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 grants nationwide, recognizes this program's innovative approach to community and interdisciplinary professional collaboration.
Residents gain competency in team-building skills, cultural sensitivity and awareness, multi-disciplinary care coordination and child advocacy.
Community Pediatric Advocacy Rotation - A four-week rotation during the PL-2 year, offers residents a unique opportunity to gain familiarity with the wide array of community-based organizations that advocate for children and families in the Milwaukee community, and trains residents to be optimal advocates for children and their families. Core curriculum modules start each group on an equal footing with exposure to diverse topics such as Classism and Racism, Impact of Poverty, Healthcare Financing, Barriers to Service, 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 with residents in all three pediatric residency programs and learn about timely advocacy efforts in the state.
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