The UVA Pediatric Home Visit Program first began in 1995 with the belief that home visits can have a profound impact on young physicians in training. Over the years this program has not only served an important role in teaching our physicians in training the art of making “house calls” and the importance of a thorough social history, but also how often our complex familial, social, economic and cultural differences are the greatest determinants of health and healing.
“Humanistic medicine takes account of these human dimensions of illness and healing: What the doctor knows – not just assumes – about the patient-as-person and his or her familial, social, economic, and cultural circumstances can make all the difference in how the patient’s illness is approached and managed, and in whether or not the patient heals.
How can we help young clinicians learn who the person is? When residents make home visits, they learn first-hand that these variances must be addressed if the understanding between doctor and patient, and the treatments they agree upon, are to have any possibility of success.”
Dr. Leigh Grossman, Program Founder
The Pediatric Home Visit Program continues today as an integral part of our residency training program and service to our patient community. Once a month, pediatricians from UVA visit patients in their homes for routine well child care as well as sick visits. Visits within the home allow for a unique opportunity to interact with children in their own home environment where they are most comfortable.
For more information regarding the Home Visit Program, please call the UVA Pediatric Primary Care Center at (434) 924-5321 or contact:
Amy Brown, M.D., MHS
Director, UVA Pediatric Home Visit Program