Physicians and Project DOCC Houston
Project DOCC at Baylor College of Medicine
Project DOCC Houston is the family faculty program for the Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine. Project DOCC is a component of the Pediatric 101 community awareness curriculum for all first year pediatric resident physicians. The Director of House Staff Education serves as the Project DOCC Physician-In-Charge. To date, we have trained over 500 pediatric resident physicians.
Analysis of the pre and post evaluations completed by the pediatric resident physician at Baylor College of Medicine revealed:
- A very strong majority (84%) of participating resident physicians indicated that participation in Project DOCC has made them more willing to work with children with chronic disabilities and their families.
- The overwhelming majority of resident physicians (98%) rated the parent educators very highly.
Project DOCC at The University of Texas Medical School Houston
Project DOCC Houston is the family faculty program for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical School Houston (UTMSH). Project DOCC is a component of the Chronic Care rotation with the UTMSH CHOSEN Clinic for all 1st year pediatric resident physicians. The Medical Director of the CHOSEN Clinic serves as the Project Physician-In-Charge.
Analysis of the pre and post evaluations completed by the pediatric resident physician at The University of Texas Medical School Houston revealed:
- A very strong majority (90%) of participating resident physicians indicated that participation in Project DOCC has made them more willing to work with children with chronic disabilities and their families.
- The overwhelming majority of resident physicians (90%) rated the parent educators very highly.
Rose Lewis in her kitchen explaining her grandson's medications to the pediatric residents from University of Texas Medical School Houston during a DOCC home visit.
Comments from Resident Physicians on their participation in Project DOCC training components
“Sometimes I need a reminder that life goes on outside the hospital, that children go home, and then the parents must care for them. Project DOCC helps remind me and helps me to reconnect with the very things that made me want to be a doctor, made me want to be a good doctor, a compassionate one, who patients remember. It renews my sense of patience and my curiosity to discuss openly with the patients' families what they think about the plan of care, what they think is reasonable, what help they need to take care of their child.”
BCM Resident Physician
“Sometimes, I don’t think we appreciate the struggles that these families go through. We think that we fix them in the hospital and that those are the only problems that they face. I felt a connection with the families and it was very rewarding having the families open up to us and welcome us into their lives. Honestly, I think that every health professional should have this type of experience in their training."
UTMSH Resident Physician
Comments from Pediaticians on their participation in Project DOCC training components during their residency
“I recall distinctly during Project DOCC how my admiration grew for what these families are required to do and are willing to do for their children. Likewise during this course my aspiration to be a part of the lives of such amazing families also began to take more solid hold in my being which would later become part of my inspiration to develop the Cerebral Palsy Clinic here at Texas Children's Hospital. I feel Project DOCC is a program that inspires and educates budding young physicians in a way that no other program I have participated has.”
Amber Stocco M.D. Medical Director of the Movement Disorder Blue Bird Neurology Clinic and Co-Director of the Cerebral Palsy Clinic at BCM/Texas Children’s Hospital
“In caring for them (patients living with a chronic illness/disabilities), I always kept my experience with Project DOCC in mind. As I counseled parents, I had a greater appreciation for the demands of caring for these children beyond the hospital. Instead of giving them a list of tasks to do, I empowered the parents with the skills necessary to administer care on their own and advised them how to improve quality of life for the child as well as the entire family.”
John R. Clark, Jr. M.D., F.A.A.P., Pediatrician with Texas Children’s Pediatric Associaties – North Shore Clinic