In addition to interacting with professionals through conferences and presentations, throughout the year, residents are required to conduct numerous presentations on their own. These opportunities allow the resident to conduct research in their areas of interest and assert their professionalism in the field.
The PL-1 talk is a 45 minute conference about a pediatric topic. This is an excellent learning experience as the intern can choose an area of interest to research and present. The topics of presentation have ranged from nutrition to infectious disease to pain management and hypnosis. The intern talk is a great time to discuss mutual academic interests with attending physicians and other experts in a given field.
The OPD conference series is a unique feature of our program and is distinct from the academic half day. Conferences are held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at 8 AM for residents rotating through outpatient, newborn, and adolescent. Friday mornings are reserved for the resident case conference, where one or more residents present a patient or patient-care related topic from the week.
Morbidity and Mortality
All third year residents present a morbidity and mortality conference as part of the grand rounds series on Wednesday mornings at 8 AM. Residents typically present a patient whose care they were involved in. Residents engage faculty from pediatrics and other disciplines to help highlight diagnostic errors or challenges that came up when caring for the patient. Grand rounds attendees (faculty, residents, medical students, and community pediatricians) are invited to participate in interactive discussion of specific cases in order to improve patient care.
Grand Rounds Warm Ups
The Grand Rounds Warm Ups are a 15-minute presentation prior to the Grand Rounds lecture performed by a PL-3. Each PL-3 presents three to four Grand Rounds Warm Ups each year. The talks are also on topics opportunities in front of various levels of medical professionals with various educational backgrounds. The warm ups are separate from the morbidity and mortality presentations.
Board Review Sessions
Each month the pediatric house staff attends board review sessions given by the chief resident. The material covers the content specifications listed in the AAP's PREP the curriculum guidebooks. Each session is given in an interactive format which promotes discussion of the material. The entire curriculum is covered on an annual basis.