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Curriculum Competencies and Objectives

PREFACE | PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND ATTITUDES | SKILLS | HEALTH SUPERVISION | GROWTH | DEVELOPMENT | BEHAVIOR | NUTRITION | PREVENTION |ISSUES UNIQUE TO ADOLESCENCE | ISSUES UNIQUE TO THE NEWBORN | MEDICAL GENETICS AND DYSMORPHOLOGY | COMMON ACUTE PEDIATIC ILLNESS | COMMON CHRONIC ILLNESS AND DISABILITY | THERAPEUTICS | FLUID AND ELECTROLYTE MANAGEMENT | POISONING | PEDIATRIC EMERGENCIES | CHILD ABUSE | CHILD ADVOCACY | COMMON PEDIATRIC ILLNESS TABLE | CLINICAL ENCOUNTER TABLE | DIAGNOSIS LIST | CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT PARTICIPANTS

CHILD ADVOCACY

Rationale
Prerequisites
Competencies

Rationale

Physicians have a variety of roles in child health, including a public health role wherein they serve as patient and family advocates. Since children are unable to advocate for themselves and many of their families are not empowered, physicians must advocate for them at the individual, local, national and global level.

Prerequisites

Understand the role of the physician as an advocate.

Competencies

Knowledge

  1. Describe barriers that prevent children from gaining access to health care, including financial, cultural and geographic barriers. CP
  2. Identify opportunities for advocacy during a health supervision visit. CP
  3. Describe critical components of partnering with the community members to promote child health. (M)
  4. Describe the types of problems that benefit more from a community approach rather than an individual approach. (M)
  5. Identify a specific pediatric healthcare issue and outline a potential approach to advocacy. (M)

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