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Preparing for Practice:
Addressing Special Health Care Needs in Pediatric Residency Programs

The Massachusetts Consortium for Children with Special Health Care Needs, a Program of New England SERVE, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Disabilities, 2008
With support from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Preparing for Practice describes a 2006-2007 study that looks at pediatric residency training in topics related to the care of children with special health needs. Faculty and residents at the state's five pediatric residency programs were interviewed to find out what and how residents are being taught about:

  • Family-Centered Care
  • Communicating with Families
  • Medical Home
  • Coordinating Care
  • Advocacy and Financing

Findings are presented along with corresponding topical requirements for residency training programs from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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