Didactics

 Conferences provide our residents with challenging, yet accessible, clinical scenarios from which to learn and practice their clinical decision-making skills. We implement a rolling curriculum designed to cover those topics most frequently encountered in the clinical setting and most frequently tested on the American Board of Pediatrics certification exam. Didactic sessions allow in-depth, personal interactions with our attendings and provide residents with real-world expertise as well as current, evidence-based guidelines that reflect the standard of care for pediatric patients. 

Residents attend Morning Report on MondayTuesday and Friday mornings. Monday conferences are typically attending physician-led and Tuesday and Friday mornings are Chief Resident led sessions with cases provided by our residents. Morning reports help build critical thinking skills with a focus on differential diagnosis and disease presentation of common pediatric illnesses. 

Noon Conference topics focus on core learning objectives identified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Attending led, the mid-day lecture series provides comprehensive discussion surrounding those aspects of medicine most frequently encountered in clinical practice, along with the expert opinion of our faculty. Many of these presentations are given in the form of "chalk talks" providing a personalized, case-based scenario, during which residents are encouraged to interact with subject material via didactic discussion.  Special conference series are included covering topics ranging from child advocacy to residents as teachers, as well as practical application of various aspects of the medical field, including the business of medicine, proper documentation/reimbursement, and residency/physician burnout. 

 Board Prep Sessions, led by several of our Hospitalist Medicine attendings as well as our Peds Chiefs. These sessions guide residents through a structured curriculum in a group learning environment, working through various Pediatric Board Prep-style questions. Sessions cover those topics presented at the Noon Conference series in a question-based format, providing continuity between learning formats and repetition of important material with attending directed study. 

 The Department of Pediatrics holds a weekly Grand Rounds series on Thursdays at noon. Topics range from clinical case presentation to review of recent medical developments, from research presentations to visiting speakers. Patient Safety Rounds occur during Grand Rounds on a quarterly basis.

 Sim Labs, Skills Workshops, and Mock Codes are scheduled throughout the year for hands-on education with curriculum provided by our PICU Attendings. There are additional workshops scheduled through both our NICU and Emergency Department to help attain procedural skills.