Residents as Teachers

Our pediatric residency training program strives to educate residents in the knowledge, skills, and art of being an effective teacher. Structured activities addressing teaching skills and the principles of adult learning are incorporated throughout the curriculum. Residents learn by modeling the behavior and actions of expert teachers, from educational didactics given by these expert teachers, and by practicing their own teaching skills.

  • Master Teacher Leadership Development Program. Attending physicians skilled in the art and science of teaching serve as role models for Children’s National residents. More than 60 faculty members have completed graduate level coursework and obtained certificates in medical education through a unique program at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education. These faculty lead the educational programs at Children's National.
  • Workshops on Teaching Skills. Workshops on a variety of skills such as the provision of feedback, working with medical students, and learning styles are interspersed throughout the program – including during intern orientation, intern retreat, senior orientation, and noon conferences.  “Resident as Teacher” interactive workshops for second-year residents feature simulations, blended learning, and standardized learners.
  • Teaching Resident Rotations. During clinical rotations in both inpatient at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md., and outpatient at Children’s Health Center settings, residents serve as a “teaching resident.” In this capacity, they prepare didactics for their peers, facilitate teaching sessions, and precept junior trainees.
  • Inpatient Senior Supervisory Rotations. Residents are encouraged to demonstrate autonomy over their training that affords them the ability to act in a supervisory role and lead rounds during their senior years. Their first senior resident role occurs during the PL2 rotation at Holy Cross Hospital, where residents receive a formal workshop and a curriculum designed to support and give feedback on their leadership skills in a community setting. Throughout the inpatient senior months, weekly workshops are held to enhance and support the teaching skills of senior residents for in-the-moment application.  These sessions are led by Hospitalists and Chief Residents, with topics including Teaching in a Busy Inpatient Setting, Motivating Adult Learners, Giving Feedback, Teaching EBM, and Facilitating a Teaching Session.
  • Simulation Curriculum. Scenarios provide residents opportunities to practice teaching skills to educate members of the interdisciplinary team, including parents, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other allied health professionals.
  • Teaching Conferences. Residents have multiple opportunities to gain the skill and experience in leading interactive teaching sessions including Morning Report, Professorial Rounds, Primary Care Conference, and Board Preparation Noon Conferences.
  • Feedback and Evaluations. Residents receive formal feedback and evaluations of all of their teaching activities. Supervisory faculty use web-based tools to evaluate conferences and lectures led by residents. Medical students assess resident teaching as part of their rotation requirements, and resident teaching awards are given annually by the medical students. Automated summary reports of resident teaching are provided by the George Washington University School of Medicine and are placed in the resident’s electronic portfolio.