Curriculum Highlights

Curriculum Highlights

Quality and Safety

resident10.jpgOur Lady of the Lake's Pediatric Residency Program offers an innovative curriculum focused on providing our residents the required tools to help change the system of care and cross the "quality chasm." Residents participate in a didactic and experiential curriculum that provides the framework for working in multidisciplinary teams to improve care. Residents complete at least one quality improvement  project during the program. They also have the opportunity to complete a “yellow belt” certification in Lean Six Sigma methods.

Research and Scholarly Activity

We encourage active resident participation in scholarly activity during the residency including: resident presentations at Pediatric Grand Rounds, case report presentations at regional/national meetings and submissions to peer reviewed journals, opportunities to participate in a national practice based research network (CORNET, sponsored by the Academic Pediatrics Association and based in the Continuity Clinic).

Residents also have the opportunity to conduct an independent original research project (i.e. randomized controlled trial or retrospective review of charts) with the support of a faculty research mentor and the Pediatric Research Steering Committee to help facilitate design, funding, and implementation of the project.


Interns participate in a focused Community Medicine rotation that provides an understanding the problems and challenges in mobilizing effective community resources aimed at delivering safe, effective, efficient and timely care for their pediatric patients. This experience is supplemented by participation in a faculty lead Case-Based Advocacy Curriculum with this background residents complete a community medicine/advocacy project months prior to completion of their residency.

The goal of the Community Medicine/Advocacy Project is to challenge each one of our residents to “open their eyes,” go into your community, and carefully analyze the system of care that is designed to keep their patients healthy. Each resident is encouraged to complete a CATCH grant as part of this process.

Teambuilding and Leadership

resident12.jpgThe last Thursday lecture block of every other month is dedicated to teambuilding activities and/or leadership training. Examples of activities include low and high ropes courses, “crucial conversations” training, and participation in community charity projects.

Pediatric Board Preparation

Our board preparation is tailored yearly based on aggregate in-training examination results.  Methods include focused morning report sessions, core lecture didactic sessions, daily board review questions, and our annual “Gumbeauxl” pediatric quiz bowl.  Individual learning plans are also honed based on individual In-training examination results with the aid of faculty advisors.

Faculty Advisor System

Residents meet with faculty advisors quarterly. Goals for each meeting are predetermined and include evaluation review, updates on career plans and progress toward project completion, and fine tuning of individualized learning plans. Residents review progress toward goals and career plans with the Program Director at least twice per academic year.