The philosophy of the Department of Pediatrics is to make a significant positive impact on the overall well being of newborns, infants, and children and young adults on a local and national level through educational, clinical and research programs. The Department of Pediatrics is committed to recruiting and training minority and other students as physicians and biomedical scientists who can provide high quality, comprehensive health care to the medically underserved.
Undergraduate Medical Education
The Pediatrics Third Year Clerkship addresses issues unique to childhood and adolescence by focusing on human growth and development, and by emphasizing the impact of family, community and society on child health and well being.
Compassion and commitment to our patients are illustrated on a daily basis at our faculty practice plan—Morehouse Medical Associates and other clinical sites in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Graduate Medical Education
The Community Pediatrics residency training program was initiated in July 2001. It is designed to take maximum advantage of community-based learning venues to expose the resident to the full context of child healthcare. The residency graduates are going to far rural and urban areas of Georgia to provide both primary and sub-specialty care to the medically underserved.
Current research programs address clinical issues impacting the health care for underserved children. These includes: childhood obesity, community acquired infection, sickle cell disease, HIV/AIDs, sexually transmitted disease, and at-risk behavior among adolescents.
The Department seeks to promote its programs by developing strategic partnerships with community-based entities that share its emphasis on serving the health needs of the medically underserved. Community physicians, agencies, and community-based organizations are active participants is every facet of our academic activity.
The Department is committed to serving the primary health care needs of the medically underserved with an emphasis on reducing health disparities, and creating and sustaining the medical home.
The Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics has adopted the Dogwood as a symbol of spring, new life, and hope, which are the attributes of children.