In 2011, Our Lady of the Lake was awarded a competitive five year grant by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to create a pediatric primary care track with in the Our Lady of the Lake Pediatric Residency Program. The Pediatric Primary Care Track is the only such program in the state and one of only five HRSA – funded primary care programs around the country. With the groundwork lain and the grant completed, more flexibility allows us to grow our curriculum to include ambulatory subspecialty enrichment and recruitment of new site opportunities.
Exceeding our goals
Since its creation in 2011, the Primary Care Track has graduated initially two and now is ACGME approved for three residents per year whose training has uniquely prepare them to become exemplary primary care pediatricians as well as community leaders. Moving forward, the Primary Care Track Program will have a formative roll in engaging our pediatric community around or freestanding Children's Hospital planning to open in 2018.
A rich experience
In addition to concurrent participation with the Our Lady of the Lake Pediatric Residency program, Primary Care Track residents have the opportunity to immerse themselves in community-based primary care clinics for a large portion of their clinical training. Each resident is matched with a faculty member in a community clinic setting. This physician becomes a mentor, advocate and colleague to the resident working side- by- side in full day continuity clinics and longer month rotation blocks. Direct observation of clinical skills and immediate, personalize feedback are the defining attributes of this collegial relationship. This educational environment uniquely provides invaluable real- world proficiency in patient flow, systems-based practice and higher volume efficiency with sensitivity to varied cultural and socio- economic needs in a varied patient population. Emphasis is placed on quality work/ life balance as well as teaching mindfulness in patient, staff, colleague and personal relationships. In short our goal is to teach our residents to really enjoy the great job they do.