In addition to inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences, there are several conferences that are part of our residents' core curriculum.
A traditional didactic conference presented to house staff by faculty, which covers a three-year curriculum cycle and occurs most days.
"Mega" Noon Conference
"Mega Noons" are 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 2-4 hour, interactive, case-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 by medical students and residents with Chief Residents and attendings. Our Chief Residents have presented the innovative techniques used in these conferences at many national meetings.
Grand Rounds is 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.
Journal club, a key piece of our longitudinal Evidence-Based Medicine curriculum, is a monthly small-group seminar devoted to the critical appraisal of articles from the current medical literature, led by a PL-2 or PL-3 resident. The articles for discussion are chosen by house staff and teaching points coached by faculty members, including an internationally recognized expert in Evidence-Based Medicine.
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 one-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.
Other Conferences and Programs
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 to supplement their bedside learning.
Residents also participate in our "BOARD Prep: Organization + Accountability + Responsibility + Dedication = Success!" program, which is modeled on Maintenance of Certification programs to incorporate self-directed learning and exam-question practice into the resident experience.