Pediatric Residency Program

  • Individualized Residency Pathways

    In addition to the categorical pediatric training experience, Cincinnati Children’s offers six pathways of focus. These pathways reflect the areas of concentration that form the focus of residents’ careers.

    Each pathway has its own points of emphasis. Residents learn the finer points of their chosen path’s specialties and engage in hands-on experiences that thoroughly prepare them for tasks and situations they will encounter in their careers.

    Residents interested in applying for the Research in Residency program are also eligible to participate in any of the six pathways of focus.

    Below you will find descriptions of the pathways. Explore them and learn which one is the best fit for your career goals:

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    Primary Care Pathway

    The Pediatric Primary Care Pathway trains physicians in the principles, knowledge, and skills necessary for careers in primary care pediatrics, academic general pediatrics, or advocacy.

    The Pathway Emphasizes:

      • Health maintenance supervision, preventive medicine, and ill-child care in the context of pediatric primary care
      • Comprehensive, coordinated care of chronically ill and multiply handicapped children
      • Management of social issues such as poverty, ethnic diversity, and medically underserved populations
      • Behavioral and developmental issues such as school-related problems and family interactions
      • Additional outpatient experience at the resident’s continuity site
      • Additional normal newborn experience
      • Emphasis on behavioral and developmental pediatrics, community-based healthcare agencies and activities, child advocacy, and child abuse

    During all three years of the program, residents in this pathway will be able to spend a significant amount of time in community and hospital-based healthcare sites and attend regularly held roundtables and noon conferences that focus on the delivery of primary care and primary care-related topics.

    Research Pathway

    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is strongly committed to the career development of our trainees. We’ve been very successful in helping young physicians become productive and independently contributing investigators. Explore opportunities with us for pediatric research.

    Outstanding Support Capabilities

    Our investigators are experts in the areas of clinical, translational, and basic science research. Underlying basic science themes include developmental biology, the study of normal and altered growth, and differentiation of tissues.

    The Research Foundation has put core support capabilities in place for both basic and clinical research that will allow young investigators to successfully engage in projects, with or without extensive research experience. These core capabilities include:

      • Transgenic mouse facility
      • Protein analysis
      • Morphologic assessment
      • Bioinformatics
      • Genomics
      • Proteomics
      • State-of-the-art animal facility
      • Imaging research facility
      • Biostatistics section
      • Clinical effectiveness research capability
      • Epidemiologic expertise
      • An NIH-funded Clinical Research Center
      • An academic research organization that facilitates pharmacologic clinical trials and other studies involving human subjects

    Research Opportunities

    If you’re interested in an academic career and research experience, you will be paired with a faculty mentor and will be encouraged to develop an individualized curriculum. This will allow you to become an excellent clinician and maintain your research skills.

    In addition, funding is available for research projects. Small start-up grants are awarded to residents with approved research projects. Residents are encouraged to present completed research projects at the annual Pratt Lectures and at regional and national scientific meetings. Each year, a former Cincinnati Children’s trainee is invited to be the Pratt Lecture’s keynote speaker, followed by current residents presenting abstracts of their clinical or laboratory research.

    The MSTP program through the University of Cincinnati (UC) medical school also offers several activities open to residents to continue their development as a physician scientist.  To learn more about our MTSP program and available activities at UC, please visit the following website: http://www.med.uc.edu/mstp/ProgEvents.cfm

    ABP-APPROVED PATHWAYS

    Through the American Board of Pediatrics, we also offer 2 intensive research pathways: The Integrated Research Pathway and the Accelerated Research Pathway.  For more information please see the following information from the American Board of Pediatrics: https://www.abp.org/abpwebsite/publicat/trainingrequirements.pdf

    Global Health Pathway

    The world is a smaller place in the 21st century, and medical students across the United States have traveled and experienced more of our world, including the developing world, than most other generations. These future physicians have been moved by tragedies and inequities and want to make a difference. Cincinnati Children’s has an opportunity to lead this group of future leaders and prepare them to effect change for all children, especially the under-served children in our nation and throughout the world.

