Office-Based Practice

The resident will visit the office-based practice of Dr. Michael Levi, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, located at 79th Street and West End Avenue, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Dr. Levi is aware when residents will be visiting, and schedules selected patients to see during that session, as well as time for discussion with the resident.

Typically, the resident will accompany Dr. Levi as he examines children and talks to parents or care-givers about why the child has come to the office that day.

In this experience the resident should:

  • Increase their ability to differentiate the typical from the atypical in terms of development and behavior. This will be an exposure to how a primary care pediatrician develops a working knowledge of normal development and behavior for children and families and applies this in the clinical setting to identify atypical situations.
  • Become more able to recognize age-appropriate behaviors and variations from normal for babies, children and adolescents.
  • Gain an exposure to how to provide anticipatory guidance related to common developmental and behavioral issues, and to general medical conditions.
  • Experience the prenatal interview with expectant parent(s), and the role of the pediatrician in prenatal care.
  • Increase their understanding that primary care pediatricians can identify and manage certain developmental/behavioral problems, how to determine which ones those are, and how to refer the others.
  • Learn through observation more about how to communicate effectively with a variety of parents and families from many different populations and backgrounds.

Role of the Resident

This is an opportunity for observation during the scheduled time, and for discussion with the individual pediatrician whose practice it is, about any of the above issues. The resident should come ready to discuss certain problems that he or she may have encountered in their own FCC sessions, and identify important issues, (related to child development and/or behavior, anticipatory guidance, or parenting skills), that come up during the session.