Continuity Clinic (CC) provides an opportunity to learn about well child care and outpatient primary care management of common and not so common pediatric disease processes. Important elements of this learning process include enhancing skills in interviewing, establishing rapport with families, developing skills in anticipatory guidance, understanding and implementing health maintenance, learning about normal and abnormal growth and development, having a wide range of patients from healthy newborns to children with complex medical and/or psychological problems, working with families on a family-centered, culturally competent manner to develop an effective management plan, and learning when to make appropriate referrals to subspecialists. In addition, residents are expected to choose a billing code in Epic for every patient visit.
One half day each week residents attend their own outpatient primary care continuity clinic in either the Lincoln Park or Uptown neighborhood. In this setting, residents are primary care physicians for their own panel of patients over a three-year period. They are able to follow patients through different stages of growth and development. By seeing patients on the same day of the week over three years, they can further develop strong long-lasting relationships with families, which should lead to better quality and more efficient care. This is one of the most rewarding aspects of residency. Special effort is made to ensure that residents' patients do not have an excess of complex medical problems so that residents are able to focus on providing well child care for relatively healthy children.
Our continuity clinic program takes place at two different sites: Lurie Children’s Outpatient Center-Lincoln Park and Lurie Children’s Pediatrics-Uptown. The clinics are open five days each week. The Lincoln Park site has 8 residents continuity clinic sessions per week. Uptown has 4 resident continuity clinic sessions per week. As Uptown is a diverse northside neighborhood with a large immigrant population, trainees with an interest in underserved populations may choose to request this clinic placement.