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Q&A: What is a Teaching Practice?

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About Our Pediatric Residency Program

Caring for Today, Teaching for Tomorrow

In addition to providing skilled and compassionate care for children and adolescents in Winter Garden and the surrounding communities, Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine is a teaching practice. Our board-certified pediatricians work hand in hand with Resident physicians from Florida Hospital for Children to provide experienced care and treatment. Florida Hospital for Children has over 200 inpatient beds, including a 22 bed PCU, 81 bed NICU, with over 8,000 admissions per year. Our faculty physicians oversee all the Residents and their patients, affording your child access to an educational-based, clinical atmosphere and multiple physicians for a broader range of care.

What is a Resident Physician?

Resident physicians (commonly called ‘Residents’) hold a medical degree (either a MD or DO) and practice medicine under the supervision of fully licensed physicians. As part of a Resident’s progression towards a medical license, residency may follow, or it may be included in the first year of residency. Successful completion of residency training is required to practice medicine in most states.

During residency training, the Resident builds upon the education they received in medical school, obtaining extensive training within a specific branch of medicine and allowing them to become eligible for board certification. Residents may pursue a variety of specialties, including: anesthesiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, among others.

A Resident’s Education and Training

All Residents that work closely with our practice have completed medical school and have received their medical degrees. Most residencies last at least three years and may run as long as seven years in highly specialized fields. With each year of training, Residents are given increasing levels of responsibility. 

As in every Resident environment, our Residents are supervised by more senior Residents and our faculty physicians. First-year Residents receive the closest supervision. Resident physicians spend a large portion of their time in educational activities such as performing rounds and attending formal educational conferences.

A Resident’s Roles and Responsibilities

Since Resident’s are medical care professionals, they work closely with the other members of our staff, providing direct medical care to our young patients and their families. As a physician, one of a Resident’s primary responsibilities is to diagnose a patient’s medical problem and develop a management and treatment plan. Our Residents also perform medical procedures that are appropriate to their medical specialty and level of training. In general, Residents provide direct patient care and participate in educational activities, including teaching rounds, taking medical histories, performing physical examinations, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies.