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Project DOCC

Families-Centered Training for Doctors

In 1998-2004, the Council replicated a project in New York that employed parents of children with chronic illness and disabilities at teaching hospitals as part of the residency training program for doctors. Doctors were exposed to the multiple and complex issues facing families who have a child with chronic illness or disability.   

Projects outcomes:

  • Sent team of parents from Chattanooga to New York to receive training from the original team of parents who began the program.
  • Implemented the project in Chattanooga at Erlanger Hospital.
  • Expanded in 2002 to Memphis Medical School and UT Knoxville Medical School
  • Over 150 residents were trained at the three sites during the phase of the initiative funded by the Council.
  • Over 115 families participated in training the residents during the phase of the initiative funded by the Council.
  • Over 725 medical professionals were educated during Grand Round presentations during the phase of the initiative funded by the Council

Project DOCC continues to be run in Memphis by our DD Network partners at UT Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities. Visit their webpage about it for more information.