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Primary Care Learning

Continuity Clinic

Choose your weekly longitudinal experience from two academic sites serving urban, underserved children or from over 30 community practices serving urban/suburban populations. All of the continuity sites promote competency in primary care, health supervision, acute illness and chronic care management. You will also participate in twice monthly case-based, evidence based learning modules in primary care topics.

Primary Care Rotation

PL-1s spend 4 weeks in Primary Care, gaining experience in well child care, health promotion, management of acute illness and telephone triage. PL-3s spend 2 weeks in charge of clinic flow and supervising medical students and interns.

Newborn Rotation

One month rotation in the Magee Womens’ Hospital Newborn Nursery including family centered rounds on newborns, counseling parents on routine infant care, promotion of breast feeding and follow up care of the newborn

Primary Care Pathway

The mission of the Primary Care Patheway is to trains pediatric residents to be outstanding primary care pediatricians with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the provision of compassionate health care, effective leadership and life-long commitment to justice on behalf of children, families and communities. Residents in this pathway choose 6 pathway months of individualized learning from rotations in rural and urban underserved care, private practice, mental and behavioral health, delivery room and newborn care, breast feeding, sports medicine, dermatology and other subspecialty electives with a focus on primary care. Noon conferences include topics such as health and social justice, practice management, medical education and research, and underserved care. Residents will be provided mentorship in primary care and in the completion of a scholarly project.

Residents in the Primary Care Pathway at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC will experience rotations designed to develop competence with core rotations in primary care and optional areas of focus.

Core rotations can include:

  • Rural and urban underserved care
  • Private practice
  • Mental and behavioral health
  • Stabilization of the newborn
  • Sports medicine
  • Dermatology

Areas of focus may include research, medical education, global health, and/or advocacy and health policy. Mentoring will occur in a group setting on a monthly basis. Noon didactics will include common primary care topics not otherwise covered during residency.


The Division of General Academic Pediatrics (GAP), led by Alejandro Hoberman, MD, plays a major role in residency education and supervision in the Primary Care Center.

Division members are involved in educating residents in:

  • Continuity clinic
  • Acute concerns clinic
  • Newborn rotation

Faculty members develop strong mentoring relationships with residents interested in clinical research and educational scholarship.

In 2009, the GAP group was honored with the Academic Pediatric Association's Teaching Award for its work in clinical education.


Bridging to the Future
All of our mentoring programs are designed to help each resident develop goals and meet them successfully. The network of mentors provides guidance throughout residency and on into fellowship and the professional lives of our graduates.

Last Update
October 2, 2014
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Last Update
October 2, 2014