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Continuity Clinics

Our pediatric residents attend continuity clinics one half-day per week on all rotations, except for vacation, nights, and electives done out of town. Over the 3-year period, you will provide primary care for a panel of patients and their families. Because you remain at the same site for all three years, you will have the opportunity to develop a cohort of your own patients, who you can watch grow and develop throughout this time. You also will become an integral part of your continuity practice office. The continuity clinic curriculum integrates web-based educational modules with hands on experiences. With the numerous clinics and practice locations available to our residents in the metropolitan Washington area, there is opportunity to individualize clinic experiences based on residents’ choosing.

Categorical Track
Categorical Track residents (as well as our Pediatric Genetics and Pediatric Neurology residents) have the option of participating in continuity clinic at the Children's Health Center at Children's National Medical Center, where they work closely with academic general pediatric faculty in the model of primary care in a tertiary care setting. Each clinic session begins with didactic teaching, led by an attending or resident. Residents are given a high degree of autonomy, with preceptors easily accessible for guidance when needed. Currently 40 percent of the Categorical Track residents have their continuity clinics at off-campus sites. These include the five community clinics and the Mobile Health Program affiliated with Children's Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health, Children’s Pediatricians and Associates (CP&A) practices, numerous suburban and urban private pediatric offices, and clinics associated with local health maintenance organizations.

Community Health Track
Children's National Community Health Track residents attend continuity clinics in the community at sites affiliated with the Children's Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health in both Northwest and Southeast DC. Education in continuity clinic sessions is focused on a blend of primary care and community pediatrics. Each site typically has one resident from each year of the community track, so residents have the opportunity to interact with other members of the Track as well as their community preceptors.

Primary Care Track
Residents in the Primary Care Track attend continuity clinic at Children's Pediatricians and Associates (CP&A) at Foggy Bottom, the same site where they practice for five months continuously in their second and third years. This busy downtown practice provides care for patients from a wide variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, so residents are exposed to a variety of patient perspectives to enhance their education.

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