Continuity Clinic

The resident's Continuity Clinic is located on the Medical University campus. Each intern begins with a panel of 75 patients, which will grow to 150 patients over three years. Residents are encouraged to add newborns and patients that they encounter in the hospital, emergency room or outpatient clinics. Patients are scheduled to see their own resident pediatrician for all well checks, school and behavior problems, chronic health conditions, most rechecks for acute illness, and hospital follow-ups. Residents (and also attendings) are mainly assigned to a set clinic day to facilitate continuity, helping patients and families better identify when their pediatrician will be in clinic. For those times a particular resident is not available, the clinic is divided into teams of four (by day of the week) to maintain continuity among a smaller“practice group.” In the Continuity Clinic, residents gain experience in longitudinal care, following patients throughout their residency, and are able to get to know the patient and their families. Residents learn how to coordinate care for their patients with chronic health problems who are also under the care of specialized consultants. They see the myriad of relatively minor problems that concern parents, learn how to teach parents to recognize significant problems, and encourage parents to practice good health maintenance (including immunizations) with their children. Health problems are discussed from an outpatient perspective at a mini-conference held at the beginning of each clinic. As an NCQA-certifiedLevel 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), our Continuity Clinic is the medical home to an inner city, predominantly Medicaid population of about 6,000 patients with about 50-60patients seen each day. Our clinic has a full-time dedicated PCMH Care Coordinator, referral specialist, social worker, and also part-time psychology interns readily available to assist the residents with all patient care needs.