All residents, primarily during their intern year, participate in a one month advocacy rotation. This rotation serves multiple purposes - it exposes residents to community agencies that serve impoverished children and their families, provides exposure to schools in the community and improves understanding of the business side of pediatrics.
Residents are assigned to a variety of sites for ½ day-1 day sessions and to various schools from elementary through high school. Examples include WIC program, daycare licensing, hospice, child protection team along with foster family home visitation.
Residents have a set of activities to complete for each site. In addition, there are a variety of independent study activities that are done throughout the month. After this initial exposure, residents can opt for a more intensive elective later in their training in School Health, Child Abuse/Neglect with the Child Protection Team, Rural Health, or by conducting an advocacy project.
A variety of community volunteer opportunities occur throughout the year. Examples of prior experiences include:
USF has an active Reach Out and Read (ROR) Program which is the oldest in the state. The program is active at both continuity clinic sites. We work with undergraduates at USF who provide volunteer reading in our waiting rooms along with having the opportunity to shadow residents in the clinic. It is a great win-win program.