In addition to inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences, there are several conferences that are part of our residents’ core curriculum:
A traditional conference presented to house staff by faculty, which covers a three-year curriculum cycle.
“Mega Noon Conference”
The St. Chris version of what other programs call an "Academic Half Day". Each month, one class of residents is protected to participate in a 4 hour, interactive, cased based workshop series. It is designed to maximally stimulate resident learning on highly practical topics.
The Chief Residents facilitate a daily case based, interactive conference, similar to “Morning Report” at other institutions. Interesting case presentations, diagnostic dilemmas and management issues are discussed with Chief Residents and attendings. Our Chief Residents have presented the innovative techniques used in these conferences at many national meetings.
A weekly conference attended by faculty and house staff, as well as pediatricians from the community. The format includes multidisciplinary case conferences and didactic presentations of current pediatric topics presented by experts in the field.
A monthly small-group seminar devoted to the critical review of articles from the current medical literature emphasizing an evidence-based medicine approach and led by a PL-2 or PL-3 resident. The articles for discussion are chosen by house staff and teaching points coached by an internationally recognized expert in Evidence-Based Medicine.
Longitudinal Board Review
A longitudinal curriculum is run by a committee of residents with attending physician oversight in order to prepare residents of all levels for the pediatric board exam. Monthly sessions occur at noon conference on rotating topics, and include discussion of test-taking strategies in the context of board-style questions.
Resident Senior Conference
During the third year, residents prepare for a senior conference. This presentation may be given on a select topic of their choice, or may be in the form of a clinicopathologic conference (CPC), in which the presenter leads the audience through a challenging clinical case, provided to them by the Chief Residents. This 1-hour, power point, evidence based, "grand rounds" style talk is prepared and delivered by each PL-3 resident to the house staff and faculty using the principles learned during the 3rd year "teach resident" rotation.
Another highlight of our program is that the radiological studies of our inpatients are reviewed daily with a pediatric radiology attending. Our radiologists are approachable, knowledgeable, and very effective teachers. This is in addition to our PACS system which allows access to radiographs and interpretation from any computer terminal in the hospital.
Numerous formal and informal educational opportunities exist for house staff via rounds, lectures and conferences held daily throughout the hospital. Such opportunities include but are not limited to "attending rounds," "subspecialty rounds" and "infectious disease grand rounds.” The house staff is encouraged to attend as many conferences as possible.