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Janine A. Rethy, MD, MPH
[email protected]
Division Chief, Community Pediatrics
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

The Division of Community Pediatrics is committed to growing the community primary care workforce. Since the 1980s, the number of American medical school graduates pursuing primary care specialties has decreased and falls far short of filling available graduate medical education (GME) slots. Studies have shown that training primary care specialists within the context of a public health framework that focuses on the social mission of community medical care can create a dependable primary care workforce development pipeline.  Our training engages learners in experiential learning and provides the opportunity to learn and apply the principles of community health including the social determinants and community health systems.

We host a bi-monthly Community Pediatrics Academic meeting as a tool for teaching evidence-based themed content including best-practice guidelines, case-studies, journal reviews and expert speakers, as well as fostering leadership development, presentation skills for learners, team-building and collaborative multidisciplinary problem solving.  The Division of Community Pediatrics also mentors several learners a year both in Pediatrics and Public Health in longitudinal applied community health research projects such as breastfeeding education, trauma-informed care, and asthma best practices.

Undergraduate Medical Education in Community Pediatrics 

The Division of Community Pediatrics is a site for the School of Medicine’s third year pediatric clerkship as well as for two fourth-year electives. In addition there are opportunities to work with faculty of community-based projects, QI projects and research. 

Graduate Medical Education in Community Pediatrics 

 All PGY-1 Pediatric Residents spend a month on Community Pediatrics. There is also opportunity to enroll in the Community Health Track in order to become proficient in core principles of community medicine and public health, work with mentors in the field and engage in community-centered projects or research. Learn more

Community Pediatrics Fellowship

The Community Pediatrics Fellowship is  a three-year program that includes a Masters in Public Health where fellows will emerge with the skills, knowledge and experience for a career in clinical community pediatrics, academic medicine, public health, government or policy.

Health Systems Administration

Community Pediatrics is an internship site for undergraduate students earning a degree in Healthcare Management and Policy at Georgetown University. The intern supports a process improvement project focused on quality, safety or operations  and provides students the opportunity to develop both knowledge of and an appreciation for the clinical and the administrative aspects involved in the delivery of care.

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