Didactics

Conferences are designed to 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 as well as those 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.


At UK, residents attend Morning Report on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings. Clinical presentations are often prepared by residents, with subsequent discussion emphasising disease presentation and development of the differential diagnosis.  Additionally, the Morning Report curriculum includes skills workshops, Sim Lab and mock codes. Weekend update is a new addition to our program, providing residents with the opportunity to discuss in real-time decision their decision making regarding new admissions.

The Department of Pediatrics holds a weekly Grand Rounds series on Thursday mornings. 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.

Community-Wide Morning Report occurs twice yearly and gives faculty and residents the opportunity to interact with the private-practice pediatricians in the Lexington area.

Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Morning Reports are presentations in which the residents come up with their own clinical question and search the literature to see what evidence is published regarding their question and present their findings during a morning report conference to medical students, residents and attendings. EBM morning reports are assigned once during residency.

An example of the October Morning Report/Morning Conference schedule is provided below:

Click the link to view a sample Morning Report presentation, provided by one of our Pediatric Chiefs:

Problem representation - drug induced lupus.pptx


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 also held, 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. An example of the October Noon Conference schedule is provided below.

Click the link to view a sample Noon Conference presentation regarding an analysis of physician burnout and corresponding evidence based prevention strategies: 

Combatting Physician Burnout - Evidence Summary 9.2017.pptx


Journal Club is a time when residents get together to discuss 2-3 journal articles during the evening at an off-site location, often at the home of one of our chief residents or faculty members. Residents will be assigned to present one journal article with the assistance of an attending preceptor during the course of their residency.

New to our curriculum, we are introducing a series of Board Prep Sessions, led by several of our Hospitalist Medicine attendings as well as our Peds Chiefs. These sessions will guide residents through a structured curriculum in a group learning environment, working through various Pediatric Board Prep-style questions. Sessions will 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.