Pediatricians in the 21st century must be more than medically sophisticated. Advocacy for the diverse needs of children requires that pediatricians collaborate with other healthcare workers, government officials and leaders from different community agencies. In 2000, the Medical College of Wisconsin was awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Dyson Foundation. The grant, one of only ten nationwide, recognized this program's innovative approach to community and interdisciplinary professional collaboration.
Community Pediatrics and Advocacy Training – In this four-week rotation during the PL-2 year, residents are introduced to community-based organizations active in Milwaukee in advocacy for children and families. They gain competency in team-building skills, cultural sensitivity and awareness, multi-disciplinary care coordination and child advocacy. Core curriculum modules include a focus on classism and racism, impact of poverty, health care financing, barriers to access, applied public policy and ethics.
Community Pediatrics Elective – A four-week elective experience in addition to your PL-2 experience allowing for additional focus on your advocacy interests.
Wisconsin State Advocacy Day – An annual event for pediatric residents in the state of Wisconsin to present their advocacy work to residents from all three pediatric residency programs (to colleagues from Madison and Marshfield) and learn about timely advocacy efforts in the state.
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