Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Longitudinal Community Pediatrics Training Initiative for Residents: Did It Work?

By: Lewis First, MD, MS
Photo by FamilyMRW via Flickr

In 1999, the Dyson Foundation of Millbrook New York launched an initiative for ten pediatric residency training programs to redesign their programs to provide an immersive experience in community pediatrics in partnership with community-based organizations. The goal of the Community Pediatrics Training Initiative (CPTI) was to train residents to continue to involve themselves and advocate for the improvement of community child health long after they had finished their residency using the principles and practices learned as part of the CPTI curriculum. So did it work?

Minkovitz et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-3357), who oversaw the CPTI evaluation team, share follow-up data from a cross-sectional survey analysis of residents in the CPTI five years after they completed their residency as compared to comparably-aged respondents who did not train in CPTI designated programs. The results show success: CPTI graduates continue to do more community involvement and demonstrate better community advocacy skills than those in the comparison group.

To get a better idea of what graduates are doing and lessons learned from this program, read the study that we are early–releasing this week. Don’t pass up a terrific commentary by Chamberlain and Kaczorowski (doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-1130) that sheds much light on how these same skills learned can be generalized to the next generation of pediatricians (as well as to those of us still trying to get it right for children)!

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