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Transitions

One of the challenges for childhood cancer survivors is crossing the bridge from pediatric to adult medical care. Easing that transition is the University’s Medicine- Pediatrics Residency Program.

Established in 1989, the Med-Peds program—the second largest in the country—prepares physicians to become board certified in both pediatrics and internal medicine in four years. That dual track offers a valuable perspective for care of adults who had cancer as children, says program director Bradley Benson, M.D.

“[Med-Peds residents] are uniquely trained to be experts in the developmental care of a child and are comfortable with the diseases of childhood, but they’re also comfortable with adult care,” he says.

In addition to the experiences shared by all residents in pediatrics and internal medicine, the University’s Med-Peds residents attend a monthly meeting that often focuses on caring for adolescents and adults with childhood-onset diseases, including cancer. Whether they go on to specialize in oncology or continue in primary care after their residency, they carry with them important knowledge for providing comprehensive care for childhood cancer survivors through all ages and stages.

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