We offer a wide variety of recurring conferences as part of our residents’ education. Our goals for these conferences include enhancing residents’ clinical decision-making and knowledge, helping residents prepare for the boards, supporting ongoing incorporation of EBM principles into medical practice, providing a venue to discuss ethical dilemmas encountered during patient care, and giving residents opportunities for their own scholarly presentation.
7:40-8:25 am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This is a resident-led, interactive case presentation and discussion, which is facilitated by one of our chief residents. It is a well-loved opportunity to think critically about management decisions, with input from our general pediatrics and subspecialty attendings, and challenge our developing clinical acumen.
Evidence-Based Medicine Curriculum
7:40-8:25 am on Tuesday mornings. We have a comprehensive evidence-based medicine curriculum led by Dr. Jonathon Heath, including resident-led critical appraisals of articles along with interactive didactic sessions that allow us to advance our ability to understand and utilize EBM concepts in practice. Residents are paired with faculty members for each session and are given core topics to review with each case.
12:00-1:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Noon conference provides a venue for review of topics ranging from Approach to a Patient with Diabetic Ketoacidosis to Cultural Aspects of Palliative care: Experiences from Sub-Saharan Africa. Through these conferences, our program strives to offer a balance between learning about the pragmatics of clinical management and developing a better understanding of the broader context of medicine in which we practice. At the start of each year, there is a 6 week Acute Care Series that highlights management of common issues that may arise in a variety of clinic settings. Following the Acute Care Series, the conferences follow a weekly theme which may be a specific sub-specialty or topic such as Quality Improvement, Evidence Based Medicine, Residents as Teachers, High Value Care, or Career Development. Sub-specialty topics are tailored to the American Board of Pediatrics Content Specifications to ensure adequate general pediatrics boards preparation.
12:00-1:00pm on Wednesday. While interns are attending “PL-1 Wellness”, upper levels attend board review. This session is led by the chief residents and focuses on a board review topic. The residents practice answering board prep questions and always learn key points essential for the boards.
A free lunch hour where upper levels carry the PL-1s’ pagers, clinical work is left at the door, and PL-1 enjoy hanging out together.
PL-1 Morning Report (summer)
7:40-8:25 AM on Thursday mornings during the summer the chief residents and faculty members lead an intern specific session that focuses on common questions and scenarios faced by interns. Topics have included “What to do in the middle of the night?,” “Appropriate Patient Discharge Practices,” “Maintaining Humanism in Residency.”
1:30-2:00pm daily. This conference is offered daily so that each resident can attend prior to or post his/her weekly Continuity Clinic session. This is an opportunity to learn and review the “nuts and bolts” of primary care. We review recent articles advancing primary care practice and learn practical knowledge ranging from how to manage diaper dermatitis to appropriate approach to lead screening.
Monthly on Tuesday mornings, plus occasional noon conferences. Arlene Davis, the Director of Clinical Ethics Consultation & Education and Associate Professor of Social Medicine, leads these thought-provoking sessions. Residents bring ethically challenging cases for discussion and we leave with a better understanding of and appreciation for the ethical dilemmas that we face on a daily basis.
Grand Rounds and Visiting Professorships
Weekly on Thursday mornings. This is an opportunity for national experts to bring a fresh perspective with a discussion of their research or clinical experience.
Morbidity & Mortality
Third Friday of every month at 12:00. Led by the chief residents, M&M is a multidisciplinary discussion of a difficult case, which stimulates debate about systematic improvements and often gives rise to new quality improvement opportunities.
Pediatric Schwartz Rounds
This is a monthly session led by PICU faculty and staff as well as the Children’s Supportive Care Team that allows for a multidisciplinary discussion of a variety of topics pertaining to humanism in Pediatrics.