Curriculum Highlights

Curriculum Highlights

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Quality and Safety

We offer 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, as well as 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.

Advocacy

resident12.jpgInterns 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.

Team Building and Leadership

Team building exercises begin during intern orientation and are intertwined with resident activities throughout the academic year. Protected time for the annual overnight retreat in the Fall and day-long class retreats in the Spring highlight our emphasis on residents as community leaders, while demonstrating the success that can be achieved when working as a team.

Pediatric Board Preparation

Our board preparation, overseen by Dr Andres Carrion, encompasses a variety of educational tools allowing us to individualize board prep. In addition to textbooks, flash cards and a question bank from MedStudy, we send residents to a live board review course as a PGY-3.  We administer in-house in-training exams throughout the year as well as monthly board review quizzes designed to reinforce board-relevant content specifications. PGY-3s have a self-led board review course that takes places during the academic year. Each resident meets with Dr Carrion and/or the Program Directors to delineate the best prep curriculum beyond the program’s baseline.

Faculty Advisor System

Residents meet with faculty advisors at least twice a year. 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.

Conferences

Morning Report
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:30 - 8:30 am

Pediatric Grand Rounds
4th Friday of the Month: 7:30 am

Evidence-Based Medicine Curriculum/Journal Club
Monthly (during Thursday lectures)

Pediatric Academic Clinic-Practice Management Session
Quarterly (during Thursday lectures)

Lunch and Learn with Pediatric Medical Staff
2nd Tuesday of the month: Noon (open to community pediatricians)

Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
4th Thursday every month