Curriculum and Pathways
Our Curricular Approach Stresses Balance, Advocacy, Mentorship
The 4-year MedPeds curriculum at the University of Minnesota is designed to prepare residents for practice in the setting of their choice. After completing our curriculum, recent graduates thrive as fellows, chief residents, primary care providers, hospitalists, international and social medicine health experts, and active faculty members teaching the next generation of MedPeds providers.
Please peruse the tabs below for an overview and highlights of our curriculum.
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A second developmental approach to assessment is supported by semi-annual performance reviews with Drs. Aylward, Bhatt, and Williams. This review process operates with these goals in mind:
- Clearly set expectations
- Clearly reinforce the values of our profession
- Promote habits of competence
- Measure progress and provide honest, objective feedback on resident performance
- Promote an individualized learning plan
- Identify and act upon red flags
UMN MedPeds believes continuity clinic should be valued as much as inpatient and consult rotations. As such, we've designed a continuity clinic model that maximizes time and continuity within clinics, minimizing transitions between inpatient obligations and clinic. We integrate longitudinal clinic-based quality improvement projects with team-based care initiatives.
In 2015, we established a new clinic curriculum, with obvious emphasis on MedPeds care. In the spirit of continuous improvement, we are establishing our first resident-run continuity clinic editorial board in fall 2017 to mold future iterations of our continuity clinic curriculum.
General benefits of our continuity clinic model are as follows:
- Residents attend a full day of clinic each week while on outpatient, consult, and Children's Emergency Department rotations.
- Residents do not attend clinic while on inpatient rotations, except for eight half-day clinic afternoons while on pediatric inpatient rotations during intern year. This alleviates the stress of moving between inpatient and clinic-based responsibilities, improving teamwork and efficiency in both settings.
- Clinic staffing drives our templated resident schedule system. Residents are split into clinic- and day-specific teams. At any given time, half of the team will be on an inpatient service, and half the team will be on an outpatient service. The team on outpatient service provides coverage and follow-up on patient issues for the inpatient team.
- Residents have their own schedule in clinic. Full clinic days allow for both morning and afternoon patient panels, as well as dedicated teaching time over the lunch hour.
SCHEDULES & ROTATIONS
Each residency year is split into 13 blocks. Each block is approximately 4 weeks in duration, although certain rotations occur in 2-week increments.
MedPeds residents can opt to participate in curricular and training pathways under the larger umbrella of the UMN Department of Medicine. The four primary pathways that exist are as follows: