Five to six months of elective time are provided during the training program. Residents often use the elective months to devote additional time to certain subspecialty clinical activities or to take advantage of additional clinical training. Residents may also choose to develop a special elective research program with any of the pediatric faculty or with many other individuals at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
Complete List of Electives Available for Pediatric Residents
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) national office advocacy internship: Washington, D.C.
- Baltimore City Health Department
- Child Abuse/Child Protection Team
- Child Life
- Community Practice- Chosen from a variety of options
- Disaster Preparedness
- Home Health/Complex Care
- Indian Health Service (Navajo Reservation – Tuba City, Arizona)
- Infectious Diseases
- International Health (Guyana, Haiti, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa)
- Latino Health
- Medical Education
- Medical Journalism
- Narrative Medicine
- Palliative Care
- Pediatric Pain Service
- PICU Transport Team
- Point of Care Ultrasound
- Procedures elective
- Quality Improvement/Patient Safety
- Research (Individually designed by resident)
- Respiratory Therapy
- Sports Medicine
- Toxicology (through Maryland Poison Control Center)
Indian Health Service Elective
Each year, 13 residents have the opportunity to spend a month at the Indian Health Service Hospital in Tuba City, Arizona. The pediatric service at Tuba City is staffed by five pediatricians. The Johns Hopkins residents who participate in the elective help care for patients in the pediatric clinic, emergency room and in the 10-bed inpatient service.
Global Health Elective
A clinical elective for two or four weeks in Haiti, Guyana, Kenya, Nigeria, India, Philippines, Madagascar, Malawi or South Africa. Open to three to six pediatric residents in their second and/or third year of residency. Not only are residents exposed to tropical diseases but also to the difficulties of practicing medicine in regions of the world that experience extreme poverty and limited resources. A pediatric faculty member travels with the residents.
Taking Surgery to the Tropics
Over the past decade, pediatric emergency medicine physician Karen Schneider has already treated thousands of children in remote areas of the world through her tropical medicine elective. She and her team of pediatric residents, surgeons and nurses have set up clinics in remote places in developing countries like Guyana and Nigeria for weeks at a time, treating medical conditions ranging from dehydration to malnourishment.
Learn more about Taking Surgery to the Tropics.