UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has a tradition as a leader in innovation, community engagement and academic excellence. The Pediatrics Residency program embodies these ideals through new educational programs and approaches that foster individual resident personal and professional development.
With the 2018-2019 academic year, UH Rainbow embarked on a collaborative multi-institutional pilot study evaluating the implementation and impact of a new scheduling model. The X+Y schedule is a novel approach in pediatrics residency education aimed at enhancing resident engagement in their clinical rotations and continuity clinic. In our model, residents spend 6 weeks in protected clinical rotations in cycle with 2 dedicated ambulatory blocks. During the ambulatory blocks residents spend time in primary care continuity clinic, academic half-day sessions, and additional clinical experiences. UH Rainbow is one of 5 pediatric residency programs in the country granted permission by the ACGME to pilot this model.
UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children
NOW OPEN! In July 2018, the new UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children opened its doors to the midtown Cleveland community. Developed and built in close partnership with the community we serve, this facility is the home for the resident primary continuity clinic and ambulatory block. The building houses medical care for women and children, dental, WIC, medical-legal partnership and additional community resources to comprehensively meet the needs of patients and families in the city of Cleveland.
Read more about this exciting new facility:
- New UH medical center on the leading edge of community healthcare in Midtown
- UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children
- University Hospitals opens innovative urban academic medical center
Taking Flight Program
During the 2018-2019 academic year, we introduced a comprehensive advising program built within the X+Y framework: Taking Flight. Encompassing program leadership, clinical coaches, faculty advisers and peer mentoring the program creates a developmental network for each resident allowing individualization of the residency experience to fulfill personal and professional goals. The residents are grouped into 4 multi-class “flights”, who come together every 6 weeks for 2-week unique ambulatory rotations throughout residency training; allowing development of group research/QI projects, community outreach and social events. Honoring Rainbow’s long history of excellence in the care of all children, each flight is named after a pediatrician whose legacy built the residency’s pillars: Humanism, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Evidence Based Medicine and Back to the Bedside.
Humanities in Medicine
Recognition of the importance of the study of humanities and the arts in medical education, last year our residents founded the Humanities in Medicine group. Through a diverse set of experiences, residents, fellows and faculty are invited to participate in different activities such as a book club, reflective writing, art or photography and trips to Cleveland museums and activities. A resident-led tour of the Cleveland Museum of Art is a highlight during the Junior retreat. During its inaugural year, the book club and curated blog “Under the Rainbow” were successfully launched with plans for ongoing growth of the program.
End of Life Series
As part of our education curriculum, we have incorporated an End-of-Life Care Series. This six-part seminar series introduces the concept of caring for patients with terminal illnesses. Through multiple formats, residents learn about the practical aspects of caring for these patients, such as discussing DNR status, as well as the complexities of spiritual care and coping with death. Residents have the opportunity to attend panel discussions with various faculty members and families of deceased patients in order to appreciate multiple perspectives.
Individualized Curriculum: Amish Medicine Elective
Rainbow offers a unique elective opportunity to residents to spend two weeks with physicians who have dedicated their careers to seeing patients in the Amish community. Northeast Ohio has a large Amish population so this rotation allows residents to become immersed in the care of this amazing community. Time is spent with both a pediatrician and family practice physician in Geauga, OH learning the various medical and logistical needs of the Amish population.
Individualized Curriculum: Breastfeeding Elective
This rotation allows residents to enhance their knowledge of breastfeeding – from the medical, psychosocial, and logistical standpoints. Residents will spend time with certified lactation consultants in both the outpatient and inpatient arenas along with pediatricians and other health care providers with extensive skill in helping new mothers with this very special experience. One resident even used time during this rotation to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).