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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.

  • Our weekly 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 are designed to cover the topics for the certifying exam.  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.
  • A Noon time series encompasses Board Review, Morning Report-style case presentations, mock code and procedure simulations, and our wellness series depending on the day of the week. 

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 that 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.