Med-Peds Continuity Clinic
Med-Peds housestaff have their continuity practices in a modern clinic built by St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury specifically for this purpose. It is a combined clinic, caring for both adult and pediatric patients at all times. Resident practices are supervised by full-time Med-Peds faculty who are free from other scheduled responsibilities while precepting housestaff. Faculty also care for their own patient panels, drawn from the same local population, in the same clinic during separate sessions. New patients, ranging from newborns to nonagenarians, are recruited by faculty and housestaff from St. Mary's newborn nurseries, pediatric and adult in-patient wards, and from a growing panel of satisfied, ethnically diverse families. Referrals from the Waterbury area are also referred to the Med-Peds clinic from the nursery and subspecialy services at Yale. Within clinic the Faculty has developed clinical programs in HIV, Neonatal HIV, Hep C, narcotic addiction, refugee health, and the care of chronically ill children. These clinical enterprises further expand our residents' clinical training.
A nationally recognized pre-clinic conference series, developed by Yale faculty, addresses topics in both internal medicine and pediatrics. A local chapter of the nationally acclaimed Reach Out and Read program helps Med-Peds providers promote literacy amongst their patients. Additionally, initiatives to improve the quality of care in the clinic are routinely spearheaded by residents with faculty support and supervision. These resident initiatives are often the focus of our monthly Med-Peds noon conferences, which are organized by the Med-Peds Chief Resident.