Medical Education Conference Curriculum

We have created a diverse, well-rounded learning environment to prepare our residents for superior patient care and impart the knowledge to manage their profession as pediatricians.

Core Conference - Daily noon conferences provide the residents with a rolling, 18-month comprehensive core curriculum of pediatric topics as determined by the chief residents and program director. These are chosen from the ABP, PREP and ACGME core medical knowledge themes. Lectures are given by UofL faculty in the Department of Pediatrics.

Business Side of Medicine - These monthly lectures cover topics such as contract negotiation, what to do if you’ve been subpoenaed, malpractice coverage, and creating your CV.

Child Advocacy (P.U.S.H.)Each month, residents meet to discuss issues related to child advocacy within the framework of the resident-led child advocacy program, P.U.S.H. These meetings are a combination of project planning sessions as well as didactic sessions focusing on topics pertinent to child advocacy.

Communication - Delivering difficult news is never easy, but our communication curriculum gives residents the skills necessary to handle this challenging responsibility as well as more routine tasks such as phone consults and patient handoffs. On a monthly basis, residents meet to focus on communication as it relates to patients and their families as well as other healthcare professionals. With a goal of exceeding the ACGME's core competencies of Interpersonal and Communication Skills and Professionalism, the communication curriculum is delivered in a variety of formats through a combination of workshops, video sessions and standardized patient encounters over 18 months.

Grand Rounds - This is a weekly, one-hour conference that is available to all pediatric faculty and residents. A wide variety of topics pertinent to general pediatrics are covered. These sessions are given by a combination of invited speakers and faculty within the department.

Medical Education Business Meetings - During these monthly meetings, resident issues and ideas for program improvement are discussed openly among the residents, chief residents, program director, associate program directors and office staff.

Mentoring program - Each resident chooses a mentor at a “mentorship fair” at the beginning of the academic year. Following this fair, new interns are paired with faculty who have similar interests both in and out of medicine as well as personality traits. Once matched, residents and mentors meet both independently
and during scheduled meetings throughout the year. Topics covered during these meetings include: clinical performance, program engagement and time management, personal wellness, lifelong learning, and planning for the future.

Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) - Each month, faculty, residents, and students participate in this resident-led, multidisciplinary conference aimed at improving patient safety and quality of care. Cases are chosen by the Pediatric M&M Committee, consisting of pediatric residents, chief residents, and faculty.

Morning Report - This daily session offers a format for residents to discuss newly admitted patients and follow-up of interesting and complex cases. It gives the residents a perspective on the variety of illnesses in the hospital each day and the opportunity to discuss in-depth specific educational topics.

PREP Party - Based on resident feedback, we implemented a new approach to Board Study where the residents work through board review questions that pertain to a suggested reading assignment for each month. The conference is led by either a chief resident or a program director in addition to a guest faculty member from the “specialty of the month” who helps facilitate discussion and expand on the questions/explanations.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety - Our Quality Improvement (QI) and Patient Safety curriculum consists of monthly sessions with brief didactics on common QI methods/topics. These didactics are followed by working meetings in which residents participate in team-based QI and safety projects both in the hospital and in our clinics. Residents work with faculty and nursing mentors on process evaluation, root cause analysis, and designing and implementing Plan-Do-Study-Act(PDSA) cycles. Residents take turns acting as the "Champion" for their team, moving their projects forward between these noon meetings. Senior residents also participate and report in Daily Safety Briefings on their inpatient ward rotations.

Resident Grand Rounds - All pediatric faculty, residents and students are invited to attend this weekly conference where interesting case-based presentations are made by Pediatric and Med-Peds residents. 

Wellness Curriculum - The wellness curriculum includes quarterly noon sessions focused on nutrition, exercise, coping with grief and stress and other topics related to personal wellness; Fun Friday "free lunch hours" on the fifth Friday of the month; assistance from the OME due to burnout, stress, depression or other personal issues; formation of a spouse/significant other support group, including an event during resident orientation; and a monthly community event calendar. Additionally, “Resilience Rounds” gives residents the opportunity to
debrief and process difficult events in either written or discussion format. These sessions will be moderated by our clinical psychology staff who can also provide tips for coping with stress and building resilience.

Additional Conferences & Workshops

Crisis Management Program with Simulation -
Pediatric residents participate in 2-4 simulated crisis management scenarios per academic year as part of our Crisis Management Program. We created numerous emergent scenarios that require residents to demonstrate skills in airway management and intubation, cardiac arrest and CPR, arrhythmia management and defibrillation, shock management, seizure management, needle thoracostomy, and more. These sessions include an orientation, the session itself, and a debriefing period. Assessment of knowledge, patient care, systems based practice, communication and team dynamics are completed by the team about themselves and the experience. The faculty preceptors and nurses involved also complete evaluations that are available to the resident for review.

Research Luncheon - This monthly meeting provides both residents and faculty a forum to present their research to the entire pediatric faculty. Residents who do a research elective are required to present at this conference if they are not presenting at a national meeting.

Residents as Teachers - Residents as Teachers (RATs), first offered in 2007, is a full day workshop for residents in all specialties to teach, discuss, and practice the principles of adult education that will help them in teaching medical students, patients, other residents, and of course faculty and staff. Offered four times during the spring, this interactive curriculum includes small group work supported by clinicians and medical educators as facilitators and SPs to help residents practice new instructional skills.