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Medicine-Pediatrics Residency

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The Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine offer an integrated program of residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics. Our fully-accredited program meets all the recommendations for combined training required by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics. Completion of this program leads to eligibility to take the certifying examinations of both boards.

From the program's inception in 1980, the goal of Baylor's Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program has been the training of well-rounded physicians who are confident and competent in the full spectrum of care of adults and children.

The goal of Baylor's Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program has been the training of well-rounded physicians, who are confident and competent in the full spectrum of care of adults and children. Given these goals, we recognize that candidates for the combined program desire rigorous training in internal medicine and pediatrics with a final goal of achieving confidence, excellence and board certification in both disciplines.

Each candidate seeks to be qualified and recognized as an internist and as a pediatrician. To achieve this, we believe that residents in the combined program must be fully integrated into the pediatrics and internal medicine services when rotating through each discipline. Residents must carry the same patient load, function under the same blend of independence and supervision, and be treated in exactly the same manner as categorical internal medicine or pediatric residents.

A combined medicine-pediatrics program must provide full training and qualification in two diverse yet similar specialties. We believe that this can only be accomplished by offering a program with a broad diversity of clinical material, a strong teaching faculty in both disciplines, a high volume of patients, and a commitment to the education of residents in the combined program which is equally as strong as the commitment to those in the traditional categorical programs.

History

The Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Program was started in 1985. The program initially was overseen by the internal medicine and pediatrics program directors, respectively. The first residency class graduated four residents in 1989. By the mid-1990s, the program began to experience rapid growth. In 1994, the continuity clinic was transformed into a single location for an ideal practice and integration of internal medicine and pediatrics. The continuity clinic was now precepted by med-peds faculty. The success of the program and growing national interest lead to the establishment of the med-peds program director position in 1995 and an expansion of the class sizes. In 1996, the class size was increased to six, and again expanded in 1998 to the current eight residents per year.

The program began offering a sub-internship elective to medical students in 1997. Since 2000, the residency program has continued to grow in scope. An adolescent medicine clinic was established in in 2002 in conjunction with the internal medicine program. In 2003, plans got under way to develop a Transitional Medicine Clinic for patients with chronic childhood diseases who entering adulthood. The new clinic, overseen by the med-peds faculty, began seeing its first patients in January 2005. The continued expansion of the transitional clinic offers numerous research and leadership opportunities to students, residents and faculty in this growing field.

In May 2010, the program opened the doors to a brand new community residents' continuity clinic on Swingle Road. This clinic has been situated to serve one of the most underserved healthcare populations in Harris County. Residents have the opportunity to serve the community through the clinic services, along with the residency program's community advocacy, outreach and intervention programs.

The Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine offer an integrated program of residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics. This fully-accredited program meets all the recommendations for combined training required by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics. Completion of this program leads to eligibility to take the certifying examination of both boards.

Philosophy

The goal of Baylor's Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program has been the training of well-rounded physicians, who are confident and competent in the full spectrum of care of adults and children. Given these goals, we recognize that candidates for the combined program desire rigorous training in internal medicine and pediatrics with a final goal of achieving confidence, excellence and board certification in both disciplines. Each candidate seeks to be qualified and recognized as an internist and as a pediatrician. To achieve this, we believe that residents in the combined program must be fully integrated into the pediatrics and internal medicine services when rotating through each discipline. Residents must carry the same patient load, function under the same blend of independence and supervision, and be treated in exactly the same manner as categorical internal medicine or pediatric residents.

A combined medicine-pediatrics program must provide full training and qualification in two diverse yet similar specialties. We believe that this can only be accomplished by offering a program with a broad diversity of clinical material, a strong teaching faculty in both disciplines, a high volume of patients, and a commitment to the education of residents in the combined program which is equally as strong as the commitment to those in the traditional categorical programs.