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Educational Curriculum

The Pediatric Residency Program at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan sports a very robust educational program. Our educational activities include morning report three times per week, daily noon conferences and weekly grand rounds. We have divided the pediatric curriculum, as outlined by the American Board of Pediatrics, into 16 major topics or themes. Each block is focused on one theme; for example, the theme of Block 7 may be Endocrinology and, therefore, the conferences for that month will pertain to various topics in Endocrinology. With the curriculum cycling every 18 months, residents will have the opportunity to hear lectures on each topic or theme at least once and potentially twice during their training.

Our conferences are delivered in a variety of ways, including traditional lectures, interactive case-based didactics, jeopardy games, and team-based learning sessions. Our noon conference series includes faculty lectures, resident noon reports, Journal Club, Acute Care Resident Educational Series (ACRES), Morbidity and Mortality Conferences, Radiology Series, Board Review Conferences, Child Abuse and Advocacy Longitudinal Curriculum, Business 101 Series, Physical Examination Lecture Series, and an Intern Lecture Series. Below is a sample of a block educational calendar.

Sample of a Block Educational Calendar

We also offer a simulation in-situ program, which uses high fidelity simulators. Mock codes are run at least once per month by the director of simulation, chief residents and pediatric critical care staff; residents from all three years of training are selected to participate with a senior resident leading the code. In addition, our program offers a week-long pediatric board review course tailored to the American Board of Pediatrics content specifications. During this week, the participating senior residents are excused from all clinical duties to focus solely on board preparation. The annual board review lectures are given by faculty members, who are experts in their particular field, and the course is designed by the Vice Chair of Pediatric Education.

In addition to the above, our residents receive rotation-specific education and participate in daily teaching rounds. Residents are taught to be teachers as well as learners and promote their own education throughout their three years of training.