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Pediatric Resident Training Program

The Pediatric Resident Training Program (PRTP) is a three-part teaching program on family-centered care for Pediatric residents at the University of Minnesota Medical School. The purpose is to teach principles of family-centered care and to provide a family’s perspective on health care for children and youth with special health care needs. The focus is on adolescent youth and how they are addressing issues related to transition.

  1. Pediatric residents meet with a PRTP facilitator for a session on working with families and youth in a medical home and a general overview of family-centered care. Transitional aspects of adolescence are reviewed for youth with special health care needs.
  2. Residents schedule and visit a family in their home. The family and youth share information about their family, providing perspectives and insights into what makes for collaborative, coordinated, respectful care, and how they are pursuing transitional goals.
  3. The residents have a processing session with the facilitator and family, when possible, to share thoughts about the home visit and to provide written feedback in an evaluation form. In addition, they tour PACER, are introduced to such projects as the Bully Prevention Program and the Simon Technology Center, and they have a discussion with multicultural advocates.

Are you looking for a way to increase the number of medical professionals prepared to care for youth and young adults with special health care needs or disabilities in your community? PACER’S Pediatric Resident Training Program (PRTP) Toolkit can help. The toolkit contains detailed information on how to provide training to health care professionals working with youth and young adults who are transitioning from pediatric health care to adult providers.

PACER’s Pediatric Resident Training Program (PRTP) Toolkit is now available for you to train health care professionals in your area. It includes information on developing partnerships, identifying participants, outlining training needs, organizing orientation sessions, matching health care professionals with families, and arranging a debriefing session. It also includes forms for collecting feedback from health care professionals who participate in the program and the families they visit. Additional details about the program are available in the attached document.

To learn more about the program, or obtain an electronic copy of the toolkit, please contact: [email protected]