Pediatricians are encouraged and expected to be champions of Advocacy, Research / Quality Improvement, and Wellness. Each of the three chief residents now chairs a committee of residents to increase exposure directed at one of these three non-clinical tenants of pediatrics.
This organizational strategy began in July 2018, and has led to an increase in resident engagement, both with respect to participation in institutional opportunities at CMH as well as organizing outside community events that promote child health and/or physician wellness. The chief resident office has also started a new Diversity Committee as of July 2019.
One of the chief resident leads a committee of residents who are interested in participating and planning events within the community. The goal is to make a positive impact in children’s health within the Kansas City area. Events this year have included providing smoking cessation education and resources to mothers at Amethyst Place, teaching children at Operation Breakthrough about asthma and its effects on the lungs, and maintaining a community garden that supplies local food kitchens. Residents also completed a very successful donations drive that collected items needed for the CMH Foster Care Clinic. Residents have found these opportunities to be rewarding both directly and indirectly: they enjoy making a positive impact in the lives of their patients, and they particularly relish any chance to do so outside the confines of a hospital.
The Wellness committee is chaired by a chief resident whose responsibility is to help residents brainstorm and implement activities that will amplify the sense of community within the residency program. This committee has been exceptionally successful with high turnout rates for activities such as axe throwing, group karaoke, bowling, and trips to the pumpkin patch. Residents’ children and significant others are encouraged to attend these events as well, which has noticeably increased participation.
The third chief resident chairs a Research / Quality Improvement arm of the residency program by representing the residents on the Research Education Committee, leading a committee of residents who plan a quarterly journal club, matching residents interested in research with faculty who are experienced mentors, and serving as a billboard of advertisements for various conferences in which residents might be interested in presenting their scholarly activity. The residency program has seen an increase in scholarly activity logged, and recently residents have presented their work at conferences in Seattle, Atlanta, Vancouver, Orlando, and Italy, just to name a few.
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee was created in 2019 with the goal of raising awareness of and celebrating diversity within the Children’s Mercy residency program, as well as providing education on issues regarding diversity and inclusion. Resident members will put together quarterly events to celebrate cultural occasions, such as Hispanic Heritage month, Black History month, and Pride. Other events will include discussions of hot topic issues within Pediatrics, such as cultural competency and implicit bias.