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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.

Morning Report
8:00-8:30am 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.

Noon Conference
12:30-1:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and, 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 subspecialty or topic such as Quality Improvement, Evidence Based Medicine, Residents as Teachers, High Value Care, or Career Development. Subspecialty topics are tailored to the American Board of Pediatrics Content Specifications to ensure adequate general pediatrics boards preparation.

PL-1 Morning Report (summer)
8:00-8:30am 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.”

Ethics Curriculum
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.

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.