Curriculum

Residency Educational Activities

Sign-ins (morning report)

At 8 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, a 30-minute conference takes place with the discussion of admissions from the previous 24 hours. Led by the chief residents, the conference is designed to encourage discussion 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 on electives, outpatient months, in addition to the inpatient wards, heme/onc and hospitalists teams attend these conferences. Residents in the NICU, PICU and Emergency Department have separate lectures/conferences to attend during their month. Several times per month, sign-ins are replaced by Long Cases where each inpatient resident team presents an interesting case from the month to include board content specifications.

Board review

At 8 a.m. Wednesdays, a chief resident leads the house staff through a 30-minute conference to go over board-specific content. These conferences are designed to encourage resident participation through board-style questions and high-yield facts by playing games such as Jeopardy, Battleship and Win, Lose or Draw.

Case management conference

At 8 a.m. Fridays, 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.

Grand rounds

At noon Wednesdays, 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. One hour of CME is given for attendance.

Performance improvement (PI) conference

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

Morbidity and mortality (M&M) 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 faculty, residents or staff in an effort to identify system-based or practice-based problems and ways of addressing those issues.

Friday noon conference

At noon each Friday, individuals from a variety of fields are brought in to provide residents with insight into areas such as physician wellness, medical billing, negotiating a contract and managing a practice. Ethics and medico-legal aspects of health care are also discussed. 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. Catered lunches are provided at these meetings for the residents.

  • 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 interested in research 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 can culminate in a Grand Rounds presentation during their third year. Abstracts and publications are always encouraged, and residents with research accepted for presentation at meetings may be funded for travel, etc.