Every other Tuesday morning, residents participate in mock code run by chief residents and PICU fellows.
Resident education is a top priority in our program, and the extensive teaching conferences reflect our commitment to developing our residents' knowledge base.
The current schedule contains a weekly program (outlined below) as well as faculty/resident journal club, emergency room practicums and subspecialty conferences.
Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning, residents and attendings meet for an informal discussion of interesting patients in the hospital. Led by a chief resident or associate chief resident, a new case is presented each day and discussed by the residents. General medicine attendings and subspecialists are available to teach about specific issues in management, diagnosis and treatment.
Every other Tuesday morning, residents participate in mock code run by chief residents and PICU fellows. SimBaby™ is used to create realistic scenarios in which residents can practice skills such as intubation, chest compressions and intraosseous line insertion while following PALS algorithms. There is also a strong focus on teamwork, division of roles and communication in the code setting.
Every Thursday morning, hospital staff, as well as community physicians, attend this lecture series of varied topics, ranging from advances in molecular research to legislative issues affecting children. This forum brings international experts in pediatric medicine, research and policy and relates their expertise to our local population. See the schedule for Grand Rounds.
Ambulatory and Inpatient Noon Conference
Each year, a core curriculum of ambulatory and inpatient topics are presented by general pediatric and subspecialty attendings during noon conference on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This series provides a framework for approaching common pediatric diagnostic and management issues.
To encourage self-directed learning and board preparation, a "practice" set of three multiple-choice questions based on the week's conferences are emailed out to the residents by the chiefs each Friday.
Resident Case Presentation (RCPs)
Each R3 is required to present a noon conference on a topic of his/her choice during their R3 year. The resident, in conjunction with the appropriate faculty mentor, prepares an hour-long discussion given to faculty and fellow residents. These presentations are an in-depth review of a case encountered during residency or a case within the resident's focused area of interest.
The first Wednesday of every month includes a patient safety conference. These conferences bring together residents, nurses, administration and faculty with the goal of reviewing critical cases from our hospital experience.
As a teaching institution, this process provides invaluable opportunity to learn from our experience and subsequently provide better patient care.
With the change to day and night shifts on the inpatient medicine service, we have developed a night curriculum to be led by the medical hospitalists each night Monday through Thursday. This case-based discussion series will focus on common management problems that occur overnight and evidence-based approaches to managing these problems. Topics include altered mental status, gastrointenstinal bleeding, electrolyte abnormalities and others. Cases will be facilitated by the hospitalist over "midnight breakfast."