Community Longitudinal Experiences

The community curriculum has both didactic and experiential components. Didactic curriculum is delivered through both group conferences and electronic means, and is meant to support the Community Longitudinal Experience (CLE). The CLE is also supported by our community and academic partners.

Pediatricians serve as advocates for children in many ways. Success relies on understanding the needs of patients as individuals and as members of communities, and on the ability to form relationships and communicate well with community partners. At the next level, advocacy involves the recognition for, initiation and implementation of measures on a policy/legislative level. The Community Learning Experience offers residents the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and experience in these areas.

Overall Program Goals/Objectives

  • Provide pediatric residents with the tools and knowledge needed to become professionals committed to improving the health of children in their communities.

    • Residents will be able to identify the social determinants of health, and their status within the service community.

    • Residents will be able to perform a needs assessment for a target community.

    • Residents will be able to identify community assets targeting specific needs.

    • Residents will be able to identify the role of the physician in assessing the health needs of a specified population.

    • Residents will be able to identify the role of the local and state health departments, and the physician’s relationship to each.

  • Engage pediatric residents in the communities in which they work.

    • Residents will provide services targeted to specific needs of communities within Hartford, CT.

  • Develop meaningful partnerships between the academic department and community-based organizations (CBOs).

    • Residents will work collaboratively with CBOs engaged with a target community.

  • Enhance pediatric training through interdisciplinary collaborations with other schools and university departments.

    • Residents will work collaboratively with students and teachers from other professions (nursing, dentistry, social work, nutrition) and/or level of training (medical students), as opportunities permit.

  • Enable pediatric residents to recognize opportunities for systemic change, and provide the tools for advocating at a policy/legislative level.

    • Residents will learn how to work with legislators to promote policy that supports the health of children.

    • Residents will learn how to provide written and verbal testimony to legislative committees.

    • Residents will learn how to conceive and create an opinion piece for mass distribution.

    • Residents will, as schedules permit, attend an annual Lobby Day at the state capitol.

    • Residents will work collaboratively with the CT Chapter of the AAP, and other partners, to promote necessary system change.

University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Program, Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

Medical Education, 4H, 282 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106