and Improvement Interpersonal and Communication Skills Professionalism Systems-Based Practice I. Patient Care Residents will provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health. Within the context of the subspecialty, the resident will interact with patients and families, taking histories and performing physicals, as well as working with attendings to communicate diagnostic plans. During certain electives, the resident may have the opportunity to perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures under the guidance of faculty, with a focus on those appropriate for a general pediatrician. All procedures will be documented in the resident’s personal logbook. The majority of experience in the subspecialty rotations will be in the outpatient setting. II. Medical Knowledge III. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement IV. Residents must be able to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices. The resident will utilize a broad range of published medical information available through web-based resources, as well as print journals and textbooks from the hospital library. Some rotations may offer the opportunity to implement practice-based improvement projects for the resident. During the elective, the resident is expected to work with, and facilitate the learning of, students, other house officers and other health care professionals. Interpersonal and Communication Skills V. Residents must demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and socialbehavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care. Each elective will stress a different area of medical knowledge and content-specific learning objectives (see links in column on left). The resident will complete reading assignments and attend subspecialty conferences focusing on the subspecialty area of the elective. Common medical problems and diagnoses expected to be encountered during the various rotations are available. Residents must be able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their patients families, and professional associates. The resident is expected to maintain effective lines of communication between patients, families and other health care providers throughout the elective time. In many cases, the resident may be involved with communication, by phone or letter, with the primary care provider for the patient. Professionalism Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population. Residents will interact with ethnically and socio-economically varied patient populations with diverse cultural backgrounds and beliefs during the elective rotations. VI. Maintenance of patient confidentiality will be of highest priority. Systems Based-Practice Residents must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value. Within the context of the electives, residents are expected to provide high quality, but cost-effective health care. While working with a subspecialty team, residents will often be involved with coordination of care among services and with the primary care physician.