Didactic Education

The core didactic portion of our program includes online and live lectures series, interactive conferences and rounds, Journal Club, specialty workshops, and resident reports and presentations.

Dr. andrake lecturing
Dr. Andrake leading a case conference
  • Each day begins with Morning Report. All house staff attend and partcipate in this case based conference.
  • Our online lecture series is a 24/7 education system which appeals to a variety of learning styles. It includes video lectures and corresponding slides, as well as reference articles for more detailed information. There is a short quiz included with each lecture, which is designed to reflect relevant pediatric board-review questions.
  • Our interactive conference series runs for all three years of residency, and is divided into approximately one-month blocks by subject area. Conferences are usually case based and correlate with the online lecture series. This integration greatly facilitates resident education. Conferences are held during protected time on Thursday mornings from 8 AM to noon.
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds—Wednesday 8:00-9:15 AM from September to June—are presented by the pediatric faculty and guest speakers. The presentations provide relevant in-depth review of important pediatric clinical and research related topics and are followed by an interactive discussion between the speaker and audience.
  • Resident presentations are required and allow the resident to conduct research in their areas of interest and assert their professionalism in the field.
  • Club Med Journal Club is our twice-monthly evidence-based medicine (EBM) journal club. This innovative program integrates a traditional journal club format with the didactic teaching of EBM principles.
  • During our workshops in Evidence Based Medicine, house staff present and participate in a series of workshops designed to analyze recent literature and demonstrate possible effects on practice. These workshops are held twice each month and utilize a curriculum in evidence based medicine.

Unique Opportunities

Resident and faculty innovation fuel several unique opportunities to continue your education outside the lecture hall:

  • Teaching Skills for House staff is a monthly seminar series offers residents the skills to improve their teaching abilities. The series covers such areas as: supervising medical students, effective teaching styles, leading interactive conferences, teaching at the bedside, giving feedback, preparing presentations, encouraging critical thinking, evaluating students and serving as a role model.
  • The Pediatric International Health Clinic is a refugee clinic that serves primarily African Refugees from Sudan, Somalia and recently Liberia. These patients present with a unique spectrum of tropical diseases that are not otherwise encountered on a routine basis in a typical North American urban setting.
  • The Systems-Based Learning About Advocacy Program was developed to offer pediatric residents a practical approach to advocacy training while addressing the problems of local children. Pediatricians have responsibilities to children that extend beyond the traditional doctor–patient relationship, no matter the setting. This unique program uses both didactic and hands-on learning to teach residents about patient and family advocacy.