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Elective Experience

During Elective, Selective and Surgical Selective, residents can rotate through a variety of subspecialty clinics and experiences in the community to help explore their professional interests. Along with over 50 subspecialty clinics, other unique opportunities include the following:

  • Cardiac Intensive Care Elective: residents are given the opportunity to rotate through our cardiac intensive care unit and are expected to round on and present specific patients as an essential part of the medical care team, paying particular attending to pathophysiology and details of cardiac anatomy
  • Child and Adolescent Protection Center: residents learn how to obtain an accurate history and perform a physical exam on an abused child, as well as how to manage the child and family situation going forward
  • Child Health Advocacy Institute: provides an introduction to basic advocacy tools and allows residents to focus on an issue important to pediatric health and do research and advocacy related to that issue
  • Foggy Bottom Didactics: once weekly sessions where residents explore a primary care pediatric topic in-depth and also spend time leaning about commonly encountered mental health issues in pediatrics
  • Global Health Elective: one-week course that exposes residents to global health issues including healthcare delivery, disease management and resource allocation
  • Health Policy Fellowship: three week course spent at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services gaining a basic understanding of the healthcare system in the United States and how policy shapes and influences healthcare practices
  • HSC Pediatric Center Elective: residents are given a more in-depth understanding of potential complications of medical devices in the technology-dependent child and get to work with multidisciplinary team members including physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreation therapy, speech and language therapy, nutrition services, social work and case management among others
  • Medical Transport Elective: residents spend time with our medical transportation team, learning how to manage triage in outside facilities and safely bring patients to Children’s National for further care (via helicopter or ambulance).
  • Ultrasound Elective: residents spend one to two weeks learning to use bedside ultrasound to gather and interpret their own imaging data to answer specific focused clinical questions

Although some of these are worked into the core curriculum of the Leadership in Advocacy, the Underserved and Community Health (LAUnCH) Track and Primary Care Track, they are available to residents who choose to spend their time in these settings during their elective/selective.