Unique Opportunities for Enhanced Residency Training

Christiana Care has created several unique training experiences in multiple domains for residents and fellows to explore critical topics that enhance and compliment the training they receive in their individual programs.

Quality and Safety

Residents and fellows have opportunities to take part in interdepartmental learning experiences around quality and safety that include:

  • Resident/Fellow Quality and Safety Council: Each program selects a resident/fellow and faculty dyad to discuss and present solutions to safety concerns.
  • Resident/Fellow Quality and Safety Journal Club: A monthly resident/fellow led presentation and discussion of a pertinent article on a departmental rotating basis.
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt: To develop the advanced skills to lead multi-functional improvement teams. Use Lean and Six Sigma tools and methods in improvement projects.
  • Achieving Competency Today (ACT): Issues in Quality, Cost, Systems and Safety: 12 weeks master’s level interdisciplinary curriculum for systems based practice and practice based learning and improvement. Interprofessional teams of learners collaboratively design and test solutions to identified challenges in healthcare delivery through an improvement project.

Resident Research Training Program Boot Camp

This 9-month longitudinal program provides participants with an infrastructure, core content on research methodologies, with the goal of completing an institutional review board (IRB) ready research protocol by the end of the course. This course will provide didactic and workshop-based activities to walk participants through the fundamental components of a protocol, from the research question and literature review, crafting an analysis plan, and writing up and presenting results. The course will culminate in a Research Symposium, in which all participants will be required to present a research poster.

Pocket MBA

The Christiana Care Health System PocketMBA offers to a select group of residents/fellows and attending physicians the unique opportunity to study the business of healthcare by developing knowledge and skills of core MBA and critical healthcare topics. Each month, over the course of the academic year, the selected participants learn about 11 salient business and healthcare topics from leading University of Delaware (UD) faculty from the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and the College of Health Sciences.

The faculty meet with participants online and in-person to review each topic and discuss their application to Christiana Care. As a capstone, participants compete as teams in a friendly case-competition in which they apply what they learn in the program to developing and presenting solutions to a healthcare industry Harvard Business case study. Their presentations are judged by a panel of UD faculty and Christiana Care seniors leaders.

The six core MBA topics include:

  • Power and influence.
  • Business ethics.
  • Entrepreneurial thinking.
  • Finance.
  • Accounting.
  • Organizational strategy.

The five critical healthcare topics include:

  • Population healthcare informatics.
  • E-service management in healthcare.
  • Patient experience and engagement.
  • Policy and finance.
  • Leadership and innovation in population health.

Upon the conclusion of the PocketMBA, participants will have a sharper understanding of the business, technology and policy pressures facing healthcare today. They will be better positioned as they advance their careers to balance the competing imperatives of care and cost in American healthcare today.

Global Health

The Global Health Initiative at Christiana Care is a unique, multidisciplinary approach to global health education. The program was created in conjunction with the Delaware Health Science Alliance, Delaware Academy of Family Physicians, Delaware Academy of Medicine and Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

We include all residency programs at Christiana Care as well as other staff such as nurses and pharmacists.

The goals specific to our residents are:

  • Provide practical public health and clinical perspectives on the management of health issues and diseases in resource-poor settings.
  • Train residents to provide culturally competent, patient-centered care for disease management and health promotion.
  • Teach residents to recognize and address the impact of social, economic, environmental, and political factors on health disparities, both abroad and in the U.S.
  • Promote skills in population-based research and community-oriented primary care.

2 Year Curricular Topics include:

Millennium Development Goals
HIV
TB
Social Determinants of Health
Women Health Part 1
Women Health Part 2
Local Global Health (Refugee Health in Philadelphia)
Research and Ethics
Disaster Relief
Emergency Medicine
Skills Workshop
Emerging Issues in Global Health
Helminths
Malaria and Dengue
Eradication programs
Child Health Part 1
Child Health Part 2 and Malnutrition
Primary Care in Developing World
Global Health Policy
Surgery/Trauma basics
Travel Medicine
Human Rights

Residents’ travel is not limited to those participating in the global health track. Residents may choose to use elective time to do an approved international rotation. Over the past few years, our residents have gone to numerous destinations including:

  • Haiti.
  • Kenya.
  • Papua New Guinea.
  • Thailand.
  • Guatemala.
  • Mexico.
  • Nepal.
  • Nigeria.
  • Rwanda.
  • England.
  • Dominican Republic.

Global Health Track

Building on the global health curriculum, the medicine program has approved the creation of a Global Health Track. Residents who complete the Global Health Track receive certification of global health training. The design is for the track to take 2 years to complete, but residents can choose to complete it over the duration of their residency.

The goal of the Global Health Track is to provide an opportunity for a more focused education in global health for residents who want to pursue:

  • Clinical or academic career in global health.
  • Expand knowledge and experience of under-represented diseases.
  • Career in underserved communities in the US.
  • Improve healthcare for immigrants, refugees, travelers and underserved populations.
  • Increase competency in the care of multicultural society.

Leadership Development with LEED-R

LEED-R, also known as Leadership Excellence EDucation for Residents/Fellows, is a two week intensive, interdisciplinary program to develop the skills and tools to be an effective and efficient physician leader in health care now and in the future.

The LEED-R program includes a two-week block of protected time for intensive leadership development for a select group of 25 residents/fellows each year using the National Center for Healthcare Leadership competencies utilizing multiple platforms of learning and interaction with Christiana Care Health System leadership and outside experts on:

  • Self-Awareness & Leadership.
  • Develops People & Creates High Performance Teams.
  • Collaborates & Builds Relationships.
  • Enables Learning & Innovation.
  • Leads & Promotes Change.
  • Creates Value.

Highlights include working with professional media coaches and journalists on presentation skills and a leadership café – a ‘speed dating’ like event to meet 25 senior leaders.