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Formal and informal medical education is the crux of residency training.  An integral part of each rotation is an extensive schedule of conferences, rounds and didactic sessions.  Teaching/learning time is protected and topics are based on resident preferences and requests, and the ABP recommended topics.

Rotating morning conferences:

  • Case conference with the chief residents
  • PALS
  • Global health
  • Advocacy
  • Core lectures
  • Attending Rounds
  • Morning Report
  • Neuropsych
  • Summer seminar
  • Grand rounds

Noon/afternoon conferences:

  • Support group
  • Housestaff Lunch
  • Radiology
  • Palliative care
  • Journal club
  • Intern block conference
  • Senior block conference

Attending Rounds are run by a rotating team of attendings whose specialties vary from general pediatrics to hospitalist medicine to subspecialty pediatrics. The attending discusses both primary care and hospital topics in a case based manner. This is a great opportunity for the residents to get to know the UMass faculty and community pediatricians better and to see how cases can be worked up in the outpatient world and transition to inpatient care.

Support Group is held weekly and is generally facilitated by a faculty member. It is a place for residents to gather to confidentially discuss the pressures of residency, caring for ill children, balancing work and home demands, and to support each other. Lunch is provided, as well as various activities including puzzles and coloring books.

Case Conference is held each Monday morning. Chief residents review weekend admissions and lead nonjudgmental discussions on diagnostic and management questions in these fresh cases. Hospitalist and subspecialty attending physicians lend their expertise to these interactive and engaging discussions.

Morning Report is a biweekly conference led by residents of all years on a rotating schedule. Residents meet with the pediatric chiefs before their assigned presentation to select a case, determine teaching points, and review effective teaching styles. This is an opportunity for individual residents to practice case presentations and facilitate discussion and participation among the group. Hospitalist and subspecialty attendings help create a rich and interesting discussion.

Core Lectures are given every Tuesday and consist of a 2-year rotation of high yield topics pertaining to both general pediatric knowledge and preparation for the pediatric board exam. These are led by faculty from each division.

Noon Conference is held three times a week, with lunch provided. Conference topics include: Morbidity & Mortality, Radiology, Pediatric Emergency Department, Journal Club, Housestaff Lunch, Palliative Care Conference and Wellness activities.

Summer Seminars are held on Fridays over the summer in place of Grand Rounds. These are occasionally divided into separate intern and senior topics, and otherwise involve group discussion. Topics are geared toward key core topics for early in the year, professional development, teaching strategies, and various case discussions.

Journal Club is held monthly and is a resident-run critical review of current literature. Resident teams select journal articles relevant to the practice of general pediatrics and review these with a corresponding faculty mentor. The residents then facilitate this monthly group discussion where we discuss the validity and usefulness of the literature presented.

Block Conference is held once per 4-week block in the afternoon. This is a 3-hour block of protected learning time during which residents hand off their pagers and clinical duties. Interns and seniors have separate conferences, such that the topics can be tailored to the level of the learner. Topics include core lectures, simulation, resident wellness, residents as teachers, and quality improvement.