The teaching program at USC is focused on developing excellence as a primary care provider which serves as a foundation for community-based practice and/or subspecialty fellowship training. Our graduates are extremely competitive in the job market and for fellowship positions. Many hold prominent leadership positions in their communities and in academic medicine. Most teaching is provided in small groups, supplemented by case-oriented discussions, didactic lectures and individual reading. Residents are given progressive autonomy under the supervision of the faculty. We strongly support resident participation in our basic and clinical research projects and in their own innovative projects.
The pediatric residents are an essential and integral part of the Department of Pediatrics. As such, residents actively participate in policy making decisions for the Department, particularly those that concern patient care and resident education. There is a weekly faculty-housestaff meeting at noon on Fridays to address programmatic issues.
We feel we offer the resident sufficient flexibility and time in the clinical service schedule to focus on academic as well as personal needs. We are very sensitive to the virtues of leisure time with family and friends. Faculty members are always available to discuss any personal or educational issues.