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General Information

How many residents do you accept?

There are 4 positions available for each intern class.

Is there a Med-Peds Chief Resident?

Yes. There is a dedicated 5th year med-peds chief resident, whose core responsibilities focus on med-peds clinical teaching in the inpatient and outpatient settings, med-peds conference planning, categorical conference teaching, committee involvement and administrative oversight of the med-peds program. The med-peds chief resident works alongside the categorical chief residents at both HUP and CHOP, ensuring smooth operations for our residents as they rotate among the various hospitals.

Where do Med-Peds residents work?

Our residents rotate at three sites: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (Presby)

CHOP: CHOP is a 500 bed, tertiary referral center located in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia. It is the oldest children’s hospital in the United States. It serves the children of Philadelphia and also acts as a referral center for children requiring sub-specialty care from the region and around the world. CHOP has been ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top children’s hospitals in the United States for the last 15 years.

HUP: HUP is an 800 bed, tertiary referral center located next door to CHOP in University City. HUP is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the country by US News & World Report.

Presby: Presby is a nearly 400 bed hospital located in West Philadelphia. Med-peds residents rotate at Presby on the acute care for the elderly service as well as general medicine

Where do Med-Peds residents have continuity clinic?

Our residents have an Internal Medicine Clinic at the Edward S. Cooper general internal medicine practice. Pediatrics clinics are held at the Cobbs Creek Pediatric Care Center. These clinics have a long-standing tradition of providing primary care to the West Philadelphia community.

The resident clinic experience is aimed at promoting increasing autonomy in caring for clinic patients Residents are the true primary care provider for their patients.

Participating in these continuity clinics allows us to ensure a 50-50 split of pediatrics and internal medicine patients and to take advantage of learning from our categorical colleagues and preceptors as well as fellow med-peds residents and preceptors.

We integrate Med-Peds Primary Care blocks and electives into our curriculum to allow residents periods with more frequent clinics and ambulatory education.

How often do residents rotate between medicine and pediatrics?

For the most part, interns and residents rotate between medicine and pediatrics rotations every three months.

For interns, we do an early switch in July or August in order to familiarize each intern to both medicine and pediatrics early in the academic year.

In the final two years of residency it is possible to be more flexible in order to accommodate specific electives, career interests, global health rotations or personal requests.

Will I be on service with other med-peds residents?

Yes. At any given time, approximately half of our med-peds residents are on internal medicine rotations and half are on pediatrics. We strive to pair-up med-peds interns with upper year med-peds residents whenever possible. 

Is there a formal mentoring program?

Yes. Each resident is assigned to a mentor family that is comprised of a  faculty mentor and a resident in each year of med-peds training. Each faculty mentor is med-peds trained and meets with their residents in their mentor family as a group and individually throughout the year. Faculty mentors provide career planning advice and help residents find other career specific mentors at HUP or CHOP as needed. Within each mentoring family, 4th years serve as advisors to interns and 3rd years serve as advisors to 2nd years to provide rotation specific tips and advice on transitioning between roles and hospitals.. At all levels we provide psychosocial support and wellness.

 

Are there med-peds trained faculty?

Yes. There are many med-peds trained faculty members at both HUP and CHOP, and the med-peds community is growing all the time! While there are too many to list here, the program keeps a running list of med-peds trained faculty that we share with residents. Med-Peds residents often appreciate their insight as additional mentors, career counselors or supervisors on research projects.

What is your curriculum?

Each year we re-evaluate and update our rotation-based curriculum to provide our residents with the very best experiences available to residents at Penn and CHOP.

In addition to the rotation-based curriculum above, we have med-peds curricula that were created to supplement the learning that is offered at both Penn and CHOP. These include:

Med-Peds Primary Care Core Curriculum: This curriculum spans the four years of med-peds residency and is presented during an academic half day once weekly when residents are on med-peds primary care (MPPC) rotations. This is protected teaching time that allows residents to participate in didactic sessions focused on foundational internal medicine and pediatrics primary care topics.

Med-Peds Noon Conference: This weekly noon conference is for med-peds residents and includes a variety of interactive learning opportunities including case reports, journal clubs, didactic lectures and a resident wellness series. It is protected time for our residents to learn from faculty experts as well as each other and a great venue for both residents and core med-peds faculty to convene weekly.

Both the internal medicine and pediatrics programs also have multiple curricula that our residents participate in including ultrasound, evidence based medicine, medical education and QI. Both of our clinic sites also have their own dedicated outpatient curriculum that our residents participate in.

Is there a med-peds specific conference series?

Yes. We have a weekly noon conference for Med-Peds residents that includes a variety of interactive learning opportunities including case reports, journal clubs, didactic lectures and a resident wellness series. It is protected time for our residents to learn from faculty experts as well as each other and a great venue for both residents and core Med-Peds faculty to convene weekly. 

Is there flexibility in the schedule?

Yes. Elective time is built into the schedule to allow residents opportunities to explore career interests, perform research, participate in subspecialty clinics, and pursue global health electives.

Will I be able to do research?

Yes.  Every resident gets exposure to advocacy work and quality improvement through our curriculum. Additional research opportunities are available and supported by the program in basic science, clinical research, health policy, health services, advocacy and global health. Many residents collaborate on research projects with scholars throughout the University of Pennsylvania.

Are there opportunities for international health experiences?

Yes. Med-Peds interns are invited to apply for the highly-rated Global Health Equities Track. Med-Peds residents who participate in the Track have the opportunity for fully-funded travel for global health electives yearly during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year. The Penn-CHOP partner sites for the Global Health Equities Track are located in Botswana and the Dominican Republic. For residents who are not in the Track, opportunities are still available for international rotations during 3rd or 4th year.

What else is unique about the Penn-CHOP resident experience?

Penn and CHOP are constantly looking for innovative ways to improve the education of their residents.

There are several advanced skills that med-peds residents can acquire during their residency. Med-peds residents are invited to apply to the internal medicine Global Health Equities, Medical Education, Quality Improvement, Health Policy Tracks and the Clinical Investigator's Toolbox for additional research training. Med-peds residents are also invited to apply to and participate in the pediatric advanced skills programs in bioethics, medical education, integrative medicine, health policy, clinical informatics, behavioral & mental health, business of medicine and practice management, or quality improvement. There are also several unique opportunities for med-peds residents to get involved in projects and training regarding transitions from pediatric to adult care for patients with pediatric onset chronic illness including a consult service and quality improvement initiative on transitions at CHOP.

What are the best parts of your program?

The best parts of our program are our colleagues (both med-peds and categorical), and our phenomenal faculty mentors and teachers. They are some of the most supportive, brilliant, fun, and kind physicians in the country. We also feel lucky to have access to all of the resources afforded by the large CHOP and Penn categorical programs, while still being able to maintain a close-knit bond that the smaller med-peds program provides.

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