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Mentorship, Advocacy and Skill Building, and Scholarship

The three pillars of the Health Equity track are mentorshipadvocacy and skill building and scholarship.

In addition to the foundational experiences of the Harriet Lane Pediatric Residency Program, the health equity/urban health track will offer the following opportunities and tailored curriculum:

Mentorship: Residents in this track will receive longitudinal mentorship from accomplished Johns Hopkins faculty members who are actively engaged in addressing problems of health equity. Over the first six months, residents will work with program leadership to build a longitudinal mentorship and scholarship oversight team based on their individual interests and institutional areas of focus.

Advocacy and skill building: Residents will work with their mentors and program leadership to develop an individualized learning plan that will leverage continuity clinic and elective time in all three years of residency to build a foundation of skills that will prepare them for careers in this area. Potential examples include:

  • Courses and workshops at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Advocacy rotations at the national, state and city level
  • International/global health advocacy rotations including:
    • Clinical immersion experiences — Nigeria, Guyana, Solomon Islands, Kenya
    • Malnutrition camp experiences — Haiti
    • Medical education research collaborations — Philippines
    • Global health research opportunities — Lesotho, Bangladesh, Malawi
  • Community pediatric experiences serving diverse populations, including
    • The Harriet Lane Clinic — pediatric and adolescent clinics (winner of the 2013 Academic Pediatric Association Health Care Delivery Award)
    • Intensive Primary Care Clinic — for children and adolescents with or affected by HIV
    • Children’s Medical Practice, Bayview
    • Center for Addiction and Pregnancy, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    • Johns Hopkins Community Physicians (East Baltimore Medical Center, Remington and other sites)
    • Home visitation during community hospital medicine rotation at St. Agnes Hospital
  • Electives working with high-risk and underserved populations in Baltimore and other locations (e.g., Latino health elective; Baltimore Child Abuse Center; community health elective; school-based health elective at the Rales Center; Indian Health Service elective in Tuba City, Arizona; international adoption elective; refugee health with International Rescue Committee
  • Opportunities to network and collaborate with health equity-focused peers from the Medicine-Pediatrics Urban Health Residency Program and the urban health internal medicine primary care track

Scholarship: Residents will work with their mentors to develop a scholarly capstone project related to health equity and/or underserved urban populations, which will be completed over the course of the residency. Elective time in the PGY (postgraduate year) 2 and PGY3 can be dedicated to this project. Presentation of this scholarship at national meetings in the PGY3 is encouraged and is a goal of this program.

We encourage residents to consider the vast resources at the institution and to work with an existing research or advocacy team to implement their project.

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