The Harvard BWH/BCH Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program is a national leader in transition care. In recent years, our program leadership and residents have participated in numerous clinical, educational, and policy initiatives geared toward improving the care of young adults with childhood-onset chronic diseases. Faculty from our primary affiliates, Brigham and Women's and Boston Children's Hospitals, collaborate in a number of clinical transition care programs focused on conditions such as adult congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and childhood-onset rheumatologic disease, and a range of research and clinical opportunities in these programs are available to interested residents. Our recent graduates have gone on to pursue combined fellowships in hematology-oncology, endocrinology, pulmonary and critical care, rheumatology, and other fields. In addition, our main clinical site, the Brigham Health Family Care Associates, serves as a model primary care practice for patients transitioning from pediatric to adult-centered care.
Our program has developed several innovative educational initiatives in this arena, as well. We organized a Transition Symposium in April 2012 in conjunction with the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, which involved over 75 participants from around the country, and a Transition Care Working Group comprised of interested faculty, staff, and residents from our affiliated institutions meets for educational conferences on a monthly basis. In addition, residents from our program recently developed the Crossover Curriculum, to educate the categorical internal medicine and pediatrics residents about transition related issues.
On a policy level, our program is national site for Got Transition? the National Health Care Transition Center, which aims to support optimal transitions for pediatric to adult models of health care. Interested residents have access to numerous other opportunities to participate in transition-related policy development, both within our affiliated institutions and on a national level.