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CPTI Residency Program Information


The American Academy of Pediatrics Community Pediatrics Training Initiative (CPTI) has compiled information received from more than a dozen residency programs about their advocacy and community pediatrics curricula. Below are brief overviews of the program information that was collected, following each overview is a downloadable document with full program details.

Contact CPTI Program Staff to submit information about your program or update your programs information.


Phoenix Children’s/Maricopa Medical Center; Phoenix, Arizona
In an effort to ensure that residents gain knowledge, skills, and perspectives that lead to successful community level advocacy, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program has found creative ways to make the Community Pediatrics Curriculum an important part of our training process.

Stanford/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; Palo Alto, California
The resident training program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH) provides residents with several opportunities to work in the community and to develop and practice advocacy skills. All pediatric residents participate in a month long Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy rotation PGY1. During PGY2, residents gain more advocacy skills through the Adolescent Medicine and Advocacy Rotation. Both rotations have a longitudinal class advocacy project.

University of California San Francisco; San Francisco, California
The UCSF Pediatric Residency Program has several training options, one of which is the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) program.  The mission of the PLUS program is to train and inspire future leaders in pediatrics to identify and address the varied issues that impact the health of vulnerable children. 

University of Colorado; Denver, Colorado
The Advocacy Curriculum at The Children’s Hospital is a resident-driven initiative which was implemented in 2008. Our curriculum is unique in that the residency program exists in the same city as the state capitol. This allows residents a first-hand opportunity to witness and participate in executive and legislative advocacy at the state level.  Residents can meet with legislators and lobbyists and can attend state AAP conferences to learn how this organization interfaces with the state government. The curriculum focuses on 3 areas of advocacy intervention: Patient level, Community level and Policy Level.

Children's National Medical Center; Washington, DC
Pediatric interns participate in an advocacy workshop based on the American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatric Residency Advocacy Training Curriculum. It is taught jointly by faculty from Children's National's Child Health Advocacy Institute and pediatric residency program. In addition, residents in the Community Health Track take a month-long course called the Child Health Advocacy Rotation which teaches them the skills pediatricians need to be effective advocates for children in the public policy arena. They also complete a Health Policy Fellowship at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services that teaches them the basics of how health policy is created in the United States. Both courses are open to other pediatric residents as an elective and the Child Health Advocacy Rotation is open to fourth year medical students.

Jefferson/duPont Pediatric Residency Program, Wilmington, DE
Residents participate in a number of advocacy efforts during their training through clinical work, homeless shelters, the Refugee clinic, and travel to underserved areas. The JeffSTARS (Jefferson Service Training in Advocacy for Residents and Students) Program is an advocacy educational program integrated into our residency training, in collaboration with Jefferson Medical College and the Department of Family and Community Medicine of Thomas Jefferson University. Components of JeffSTARS include Advocacy Cafes, community site visits, and an Advocacy Journal Club during required outpatient clinical rotations. The Advocacy Elective is open to 4th year medical students and PL-S and PL-3 Pediatric and Family and Community Medicine residents. The elective trainees attend 15 seminars in advocacy, and they also partner with a community organization to work on a mutually agreeable advocacy project.

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Children’s Memorial/Feinberg School of Medicine; Chicago, Illinois
The Children’s Memorial Pediatric Residency Program has several training options, one of which is a second year 1 month community medicine and advocacy rotation requirement.  This rotation incorporates didactic /interactional sessions,  including a legislative session with the ILAAP, and  principles of community advocacy.

Mount Sinai Hospital; Chicago, Illinois
Mount Sinai Hospital’s Pediatric Residency Program has several advocacy training options, including a four week mandatory block rotation for PL-1 year. The curriculum consists of a public health model, as well as readings, discussion, and literature searches to understand advocacy from “peds-parents-patients” in the office.

University of Florida-Gainesville; Gainesville, Florida
University of Florida has a four week Advocacy and Community Pediatrics rotation that is required for all residents during their second year.  During this month residents are exposed to legislative advocacy (with opportunities to travel to Tallahassee and work with lawmakers on health policy) and they gain first-hand knowledge of community health needs and barriers through involvement in many community-based activities.

University of Florida-Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Florida
The resident training program at University of Florida-Jacksonville requires residents to engage in several opportunities to work in the community, and to develop and practice advocacy skills. Community Pediatrics Education is required for all pediatric residents and is conducted in three distinct parts over the 3 year residency program.

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Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital; Portland, Maine
The resident training program at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center (BBCH) provides residents with several opportunities to work in the community and to develop and practice advocacy skills. The format of the Community and Child Advocacy rotation at the BBCH is divided into self-study modules, a child abuse experience, and a mini project.

Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education; Rochester, Minnesota
Pediatric residents in the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education training program receive advocacy and community health training in both block and longitudinal format.  Much of the training is required but there are opportunities available for additional elective experiences as desired by trainees.

Carolinas Medical Center (Levine Children’s Hospital); Charlotte, NC
At Carolinas Medical Center (Levine Children’s Hospital) the advocacy rotation is a required block month in the second year of training.  Residents spend most of the block month at the Council for Children’s Rights, the premier child advocacy group in the region. 

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Columbia University Medical Center; New York, New York
The curricular goal of our Community Pediatrics training program is to broaden pediatric residency education to ensure that all residents acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to: work effectively as life-long advocates in partnership with the community, define the health problems of the children they serve, provide curative and preventive services, and evaluate the effectiveness of those services.

Penn State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Program; Hershey, Pennsylvania
The Penn State University advocacy rotation is a two week block rotation in the intern year.  There is a set of required reading material, a pretest, a posttest, and a writing assignment.  Time is spent with different community agencies including (but not limited to) Children and Youth, WIC, Lead Screening Program, Head Start, Early Intervention, and the Children’s Resource Center which is the site at which children who have had suspected sexual abuse are evaluated.

St Christopher’s Hospital for Children; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
St Christopher’s Hospital for Children has a Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy rotation. This is a required 2 week block during intern year. Residents rotate at 12 community-based organizations and perform evaluations of the rotation and themselves. Residents also have a mandatory longitudinal advocacy project that they must complete before graduation.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Providence, Rhode Island
At Hasbro Children’s Hospital there is a required one-month intern rotation that has 4 basic components: learning about community and learning advocacy skills, experiencing the community by working along side AmeriCorps members and Ready-to-Learn Providence staff as they support families in early learning and quality care for young children, project creation: either in groups or individually, residents will identify an issue, research it in Providence, create an intervention, and write a CATCH grant application for funding it.

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Vanderbilt; Nashville, Tennessee
All Vanderbilt Pediatric and Med-Peds residents have the opportunity to participate in a variety of advocacy training experiences.  The residency program received an AAP CATCH training grant in 2008 to develop CORE (Community-Oriented Resident Education).  CORE includes a community needs assessment component to help residents identify community needs, which then inform the design of individual or group advocacy projects.

University of Utah Pediatric Residency; Salt Lake City, Utah
The resident training program at University of Utah provides residents with several opportunities to work in the community, and to develop and practice advocacy skills. We offer Advocacy Nights for all levels, these are informal gatherings of residents, usually at someone’s home to discuss advocacy topics, do an advocacy activity or watch a movie.  Recent topics have included environmental health, refugee health and making dinner for families at Ronald McDonald House.

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