Pediatricians and Community Collaborating Together (PACCT) is a pediatric residency-training program designed to develop pediatric professionals with greater skills and interests in community-based medicine and advocacy. The program was designed with the understanding that many issues affecting child well-being revolve around a number of societal factors such as violence, poverty, single-parent homes, teenage pregnancy, lack of access to health care, and inadequately funded schools. It is because of these societal factors that the UCSD School of Medicine has collaborated with the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, Department of Pediatrics, to expand and develop pediatric training in the community. PACCT requires that all pediatric residents participate in a four week block rotation, which occurs in the first year of residency with two weeks focusing on community pediatrics and two weeks focusing on child protection. Additionally, residents gain cultural experience through a series of cultural immersion days and film and theater nights, that occur throughout each year.
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