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St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Philadelphia, PA

Beach Run

Shareen Kelly, MD

Program Director

Mildred Figueroa

Program Coordinator

  • Free-standing children's hospital; 188 beds

  • Highest trauma and NICU designations

  • Dedicated pediatric burn center

  • Busy Emergency Room: 70K visits/year

  • Outpatient practice covers 21K children

  • 170 faculty (full array of pediatric specialties and pediatric surgical subspecialties)

  • 24 categorical residents per year, 2 Child Neuro prelims in the PL1 and PL2 years

  • fellowships at our hospital: NICU, ED, Critical Care, Endocrine, Pulmonary, Infectious Diseases

  • Excellent mentorship to acquire fellowships at top tier institutions across the country

  • 3 pathways (primary care, inpatient, consultative) are offered and guide the individualized curricular elements of the PL2 and PL3 years

  • A robust professional development curriculum is woven through the 3 years to provided mentorship for career choice and development of leadership skills

  • Wellness program includes small group meetings, outside resources in the form of didactic sessions, access to support personnel outside the program

  • Philadelphia PA--Great restaurant and music scene; lots of outdoor activities (city and state parks are great for running, biking, camping, hiking, etc.), world renowned museums, historic sites, professional and college sports

  • Thirteen 4-week blocks each year, traditional schedules

  • daily 30-minute morning conferences dedicated to teaching ABP board specifications

  • hybrid of noon conferences and academic half-days for interactive learning, workshops, etc.

  • PREP curriculum purchased for each resident as well as board review sessions throughout the year and coaching for at-risk learners

  • Required educational presentations on many electives as well as in continuity clinic

  • Senior conference presentation in PL3 year

  • Mentorship in research and scholarship (individualized)

  • Full 4-week rotation in community advocacy

  • Full 4-week rotation in teaching techniques and skills; observed interactions and feedback

  • Active DEI task forces in affiliated medical school (Drexel) and Tower Health as well as at our local hospital; trainees are encouraged to join committees and activities

  • Curriculum in cultural efficacy is threaded throughout the 3 years

  • MORE (Minority Outreach Retainment and Education) committee-faculty and current residents mentor and recruit URM trainees

  • Very robust attention to and provision of care in the language most familiar to each patient (through translation services, in person translators, etc.)

  • Parent advisory board: patient family members serve to advise the hospital on community engagement and overall goals for hospital

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