The Department of Pediatrics sponsors graduate training programs that prepare physicians for careers dedicated to the health of infants, children, and adolescents. For more than fifty years, graduates of the Duke program have embarked successfully on careers in pediatric practice, academic pediatrics, subspecialty fields, public health and biomedical investigation.
Pediatric Residency Program
The Pediatric Residency Program at Duke provides an environment that promotes the competencies and skills needed to practice excellent general pediatrics in the community. Our pediatric residents also receive broad exposure managing diverse pathologic conditions through active participation in pediatric subspecialty care. The pediatric residency is in full accord with all requirements of the Accreditation Committee on Graduate Medical Education. Graduates of the program meet all eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics to sit for the Certifying Examination in General Pediatrics.
Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program
Duke University Medical Center provides a combined training program in Medicine-Pediatrics to meet the increasing need for highly trained physicians with abilities in both internal medicine and pediatrics. Our objective is to provide intensive training in primary care and specialty care of patients of all ages. Graduates have the opportunity to practice general pediatrics and internal medicine or to specialize in areas applicable to either or both disciplines. Our graduates are eligible to take examinations for board certification by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.
Child Neurology Residency Program
The Pediatric Neurology Residency Training Program provides a three-year integrated preparative experience, the successful completion of which qualifies physicians for board certification examination by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for "Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology." Our mission is to educate and train our residents with excellence and completeness in order to further advance knowledge in the field of Pediatric Neurology and to ensure the best care for pediatric patients with neurological disorders.
Medical Genetics Residency Program
The Medical Genetics Residency program is open to MD applicants who have completed a minimum of two years of residency in an ACGME-accredited program (usually pediatrics or internal medicine, although other disciplines may also be acceptable). The program duration is two years with 18 months of clinical training. Residents are involved in the evaluation, management and counseling of patients of all ages in the general medical genetics clinic, specialty clinics, and inpatient consultation service. In the remaining six months, the resident rotates through the Cytogenetics, Molecular Genetics, and Biochemical Genetics laboratories and works on a research project with an identified mentor.
Residency Curriculum Committee
At Duke, we set the highest standard possible for training pediatric health care professionals by offering innovative curricula and learning systems to enhance trainees' learning and development. To that end, the Duke Pediatric Residency Training Program is currently implementing an exciting curriculum revision. Following a systematic evaluation by a Department of Pediatrics task force, a Curriculum Committee, comprised of Pediatrics faculty and education leaders across the School of Medicine, was created. The Curriculum Committee oversees the innovative Education Manager (EM) System, which is currently gaining national attention. The EM System is based on the integration of fourteen Educational Areas that encompass the key practical areas for resident education. Each Educational Area is led by an Education Manager--a Duke faculty member specially trained in graduate medical education. The Curriculum Committee supports the Education Managers in the development of meaningful goals, objectives, instructional strategies, and evaluation strategies to promote resident learning. This revised curriculum will be offered in an interactive web-based format that standardizes education and features high quality learning tools. The effectiveness of the revised curriculum will be rigorously assessed at regular intervals.
Resident Mentorship Program
In addition to optimizing our curriculum, the Duke Pediatric Residency Training Program has also created a new Mentorship Program. The Mentorship Program complements the existing Advising Program, where advisors meet regularly with residents to ensure successful completion of their residency. The goals of the Mentorship Program are to: