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Educational Settings

Education is a constant activity in all settings at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Teaching occurs at the bedside, in the examining room, on rounds, and informal lectures, case conferences, and seminars. Our full-time faculty, visiting professors, CHORI research scientists, nursing educators, as well as members of ancillary departments, and of course the residents and medical students, create a rich educational environment.

Hospital and Clinics

Almost all residency training is physically based at Children's, so there is a consistency of teaching and collegiality not found in some programs where residents train in several major locations.

Residents develop lasting relationships with other house staff, hospital-based and community attendings, specialists, and other essential hospital employees such as nurses, respiratory therapists, and administration staff. A sense of being colleagues, not teachers and students, develops between residents and attendings, as they spend years working side by side.

Learning pediatric medicine in a hospital designed especially for children also has great advantages. Unlike the pediatric floor of a large multi-use hospital, our entire building has been designed for children, and all of our employees have a devotion to and expertise in the care of pediatric patients.

While almost all of the residency training takes place at Children's, residents do spend time in other settings for specific clinical rotations. For example, to ensure adequate training about deliveries and neonatal medicine on the frontlines, our residents spend time at the active labor and delivery services and nurseries of Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley and Kaiser in Oakland.

Residents also may choose to spend elective time in other academic institutions around the nation and on approved international electives in many other countries.

Community and Advocacy Program (CAP) Rotations

Under the supervision of Primary Care faculty, residents visit over 20 community sites during their Community, Advocacy, and Primary Care (CAP) rotations. The CAP rotations are dedicated to teaching future pediatricians their role in the community and how to effectively advocate for the rights, safety, health, and education of children and their families.

In addition to visiting children in homeless shelters, drug rehabilitation facilities, juvenile halls, and hospices, the residents also have an opportunity to share preventative healthcare knowledge when they visit preschools, residential schools, and WIC to give short educational talks.

Collaboration with the many organizations that serve children outside the hospital prepares residents to become leaders in their communities.

CHORI: Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute

Pediatric residents at Children's Hospital Oakland benefit greatly from the educational and research opportunities at the Children's Hospital Research Institute (CHORI).  Children's is proud to have a research institute of this magnitude, with a yearly institute budget of more than $50 million. The institute has its own state-of-the-art facility only a few blocks from the main hospital.

Children's consistently ranks among the top 10 in the nation among children's hospital research programs receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards for basic, clinical and translational research.

At CHORI, our desire to educate future researchers extends from Children's residents and fellows in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Diseases, and Pulmonary Medicine to the many post-doctoral fellows in Hematology, Immunology and Stem Cell Biology, medical students, and NIH-funded minority students from colleges and high schools.

Residents seeking careers in biomedical and behavioral research can spend elective time developing projects at CHORI. Attending noon research conferences and research seminars also help residents stay abreast of scientific advances throughout their residency.

Medical Students with an interest and experience in research may be eligible for the Accelerated Research Pathway when accepted by our residency and a subspecialty fellowship at our institution or another. The trainee on this pathway will do 2 years of pediatrics and 4 years of fellowship.

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