Unique Program Aspects
In addition to the core training experiences offered by our program, there are unique training opportunities which are not only educational but incredibly special opportunities for the residents who participate.
This is a group of residents and faculty who work together to find ways to improve our residency training. Representatives from each class are nominated by their peers to sit on this committee that meets monthly. Each year the committee chooses 23 major topics to address that have been generated by concerns from residents and faculty, and many of the changes and innovations our residency has developed stemmed from Residency Committee. The committee members are always looking for ways to optimize educational opportunities and experiences for the residents.
All R2s have a rotation called Personal/Professional Development, which is an opportunity to take time to work on personal and professional goals. This is a really open and personalized rotation, and residents choose to spend time working on research, meeting with potential mentors or advisors, shadowing in fields of potential interest, while also working on personal wellness. Residents spend some time reflecting on their time during and before residency, and at the end of the rotation, give an informal presentation to the graduate medical education office.
We have several curricula, many of which stemmed from resident passions, which offer residents education on topics outside of clinical medicine. These curricula include: RATL (Residents As Teachers and Leaders), INCLUDE (INclusion, Cultural humiLity, Diversity, Equity), and AAP/Advocacy. These curricula offer noon conferences and small group teaching sessions on various topics, events outside of the hospital with leaders in these fields, and resident committees that shape important changes and promote resident research. In addition, the INCLUDE curriculum offers formal equity, diversity and inclusion training sessions for all residents.
Quality Improvement and Teaching
During team 7, a senior-only wards rotation, residents spend 2 weeks inpatient and 2 weeks devoted to opportunities for quality improvement or teaching, based on resident preference. Residents also can choose to devote time to quality improvement and teaching during an associate chief resident elective rotation, where residents work with the chief residents on resident and medical student education, hospital quality improvement, and resident support.
AAP Washington Chapter Representation
The American Academy of Pediatrics is the main advocacy organization for pediatricians in the county. Four representatives from every class (three from categorical and one from the Alaska Track) are chosen by their peers each year to participate in local, regional and national AAP advocacy work. Intern representatives are involved in organizing a resident advocacy campaign as selected by the Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees at this year’s AAP National Conference. Throughout residency, representatives serve as an expert on Washington state legislative issues and lead efforts to promote the Washington Chapter’s legislative priorities both in our residency program and in Olympia.
Each August, Stanley Stamm Summer Camp gives children with serious illnesses the chance to go fishing, ride horses and take part in other activities typical of summer camp at a week-long sleepover camp near Mt. Rainier. Our camp, founded by Seattle Children’s first pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Stanley Stamm, includes medical support so that children who are unable to attend other camps can join in the fun. Residents are invited, and encouraged, to attend as camp counselors and volunteers.