Global Health Track
Children’s Mercy started a Global Health experience in 2011. Residents are invited to apply for the program during their intern year, and those who are accepted and complete the program requirements graduate with a certificate in global health.
The in-depth curriculum spans all three years, includes dedicated didactic time, simulations, a second year local immersion, and culminates in an international elective during the third year. Recent sites visited include Mexico, Malawi, Panama, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Financial support is available with a travel stipend for qualifying residents. More information is available here.
The goal of the Advocacy Track is to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to improve child health by engaging communities and using evidence based strategies. It offers a unique educational experience in that it is a statewide collaborative comprised of up to 2 residents per class from each of the 4 pediatric residency programs in Missouri. Participants will have ample opportunities to share ideas, working together to create broad system changes in their individual communities and across the state. The Child Advocacy Track will go above and beyond the basic broad exposure provided during the required rotation in your PL-2 year—it is designed to support residents with a passion for advocacy and an interest in taking a leadership role throughout their careers.
Selected residents will attend a state-wide conference to learn key skills and strategies, such as leading a group effectively, identifying meaningful issues within a community, collaborating with community partners, building coalitions, and influencing public policy. They will also participate in didactic sessions and case based discussions with residents from other programs via telecommunications. They will each complete an individual advocacy project, under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
The Clinica Hispana de Cudados de Salud (CHICOS) sets CMH apart by offering a formal program for medical Spanish learning as part of a resident’s weekly continuity clinic. Selected residents with at least intermediate Spanish work alongside Spanish proficient general academic pediatricians and a dedicated Spanish language coach to provide care to Spanish speaking families. In addition to developing bilingual language skills, CHICOS residents learn how to provide culturally-appropriate support for the large Spanish speaking population of Kansas City. Typically, graduates of the CHICOS continuity clinic complete residency as qualified bilingual pediatricians.
Residents participate in simulation sessions using high fidelity mannequins during their outpatient elective months. Residents work in teams of 4-6 residents to address common pediatric critical illnesses, including altered mental status, respiratory failure, and cardiac emergencies. Residents have the opportunity to work on resuscitation skills and procedures, such as vascular access and airway support, as well as improve their leadership and communication ability in crisis situations. Simulation session are facilitated by both physician staff and a multi-disciplinary team including nurse and RT educators. In addition to the in-depth simulation experience, residents are also provided with supplemental electronic learning resources as a review of these important topics.