Personal and Professional Development

The program dedicates a great deal of time, effort, and resources to the educational and professional development of residents. Orientation of new residents includes a University orientation, sessions on sexual harassment, cultural competency diversity, a tour of Hartford, orientation to CT Children’s Medical Center, certification in PALS and NRP, a departmental picnic, and a "shadow" demonstration day. Orientation didactics on acute care topics are given weekly for the PL-1s and PL-2s during the first two months of the program.

Each resident is provided a faculty mentor and a companion resident upon acceptance to the program. The mentoring program works to promote academic and personal development of each resident. Faculty serve as mentors in developing an individualized learning plan (ILP), as well as a career plan. Meetings occur at least twice yearly and include reviews of rotation evaluations, continuity care progress reports, and the results of the In-Service Training Examination. The companion resident is available to facilitate adjustment to the program and the community.

Each class participates in a full-day retreat during the Fall and Spring. The fall retreats focus on wellness and include a morning at the Copper Beech Institute for Mindfulness Practice. The spring retreats are facilitated by a community pediatrician who is also a program graduate, and focus on issues of personal and group development. The afternoons are for a group recreational activity followed by dinner with faculty guests.

Personal counseling and psychiatric support are available confidentially through the Capital Area Health Consortium, residency employer, at no cost to the resident. Medical/Personal/Family leave can be provided as needed to meet resident's needs.

Each year all residents take the American Board of Pediatrics In-Service Training Examination with appropriate follow-up including a study plan.

Each resident is given a membership in the American Academy of Pediatrics, which includes a subscription to Pediatrics and Pediatrics-in-Review. Educational stipends for books and academic material is provided for each of the three years during residency. Financial support is available for residents to attend national or local conferences.

A 4-session course on "Residents as Teachers" is conducted in the fall and spring of the first two years. This is a multiple afternoon course to promote residents as effective teachers and supervisors. Residents each develop and demonstrate teaching a skill, group teaching, acquisition of information, teaching in a busy clinical setting, and rounding skills.

Residents receive a required structured didactics curriculum, with 2 hour-long case-based sessions per week ensuring education on all the topics in the American Board of Pediatrics Content Knowledge Curriculum. Topics repeat every 3 years. Residents also present conferences, including case management conferences and inpatient teaching rounds. Feedback on these performances is provided to ensure growth of skills and competence in this important area.

Residents take the PALS and NRP recertification course as PL-3 residents, and may take a PALS instructor course. PL-2 residents may participate in a "nitty gritty" course on neonatal skills. During the course of the second and third years, residents will have weeks dedicated to delivery room skills.

Four professionalism dinner sessions are held each year. Topics have included humanism in Pediatrics, end of life care, balancing career and personal life, interactions with industry, quality improvement, and community advocacy.

Every year there are a number of social events including our Thanksgiving breakfast and winter holiday party. At the conclusion of each year, there is a graduation dinner at which faculty, all residents, and significant others honor the graduates.

The program is guided by recommendations from the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) and the Pediatric Education Committee (PEC). RAC is an open forum for discussion of topics of concern to residents held 1-2 times per month. PEC is made up of residents, core faculty and led by the Associate Program Directors. Proposals are presented by residents and/or faculty and this group makes recommendations for approval by the Program Director. Through these groups, as well as close personal interaction at all levels, the program continues to grow and change to meet the needs of residents.

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

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