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Residency Educational Activities

Sign-ins (morning report)

At 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursdays, a 30-minute conference led by a resident on an elective. The presenting resident discuses an interesting topic or case the is pertinent to the current rotation they are on. The presentation typically covers a teaching points at the end of the case. 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.

Board review

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, an upper level on elective will lead a board review session. This session varies from a formal presentation or through various games (jeopardy, battleship, etc.) on information pertinent to boards.

Case management conference

At 8 a.m. Fridays, an unknown case is presented, and an assigned resident and intern lead 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, fellows 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.

Performance improvement (PI) conference

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.

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. The last Friday of the month is dedicated for a resident meeting. Catered lunches are provided at these meetings for the residents.

  • 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.
  • Journal Club
    Journal club will be a dinner hosted by the chief residents three times a year. Recently published articles are presented to the resident class with a group discussion on the utility of the information and its implementation to clinical practice. Faculty are invited to attend in person or through web-cam discussion.