Clinical Curriculum

Residency Educational Activities

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At 8 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, a 30-minute conference takes place with the discussion of the admissions performed in the previous 24-hour period. The conference is designed to encourage discussions between residents and faculty covering topics such as the routine management of common diseases, creating a working differential diagnosis, and evaluating patients with unusual presentations.

Residents in the NICU have separate morning lectures on topics in Neonatology during this time, and residents in the PICU attend to clinical duties as well as rounds in the PICU during this time.

Board review

At 8 a.m. each Wednesday, a chief resident leads the house staff through a 30-minute conference, which primarily involves review of board-style questions and high-yield facts.

Case management conference

At 8 a.m. each Friday, an unknown case is presented and an assigned resident leads the discussion of the initial evaluation, differential diagnosis and management of the case. This is followed by a short didactic lecture on the patient’s primary diagnosis by a member of the faculty.

Pediatric curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to follow the PREP curriculum and encourage more independent learning on behalf of the individual resident. Each month covers a different subspecialty, and residents attend twice weekly lectures on different topics in those subspecialties. Lecturers are encouraged to included ABP's content specifications in their lectures. Residents are responsible for working through online PREP questions with completion of them expected by the end of the academic year. In addition to the in-service exam given in July, an in-house spring in-service exam is given so residents can assess the knowledge they have gained and identify continued areas for improvement.

The residents are encouraged to attend the meeting of Mississippi chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics held twice a year.

Grand rounds

At noon each Wednesday, a didactic lecture is given by current faculty, visiting lecturers or by senior residents to the Department of Pediatrics covering a variety of topics relevant for the general pediatrician.

Morbidity and mortality conference

On the third Tuesday of the month, M&M conference is held in place of morning sign-ins. Inpatient deaths and any significant complications in the care of patients from the previous month are discussed. Cases are presented by a resident in an effort to identify system-based or practice-based problems and ways of addressing those issues.

Performance improvement conference

On the second Tuesday of the month, Performance Improvement (PI) conference is held in place of morning sign-ins. It is attended by residents, faculty and other personnel. A variety of topics are discussed concerning administrative aspects and systems-based practices of the hospital.

Friday conference

At noon each Friday, individuals from a variety of fields are brought in to provide residents with insight into areas such as medical billing, negotiating a contract and managing a practice. Ethics and medico-legal aspects of health care are also discussed in this time slot. Journal Club is held every other month during one of the Friday conferences and alternates with the Pediatric Resident-Mentor Research Program (PRMRP). The last Friday of the month is dedicated for a resident meeting.

  • Journal Club
    At noon Friday every other month, recently published articles are presented to the resident class. The presentations are typically followed by a faculty-led discussion on the evaluation of the literature, utility of the information and its implementation in clinical practice.
  • Resident meeting
    At noon on the last Friday of the month, residents meet as a group with the program directors and chief residents to discuss issues pertaining to the residency, educational curriculum, system-based concerns or other inquiries in an informal setting.
  • Research (optional)
    Residents will be partnered with a research mentor as part of the Pediatric Resident-Mentor Research Program (PRMP). The mentor will help the residents identify an area of interest, explore the topic, and develop a research question and study design. The project will culminate in a Grand Rounds presentation during their third year.

Abstracts and publications are always encouraged. Persons with research accepted for presentation at meetings will be funded for travel, meeting registration, food and lodging.


During the week, residents on inpatient rotations receive sign-outs from the night float team at 7 a.m. One resident from each team stays Monday through Thursday to sign out to the night float team at 6 p.m. On Fridays, each team signs out to the on-call team around 4 p.m. On the weekends, residents sign out to the on-call team when they have completed their work for the day.

In the PICU, sign-outs with the night float resident occur at 6 p.m. when the night float resident arrives. If there is a resident doing a float call in the PICU, sign-outs are alongside the attending sign-outs at 4 p.m. In the NICU, residents alternate staying until 5 p.m. on weekdays to sign out to the night float resident. On weekends, residents sign out to the neonatal nurse practitioners around noon.