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Residency Educational Activities

Sign-ins (morning report)

At 8 a.m. on Tuesdays, we have a 30-minute conference led by the call team reviewing an interesting topic or case that was admitted during their previous call day. The resident will provide a brief HPI, and the audience works through the case coming up with a differential and plan for the patient. Residents typically provide clinical pearls relevant to the case. Residents in the NICU, PICU and Emergency Department have separate lectures/conferences to attend during their month.

Board review

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.

Game Days

At 8 a.m. on Thursdays, chief residents host game days specifically tailored to board review. Med students, residents, and attendings are all able to participate.

Case management conference

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.

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 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.

Grand rounds

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.

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, resident, or staff member in an effort to identify system-based or practice-based problems and address those issues.

Friday noon conference

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 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 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 Club
    Journal 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.