Conferences and Education
We place the highest priority on resident education.
Here is a sample schedule for our educational conferences for a typical month. Below you will find an explanation of each educational conference:
- Noon conference - Daily hour-long lecture series within a year-long curriculum. Curriculum also includes the Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Journal Club with program director, chief residents, invited faculty, and residents discussing recent articles and developing EBM skills; primary care conference for attendings and third-year residents; morbidity and mortality conferences focused on cases as part of a safety curriculum developed in conjunction with our risk management department; and board review for second-year residents.
- Professional rounds - Weekly on Thursdays in place of noon conference. Attendings and fellows join residents in an interactive, multidisciplinary discussion of clinical cases.
- Morning Report -Twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 to 8:30 am.
Residents discuss patient experiences, formulate assessments, form appropriate differential diagnoses, and decide on the necessary work-up or management. Mock codes enable Emergency Department attendings and fellows to lead residents through scenarios in a year-long resuscitation curriculum.
- Attending Rounds (Teaching Rounds) - Three to four times per week before rounds.
Attendings, residents, and medical students on each inpatient team review topics and discuss specific questions related to their current cases.
- Children's National Grand Rounds - Weekly on Wednesday from 8 to 9 am from September through June. All teams attend lectures featuring nationally recognized speakers.
Residents have access to medical education resources through our intranet and library, both of which can be remotely accessed from home. Our hospital on-site library provides access to journals in both print and electronic format.
Other education experiences for our residents include:
- Resuscitation Day - Full-day workshop for all finishing PL1s. Features Emergency Department faculty reviewing key resuscitation skills with core lectures. High-fidelity simulators are used to assess competence with devices and techniques such as bag-valve-mask ventilation, vascular access, and chest tube placement.
- Research Day - Annual day for all hospital staff to present their research. All PL3 resident REACH projects are presented.
- Intern Retreat - Three-day, two-night offsite retreat for interns with the chair of pediatrics, program director, associate program directors, and chief residents. Interns get to know one another through sessions focused on individual personalities, group dynamics, as well as teaching and feedback skills.
- ResidentBook - A secure site for all pediatric residents to enhance learning. Residents, students, and faculty can search, upload, and house online training and education-related information.
Categorical Track residents (as well as our Pediatric Genetics and Pediatric Neurology residents) have the option of participating in continuity clinic at the Children's Health Center at Children's National, where they work closely with academic general pediatric faculty in the model of primary care in a tertiary care setting. Each clinic session begins with didactic teaching, led by an attending or resident. Residents are given a high degree of autonomy, with preceptors easily accessible for guidance when needed. Currently 40 percent of the Categorical Track residents have their continuity clinics at off-campus sites. These include the five community clinics and the Mobile Health Program affiliated with Children's Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health, Children’s Pediatricians and Associates (CP&A) practices, numerous suburban and urban private pediatric offices, and clinics associated with local health maintenance organizations.
Community Health Track
Children's National Community Health Track residents attend continuity clinics in the community at sites affiliated with the Children's Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health in both Northwest and Southeast DC. Education in continuity clinic sessions is focused on a blend of primary care and community pediatrics. Each site typically has one resident from each year of the community track, so residents have the opportunity to interact with other members of the Track as well as their community preceptors.
Primary Care Track
Residents in the Primary Care Track attend continuity clinic at Children's Pediatricians and Associates (CP&A) at Foggy Bottom, the same site where they practice for five months continuously in their second and third years. This busy downtown practice provides care for patients from a wide variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, so residents are exposed to a variety of patient perspectives to enhance their education.