Attendance at scheduled conferences is monitored, with a goal of 70% attendance to account for clinical obligations and time off. The entire conference series addresses the first three aims of the program, with a primary emphasis on successful passage of the American Board of Pediatrics exam following completion of the training program. During the CoVID-19 pandemic, conferences are held via videoconference to allow for the safety and wellness of our residents and staff. Our conferences are recorded and can be viewed at any time.
Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Grand rounds are held weekly with some exceptions during the academic year. Speakers include Baylor Scott & White pediatric medical staff, guest lecturers and residents . Several of the guest speakers are known nationally or internationally in their area of expertise. General and subspecialty clinical issues, health policy and pediatric research are some examples of the types of topics presented.
Critical Thinking Conference (CTC)
This conference is conducted weekly and is moderated by the program director(s). Topics include: Clinical Pathology Conference (CPC), Risk Management Conference (RMC), intern presentations and leadership updates. CPCs are presented by PGY-3 residents and consist of case discussion, differential diagnosis, work-up in diagnosis and final diagnosis. All residents are required to complete six RMCs, including risk management/ethics lectures/modules over the course of their residency. These lectures are given by individuals from the hospital’s legal office and cover issues such as jousting, confidentiality, sexual harassment, HIPAA and informed consent. Intern presentations consist of interesting cases from the inpatient/outpatient services. Leadership updates focus on providing information regarding ongoing changes in health care delivery in the outpatient and inpatient settings.
Core Curriculum (Half-day Conference)
Residents have weekly half day conference led by various faculty and staff members. They cover a broad range of board-relevant topics that encompass both general and subspecialty clinical areas. Additional topics such as excellence in telemedicine, billing/coding, child advocacy, residents as teachers, evidence based medicine, quality improvement, procedural skills, food insecurities, and social determinants of health supplement the core medical knowledge series.
A discussion based, multidisciplinary journal club series based on a nationally recognized curriculum is facilitated by PGY-3's who are mentored by faculty in their areas of clinical expertise. Residents read an article of current literature to facilitate discussion and focus on mastering evidence based medicine concepts through guided practice.
Simulation is shifting the paradigm of medical education from didactic lectures to a hands-on approach. Simulation also supports the practice of safer medicine.
In pediatrics, the residents perform mock codes both in the simulation center and at the bedside every block under the supervision of one of the PICU/MSU physicians. The attending physicians also work one-on-one with residents throughout the course of their residency to become more comfortable with specific procedures, including bag-valve mask technique, neonatal and pediatric intubations, central line placement, IV placement, and other resuscitation skills.
Our residency wellness events vary from balint-type group discussions to social gatherings as well as annual program wide and class specific retreats.