At 8 a.m. on Wednesdays, an upper level resident on elective will lead a board review session. These sessions vary from formal presentations to question reviews regarding information pertinent to boards.
At 8 a.m. on Fridays, an assigned resident and intern lead the discussion around workup and management of a patient case. This is followed by a short didactic lecture on the patient’s primary diagnosis by a member of the faculty.
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 include 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.
At noon on Wednesdays, a didactic lecture is given by a faculty member, fellow or visiting lecturers to the Department of Pediatrics covering a variety of topics relevant for the general pediatrician. One hour of CME is given for attendance.
On the fourth 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.
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, resident, or staff member in an effort to identify system-based or practice-based problems and address those issues.
At noon each Friday, guest lecturers 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. The last Friday of the month is dedicated to our monthly resident meeting. Lunch is provided at these conferences.
Resident meetingAt 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 program, educational curriculum, or any other concerns 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 residents identify an area of interest, and develop a research question and study design. Research can be presented during a Grand Rounds presentation or during pediatric academic research day. Abstracts and publications are always encouraged, and residents with research accepted for presentation at meetings may be funded for travel.
Journal ClubJournal Club is a dinner hosted by the chief residents or residents three to four times a year. Senior residents discuss recently published articles and share the utility of the information and its implementation to clinical practice. Faculty are invited to attend in person or through web-cam discussion.