Typical Lecture Schedule
|AM||Perinatal Conf. (NICU/WBN only)|
|PM||Peds Problem Conf. (Med-Peds Monthly) Morbidity and Mortality Conf. (quarterly)||
*Resident Didactics may include: pediatric lectures, monthly resident town hall meeting and board preparation.
Our conference schedule is built to encompass the AAP's list of content specifications for general pediatrics, which is the material used to devise the yearly in-service exams and the board certification exams. We employ a number of different educational formats including small group case-conferences and case-discussions, round-table discussions including journal review, games and formal didactic (lectures) into our 12-month curriculum in order to better accommodate all types of learning styles. Some of the highlighted conferences are described below.
An informal case discussion of interesting or challenging patients on the inpatient pediatric services is presented every Thursday at noon. The members of the ward team, PICU and other inpatient subspecialty residents present the patient, and several topics, including differential diagnosis, data analysis / interpretation and management options, are presented. The session is facilitated by a chief resident and a subspecialist.
A journal article is reviewed once a month in PICO format with faculty, biostatistician, and health sciences librarian guidance. The division of Medicine-Pediatrics also presents a monthly problem conference in a semi-structured format that both departments attend.
All residents are excused from clinical duties every Thursday afternoon to attend and participate in educational sessions. The afternoon begins at 12:15 with Noon Report, followed by a combination of traditional lectures, with alternating simulation center activities, board preparation sessions and small-group work. The model of protected educational time has provided a robust learning environment and has been received favorably by our residents.
Problem conferences are a semi-formal case presentation by a resident that occurs on Tuesdays. The resident presents a recent case from the wards or clinic from presentation to diagnosis (if there is one). All audience members (medical students, residents, and attendings) are encouraged to work through the case, and the information is presented with the goal to ultimately make a diagnosis (if possible). The presenting resident then concludes the session with a short discussion of a pertinent learning point. This is a great low-pressure way for residents to get to know attendings, as well as learn how faculty members approach particular problems.
Grand Rounds are the most formal of all the pediatric conferences typically attended on site and via teleconferencing by the faculty, all residents, medical students and members of the multidisciplinary team. The invited speaker presents a topic they feel is relevant to the department as a whole. At some point during residency, each resident is required to present one lecture as a Grand Rounds.
Our Pediatric Radiology department has been committed to the education of the pediatric residents and has been an integral part of our education. They provide noon lectures involving a variety of pediatric radiology topics, perform informal case-based radiology rounds on current inpatients and often contribute to the discussion involved with our weekly problem conference.
The residents on WBN and NICU rotations attend the weekly perinatal conference where both the mother / infant's course are presented by the OB-GYN resident and Peds resident, respectively. Discussion regarding prenatal diagnosis, course, and NICU course are discussed including ethical issues.