Community partners as co-teachers in resident continuity clinics

Lynne A. Sturm, Janet Shultz, Rebecca Kirby, Sarah M. Stelzner

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Standard approaches to teaching the management of psychosocial issues in pediatrics-visits to community-based organizations and stand-alone block rotations in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and community pediatrics-neither expose residents to models of interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty preceptors and community providers nor take advantage of the efficacy of learning in continuity clinics. The authors describe their project, developed from an existing Community Pediatrics Training Initiative with long-standing relationships with a domestic violence shelter, a community center for Latino families, and a special needs resource organization for parents. They lay out in detail the project's innovative use of partners from community-based organizations, colocated within pediatric continuity clinics, who teach both residents and faculty about community resources and linkages with multidisciplinary providers. The authors present lessons learned by faculty preceptors, residents, the community partners, and project staff that can guide future applications of this model in other residency training programs. Faculty and residents indicated an increased awareness of available community resources and how linkages can be incorporated into pediatric outpatient visits. Community partners identified keys to successful co-teaching, including readiness to adopt an assertive communication style and frequent presence in the clinics. Project staff recognized the challenges of staff turnover at community-based organizations and the need to choose community partners with expertise that fits the sociodemographic issues of the clinic's patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1532-1538
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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