Several formal conferences are presented to optimize residents' educational experience. In addition, attendings, fellows, and senior residents offer teaching points at the bedside throughout morning rounds. Fellows contribute greatly to resident education, while still permitting residents primary responsibility for all patients. Fellows are involved on a daily basis in the PICU, NICU, Heme-Onc, and Pulmonary services. Fellows from other specialties consult regularly on all the inpatient and outpatient services. Didactic education also occurs on many rotations presenting specialty specific curriculum.
From 7:30-8:00 am each day, morning report is held for all residents. This interactive conference is either chief-led or led by a second- or third-year resident. Residents present a case to assembled students, residents, and faculty. The differential diagnosis, work-up, and management of the patient are then discussed by residents and faculty. Chief led morning report focuses on common pediatric issues with questions and discussion geared towards all levels of residents. Morning Report is a long-standing tradition in our program and engenders great enthusiasm and participation from the senior faculty.
Academic Half Day
New to the program curriculum this year is our Academic Half Day, an innovative and interactive curriculum that replaces our traditional lecture based noon conference curriculum. Residents will attend Academic Half Day one Tuesday afternoon per month from 1:30-5:00pm in a protected learning environment free from patient care responsibilities. The curriculum is designed specifically for interns and upper level (PL2 and PL3) residents. This year Academic Half Day curriculum will include Cardiology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Metabolics/Genetics, Neurology, Psychiatry/Child Abuse, Emergency Medicine and Rheumatology.
Longitudinal Small Group
Longitudinal Small Group is new to the 2014-2015 year. We are very excited to offer this curriculum to our residents. This will be protected time for each resident one half day a month. This forum will be a confidential and safe environment for residents to discuss difficult topics in medicine that are not covered in traditional residency education. Proposed topics for this year will include; communication and shared decision making, emotional wellbeing, discussion on ethical dilemmas and dealing with death and bad outcomes.
On days when we don’t have an Academic Half Day, from 12:00-1:00 pm, students and residents gather for a lecture on a core pediatric topic , or come together for resident wellness Lunch is provided each afternoon at 12pm. This conference also provides the forum for resident lectures which include:
Journal Club, presented by our interns
Intern Report, a case presentation
Evidence Based Clinical Effectiveness Conference presented by our interns
Supervisor Conference, a case-driven topical conference given by senior residents
Morbidity & Mortality, given by the chief resident
On Fridays, from September through May, noon conference is replaced by department-wide Grand Rounds. During the summer, this time is utilized for a resident lead Spanish language class.
We have an educational curriculum specifically designed for our residents working nights that consists of on-line modules covering nighttime topics such as pain management, respiratory distress, interpretation of chest radiographs, and others. There are also several interactive on-line resuscitation simulations unique to our program. In addition, our hospitalist attendings discuss by phone patient care decisions with the senior resident each night and also staff a new patient with the intern once a week.