Mission, Goals and Objectives


Academic Excellence Social Commitment

The purpose of this three-year training program is to educate the resident in the entire breadth of the discipline of pediatrics and to foster a lifelong commitment to the promotion of children’s health care. The resident will acquire cognitive knowledge, technical skills, and interpersonal skills through didactic lectures, small group conferences, audiovisual media, individual instruction, independent reading, and direct patient care.

Upon successful completion of the training program, the resident will be fully prepared for the general practice of pediatrics and for further training in a subspecialty discipline. The department is firmly committed to helping each resident recognize their full academic, clinical, and personal potential within an intellectually stimulating and emotionally supportive environment.


The goal of the residency program in Pediatrics is to “provide educational experiences in the diversified field of Pediatrics in an intellectual environment conducive to learning the exemplary practice of Pediatrics”. This is accomplished by providing an organized, progressive educational experience with increasing patient care responsibilities over a three-year period in a setting which has a diverse patient population and a teaching staff with professional ability, enthusiasm, and a commitment to teaching. We strive to have an appropriate balance between structured educational activities including didactic lectures and clinical learning and patient care responsibilities.

The teaching staff also serve as role models for the residents to develop their interpersonal skills and participate in ethical decision making. Faculty and residents are expected to display attitudes and behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to patients, their families, and the highest level of care. Working with the health care team, which includes Social Service, Child Life, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Psychology, and Nutritional Service is emphasized. The curriculum of the residency program meets the guidelines of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

Pediatric General Competencies

The ACGME Pediatric Milestones are knowledge, skills, attitudes, and other attributes for each of the ACGME Competencies organized in a developmental framework. The Milestones provide a framework for the assessment of the development of the resident in key dimensions of the elements of physician competence.  More information can be found on the ACGME website.

Patient Care

  1. History
  2. Physical Exam
  3. Organize and Prioritize Patient Care
  4. Clinical Reasoning
  5. Patient Management

Medical Knowledge

  1. Clinical Knowledge
  2. Diagnostic Evaluation

Systems-Based Practice

  1. Patient Safety
  2. Quality Improvement
  3. System Navigation for Patient Centered Care – Coordination of Care
  4. System Navigation for Patient Centered Care – Transitions in Care
  5. Population and Community Health
  6. Physician Role in Health Care Systems

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  1. Evidence-Based and Informed Practice
  2. Reflective Practice and Commitment to Personal Growth


  1. Professional Behavior
  2. Ethical Principles
  3. Accountability/Conscientiousness
  4. Well-Being

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  1. Patient and Family-Centered Communication
  2. Interprofessional and Team Communication
  3. Communication within Health Care Systems

Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) are observable, routine activities that a general pediatrician or subspecialist should be able to perform safely and effectively to meet the needs of their patients. Developed by the American Board of Pediatrics, EPA’s describe the essential activities needed for practice and are used for assessment and curricular development. More information can be found on the ABP website.

EPA 1: Provide consultation to other health care providers caring for children
EPA 2: Provide recommended pediatric health screening
EPA 3: Care for the well newborn
EPA 4: Manage patients with acute, common diagnoses in an ambulatory, emergency, or inpatient setting
EPA 5: Provide a medical home for well children of all ages
EPA 6: Provide a medical home for patients with complex, chronic, or special health care needs.
EPA 7: Recognize, provide initial management and refer patients presenting with surgical problems
EPA 8: Facilitate the transition from pediatric to adult health care
EPA 9: Assess and manage patients with common behavior/mental health problems
EPA 10: Resuscitate, initiate stabilization of the patient and then triage to align care with severity of illness
EPA 11: Manage information from a variety of sources for both learning and application to patient care
EPA 12: Refer Patients Who Require Consultation
EPA 13: Contribute to the fiscally sound, equitable and collaborative management of a healthcare workplace.
EPA 14: Apply public health principles and quality improvement methods to improve population health.
EPA 15: Lead an interprofessional health care team
EPA 16: Facilitate handovers to another health care provider either within or across settings
EPA 17: Demonstrate competence in performing the common procedures of the general pediatrician
Supplemental EPA: Provide telemedicine services