    The Global Child Health Educational Program is designed to empower our residents to make a difference for all children, especially the poor and underserved. The program offers a structured international experience for all residents as well as a Global Child Health Pathway for residents who are passionate about global health.

    The Global Child Health Resident Experience

    Our residents work in clinics and hospitals across the globe, most notably in Africa, Asia, and South/Central America. We have established educational and research relationships at many sites and have made it a priority to promote the exchange of ideas between participating institutions. Every resident at Cincinnati Children’s has the opportunity to be immersed in a one-month global health experience, during which the Global Child Health Program provides support with:

      • Partnership with a number of global health sites
      • Faculty and administrative support
      • Financial support

    This opportunity will help residents better understand and contribute to the reversal of health inequities in our country and abroad. Residents intending to conduct overseas work need to submit an application listing the site as well as goals, objectives, and projected costs prior to being approved for additional funding beyond the standard book / conference fund.

    Global health Pathway

    The Global Child Health Residency Pathway is designed to engage and inspire residents to seek post-residency opportunities and training in the field of global health. As a participant in the Global Health Pathway, your residency will be tailored to provide ample opportunities to go abroad while equipping you with the skills to design, create, build, and sustain viable international programs while becoming leaders in the field of global health medicine.

    Our program is fully integrated into the categorical pediatric residency program. As a Global Health Pathway resident, you will complete your pediatric residency in the standard three years, (and meet all of the existing ABP and ACGME requirements) but will participate in at least two global health rotations. You will also take part in the Global Child Health curriculum, journal clubs, and complete a global health project.

    Our global health program has six target sites in the United States and abroad where our faculty, fellows, and residents pursue planned or ongoing projects. As a Global Health Pathway resident, you are permitted to participate in other international opportunities beyond our six target sites that fit your personal interest and career goals.

    Target Sites:

      • Kamuzu Central Hospital, Malawi, Africa
      • Indian Health Service – Navajo Reservation, Gallup, NM
      • Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
      • University Pediatric Hospital, San Juan, Puerto Rico
      • Hospital Infantil Robert Reid Cabral, Dominican Republic, with supervisión by a former CCHMC graduate
      • Unity Health System, Washington, D.C.

    Curriculum

    Learn more about the curriculum for the Global Child Health Program.
    Download a three-year breakdown of the Global Health Track.

    Acute Care Pathway

    This pathway was created for residents interested in a career in critical care (PICU, NICU) or emergency medicine. Faculty from these subspecialties have developed a menu of potential rotation experiences that may be beneficial to residents interested in this career pathway. The six individualized units will be chosen based on the resident’s interests as well as input from faculty advisors, mentors and residency leadership. These experiences may be used to expose the resident to different areas of critical care with an additional emphasis on procedures.

    Subspecialty Pathway

    This pathway was created for residents interested in subspecialty fellowships, not including the acute care fellowships. Faculty from multiple clinical and research divisions have developed a menu of potential rotation experiences that may be beneficial to residents interested in this career pathway and the subspecialties that it includes. The six individualized units will be chosen based on the specific sub-specialty interests of the resident as well as input from faculty advisors, mentors, and residency leadership. These experiences will expose the resident to a variety of aspects of pediatrics important to each field. Examples include: pulmonology, nephrology, hematology-oncology, cardiology, infectious disease, or endocrinology among others.

    Hospitalist Pathway

    This pathway was created for residents interested in a career in hospital medicine. Faculty from our Hospital Medicine division have developed a menu of potential rotation experiences that may be beneficial to residents interested in this career pathway. The six individualized units will be chosen based on the interests of the resident as well as input from faculty advisors, mentors, and residency leadership. These experiences will expose the resident to a variety of aspects of general pediatrics that are important for inpatient medicine.