Professional Development Pathways
Professional Development Pathways have been designed to allow residents to focus their elective time and scholarly activities in areas that will be meaningful to them and their long-term goals. Ample elective time is built into each year, allowing residents the ability to explore their area of interest in-depth.
Primary Care Plus
The goal of this track is to train physicians to become proficient in community outreach, needs assessment, process implementation, and evaluation resulting in systems or policy change affecting the community. Residents will be expected to develop strong community partnerships culminating in collaborations to meet community identified needs. Residents will demonstrate excellence in community-based qualitative, quantitative and/or educational scholarship and disseminate findings on a local and/or national level. Activities include but are not limited to: group lecture or workshop focused on principles of community-based participatory research, community outreach, and process implementation; online advocacy modules through the California AAP chapter; participation in Community Medicine and Advocacy Stakeholders committee; membership in the California chapter of the AAP.
Hospital Medicine and Quality Improvement (QI) & Patient Safety
The goal of this track is to train physicians to become stewards of safe, high quality and patient centered care with a focus on the inpatient setting. Residents in this concentration will learn to identify and apply current evidence to optimize care across healthcare systems including the transition from inpatient to outpatient care. They will practice incorporating consideration of cost and risk-benefit analysis specific to inpatient medical care. Residents will be expected to demonstrate strong written and oral communications skills through dissemination of a scholarly product in local, regional and/or national forums. Activities include but are not limited to: group lecture or workshop focused on key principles of QI; online QI modules; participation in hospital Patient Safety and/or Quality Improvement committees; membership in the Section on Hospital Medicine of the AAP.
Academic Medicine & Leadership
The goal of this track is to train physicians to become skilled clinician-academicians and educators who will serve as leaders in a healthcare system. Residents will be expected to become proficient in applying essential principles of curriculum design, learner assessment, and educational program evaluation. They will develop leadership skills under the guidance of a senior mentor that will allow them to successfully lead a functional and productive team on any level. Activities include but are not limited to: group lecture or workshop focused on nationally acclaimed leadership tenets; online advanced faculty development modules; maintain an Educator’s portfolio; membership in the Academic Pediatric Association.
The goal of this track is to train physicians to become well versed in the language of scholarship and research methods and to apply this knowledge to the development of individual and collaborative research projects in their chosen subspecialty of interest. Residents will be expected to recognize the importance of scholarly inquiry and development of a national reputation to promote the advancement of a subspecialty field. They will demonstrate an awareness of the unique aspects of care of a chosen subspecialty as it pertains to outpatient, inpatient, and procedural requirements. Activities include but are not limited to: group lecture or workshop focused on principles of critical appraisal and the practice of EBM; online modules on clinical research statistics; participation in a relevant committee as directed by the chosen subspecialty (e.g. Infection prevention subcommittee if interested in Infectious Disease); membership in the relevant national subspecialty organization.