Educational Activities

All educational activities are supervised by the Department Chair, Program Director, and /or Faculty.

Didactic Lectures: Daily Monday to Friday

Morning Report:  Weekly, mentored by the Chair, Program Director and Faculty, focusing on clinical decision making in a case presentation.

Grand Rounds: Weekly, department-wide presentations ranging from cutting-edge research to clinical innovations in medical education. We have several invited national and international speakers to share their knowledge, year long.

Subspecialty Lectures: 3 to 4 times per week, from Neurology to Allergy, Ambulatory to Intensive Care, we have it all covered.

Morbidity & Mortality Meeting:  Monthly. We discuss sentinel events and ways to prevent them to improve patient care and outcomes.

Research: Monthly. All residents have at least one research project which is mentored by the faculty and results are presented at national meetings like Pediatric Academic Society, Easter Society of Pediatric Research, American Academy of Pediatrics and Pediatric Hospital Medicine.

Interesting Case of the Month (ICOM): Monthly. Typically powerpoint case presentations with extensive literature search by a second year resident.

Online Pediatric Quiz: Monthly. The quiz tests a variety of knowledge in pediatrics with a case scenario/picture followed by 4-5 questions on the case, which are sent online to all residents on the 1st of each month with a deadline of submission of answers on 15th of every month. The data is compiled one academic year and the winner is announced on the residency graduation day.

Jeopardy Quiz: The residents are in teams of 3-4  persons each. We have teams on stage and have a Jeopardy-like quiz with qualifying rounds and a final round. This includes a “lifeline” for each team and a fun fact quiz at the end.

Journal Club: Monthly. A recent article of interest is presented by the resident with discussion and critical appraisal following that.

Board Review Class: Weekly for third year residents and monthly for PGY2s and PGY1s. The review class helps the residents to focus on American Board of Pediatrics content specification and the pediatric board exam.

The board review program in the Pediatrics department is very unique. During the first and second year of residency there are monthly meetings designed to cover the basic subjects that are tested on the general pediatrics certification exam.  During the third year of residency, the course is very intense with classes 3 times a month that cover all the material extensively and involve reading and question writing assignments as well as individual assessment via quizzes, mid term, final and take home tests. The performance of each resident is monitored and assistance is given when needed.

The AAP guideline curriculum dovetails into the board review program. Twelve guidelines are selected every year and are distributed to all the residents. The first year residents are assigned the responsibility of presenting each one to the rest of the program.  At the end of the year there is an exam to test the resident’s knowledge of the contents.  By the end of residency, trainees have mastered 36 AAP guidelines, many of which are tested in the general pediatrics certification exam.

Mock code/ SIM lab: Multiple sessions during residency. Proficiency in intubations, intra- osseous lines and CPR are taught. All our residents are BLS, ACLS, PALS and NRP certified.

Quality Improvement: Monthly. Several Quality Improvement projects are in progress which are mandatory for each resident to participate. A full list of the current (2020 -2021) projects are listed under scholarly activities.