Mission | Leadership
Community Pediatric Residency Program
Our mission is to train pediatric residents to provide excellent and quality healthcare to all children, especially the underserved. The Community Pediatric Residency Program is designed to provide a comprehensive learning experience that prepares pediatricians for meeting the demands of contemporary pediatric practice. Emphasis is placed on development of primary care pediatricians who have acquired their knowledge, skills and competencies predominantly through community-based learning experiences. This is a very novel approach as our residents gain a significant amount of experience in the community as opposed to traditional residency programs that may focus more on the hospital environment. The program allows residents the opportunity to explore the many facets of pediatric care in the 21st century.
Since July 2001, cohorts of six interns have been admitted to the Morehouse School of Medicine Community Pediatric Residency Program each year. Our program emphasizes ambulatory primary care training in carefully selected community settings. This unique design prepares residents to be quality primary care providers, as well as, leaders in advocating the healthcare needs of their communities.
A Community-Centered Pediatric Training Program
Graduates of the Morehouse School of Medicine Community Pediatric Residency Training Program are expected to become excellent clinicians who also appreciate the impact of community-based influences on children's healthcare. The final product of this training experience will be an exceptional clinician who is well-equipped to adapt to the rapidly evolving dynamics of healthcare. Pediatricians trained in this program will possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to assume leadership positions in their communities, whether they choose to pursue private practice, fellowship, research, or academic medicine.
In keeping with the commitment to general pediatrics, a significant portion of the residency training is devoted to the ambulatory experience. This includes assignments in community practices, emergency care, sub-specialty, behavioral/development, adolescent medical experiences and other community-based experiences.
Residents will also participate in a core set of sub-specialty rotations including, but not limited to, hematology/oncology, adolescent medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases and pulmonology. It is expected that the sub-specialty rotations will complement the community-based generalist curriculum. Each of these specialties has several offices located in and around metro Atlanta, as well as hospital-based practices.