Pediatric Scholars Program
PEDIATRICS SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The goal of our scholars program is to provide residents with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively answer a clinical question, whether one is aspiring to enter general pediatrics or a subspecialty.
UCSF Fresno has a variety of unique patient settings that inspire residents’ clinical questions:
- Community Regional Medical Center, a large academic center with the region’s only burn and Level I Trauma center and the area’s only perinatology program providing specialized care for high-risk pregnancies and deliveries; and
- Children’s Health Center, a busy community health center clinic serving an ethnically diverse, primarily indigent population.
- Valley Children’s Hospital, the only free-standing tertiary children’s hospital in the Central Valley;
Our research program consists of
- Interactive lectures and small group seminars.
- Close mentorship by faculty experts.
- Support for the completion and presentation of a scholarly project.
- UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residents receive full departmental support for their projects that includes access to a statistician, IRB analysts, medical library, professional poster design/publication center, and funding to cover costs for a presentation at a regional or national scientific conference. Residents receive protected research time of 1 week in their PGY-1 year, and 2 weeks in their PGY-2 and PGY-3 years.
- Research projects range from clinical research to quality improvement to medical education to evidence-based advocacy. Examples of current and past resident projects include:
- Identifying Families’ Most Common Pyschosocial Stressors in a Pediatric Resident Clinic
- Evaluating Factors Associated with Limited Parental Health Literacy in a Level III NICU
- Strengthening the Medical Homes of Children with Down Syndrome
- A 15-year review of coccidioidomycosis at Children’s Hospital
- Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Perimembranous VSD Closure with Amplazter Vascular Plug II
- The effect of Hmong cultural beliefs on treatment in children with chronic illness
- Comparative Effectiveness of Intravenous versus Oral Antibiotics for Postdischarge Treatment of Acute Osteomyelitis in Children
- Epidemiological and Clinical Characteristics of Children with Newly Diagnosed IBD
- Evaluating the EKG Reading Competency of Pediatric Residents