The Crozer Pediatric Residency is a three-year program with six residents per year of training. Our mission is to give residents a strong foundation in pediatrics on which they can build a career in primary care or in a pediatric subspecialty. Our program includes experiences at Crozer and its surrounding community, and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
The Crozer Experience
Crozer-Chester Medical Center (CCMC) is a 300-bed not-for-profit tertiary-care teaching hospital that serves Delaware County, parts of northern Delaware, and southern New Jersey. Located on a beautiful 68-acre campus, the hospital is recognized for its regional burn center, its 40,000 square-foot Emergency Department, and its designation as a Level II trauma center. The patient population served includes a diverse mix of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
The Pediatric facilities at Crozer feature a 23-bed inpatient unit, an 18-bassinet Level-III neonatal intensive care unit, and an emergency department with a separate pediatric section that sees approximately 15,000 children and adolescents annually. Crozer’s maternity center delivers over 2,000 babies a year that are cared for in the well baby nursery. The Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center receives pediatric and adolescent burn patients from the tri-state area.
Residents do the majority of their rotations within the Crozer system. The Crozer system includes pediatric generalists, adolescent medicine physicians, an allergist, neonatologists, a developmental specialist, a cardiologist, a neurologist, a gastroenterologist, and an infectious disease specialist. In addition to caring for pediatric medical patients, residents are involved in the care of pediatric burn, trauma, ENT, psychiatry, and general surgery patients.
Residents devote 1-2 half-days per week in continuity clinic where they assume progressive responsibility for their own panel of patients over the course of 3 years. Our residents gain a unique perspective on their patient population through structured experiences in the community as part of their adolescent and development rotations.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Experience
Approximately 25 percent of our residents’ training occurs at CHOP. CHOP is a 381-bed pediatric tertiary care hospital that is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric healthcare centers. CHOP attendings supervise our residents when they rotate there. Rotations at CHOP include inpatient mixed general/subspecialty floor, inpatient oncology, intensive care unit, emergency medicine, and electives. Our residents are fully integrated into the CHOP schedule.
Other Program Features
Community Medicine and Advocacy
Crozer has strong ties to the local community, and community experiences and advocacy are an integral part of the pediatric residency experience. Structured experiences during the adolescent and developmental pediatrics rotations introduce residents to a variety of community based resources in addition to work in schools, detention centers, public health and advocacy events. During the community pediatrics rotation, these experiences are expanded, with a combination of core experiences shared by all residents and individual experiences according to each resident’s personal interests.
While many programs have developed tracks within their residency to meet the requirements for individualized curriculum, here at Crozer we take advantage of the flexibility allowed by our smaller program size to develop a unique experience for each resident.
Research and Quality Improvement
Residents are required to participate in a quality improvement project and in research during their three years. There is one block in the PL-2 year reserved for these activities, with significant flexibility depending on the nature of each resident’s project. We encourage resident to engage in work that is personally meaningful to them, and work with each resident to identify their areas of interest and potential research or quality issues within their personal interests. Abstracts are submitted to both national and regional meetings, as well as Crozer’s Resident Research Day. Our department has won Blue Ribbons at the Research Day for the past five years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).
Morning Report (daily)—a participatory case-based conference run by the chief resident which is held each weekday. Emphasis is on diagnosis and management.
Noon Conference (daily)—a faculty-run didactic conference held each weekday that covers a mix of general and subspecialty topics.
Journal Club (monthly)—a monthly discussion group in which residents mentored by subspecialty faculty present analysis of current journal articles using principles of evidence-based medicine.
Mock Codes—patient code simulations are regularly incorporated into the inpatient, NICU, and PICU rotations as well as the noon conference schedule.
Grand Rounds (bi-monthly)—a conference for residents, faculty, and community pediatricians taught by regional and national leaders in pediatric health care.