Community Oriented Resident Education (CORE)

The Community-Oriented Resident Education (CORE) is an area of concentration in the pediatric training program.The Pediatric Residency Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh proudly offers Community-Oriented Resident Education (CORE), an area of concentration in the pediatric training program that aims to train leaders in community health and child advocacy.

Our goals for CORE residents are that they will:

  • Develop the personal and professional skills necessary to be effective leaders in community health;
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills and experience to partner effectively with communities to improve child health; and
  • Gain clinical experience in the provision of compassionate and culturally competent care to the underserved.

Annabelle de St. Maurice, MD Pediatric ResidentResidents in CORE will be exposed to various learning opportunities and clinical experiences that will enhance their understanding of key community health issues, such as health disparities, cultural competence and health policy.

The weekly continuity clinic during all three years is in a community-based health center, most of which are in urban underserved areas.

CORE also sponsors a small free weekly clinic at a local shelter, staffed by CORE residents.

CORE residents complete a community advocacy project in collaboration with community leaders, faculty and other residents.

CORE residents have pursued a wide range of careers upon graduation including fellowship training in a variety of subspecialties, work in the Indian Health Service, primary health care in urban and rural communities, and hospitalist positions.

We welcome your interest and are happy to provide more information about the interests and accomplishments of the CORE residents and the program. CORE does not require a separate ERAS application, but a brief, separate application is required. For additional information about CORE, contact Jennifer Wolford, DO, PH, Assistant Professor, Child Advocacy at