Program Overview - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Program Overview

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 Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

The Crozer Experience

Crozer-Chester Medical Center (CCMC) is a 300-bed tertiary-care teaching hospital that serves Delaware County, PA, 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 1,700 babies a year. 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 in combination with an extensive experience at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. The Crozer system features pediatric generalists, adolescent medicine, allergy/immunology, developmental medicine, pediatric pulmonary and neonatology along with on-site Nemours (A.I. DuPont) specialists at Crozer which include pediatric neurology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, cardiology and nephrology. 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 Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Experience

Our residency program is a proud affiliate of Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. The duPont Hospital for Children is a 195-bed pediatric tertiary care hospital in Wilmington, DE that offers advanced inpatient and outpatient care in more than 30 specialties. In addition, it is Delaware’s only pediatric trauma center. A.I. duPont is one of only 20 children’s hospitals in the nation ranked in all ten specialties by U.S. News & World Report (cardiology, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, oncology, pulmonology and urology). Our residents are fully integrated into the duPont schedule, and are supervised by duPont attendings. Rotations include inpatient subspecialty/general pediatrics, pediatric intensive care, emergency medicine and outpatient subspecialties.

Caring for children as if they were our own. Nemours duPont Pediatrics offers the expertise of nationally renowned specialists from one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, here on Crozer’s campus. Our family-centered model of care includes parents and providers working together to develop a highly personalized plan to best meet the needs of each child.

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. Crozer Pediatrics has partnered with the PA chapter of the AAP advocating for the health and welfare of children in the Crozer community and beyond.

Individualized Curriculum

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, in combination with our partnership with Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, 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 seven years (2010-2016).

  • Morning Report (daily): A participatory case-based conference run by the chief resident, which is held each weekday. Emphasis is on diagnosis and management and boards preparation.
  • 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.

Medical Students – Residents as Teachers

Crozer Chester Medical Center has relationships with local medical schools including Temple, PCOM and expanding partnership with Drexel University College of Medicine. Crozer Pediatric Residents, under the supervision of the Crozer Pediatric Faculty, are progressively and actively involved in learning how to teach the art and science of doctoring.  

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