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UMass has over 150 students in each class and they are active participants in clinical activities in pediatrics ---on the ward especially, but also in our ICU’s, ER, and in primary care and specialty clinics. Our conferences feature numerous talks each year to prepare our residents for their important role as teachers.  Students are on the wards on a daily basis all through the year.

Topics from conferences from the last few months include:

  • Reviewing adult learning styles
  • The one minute preceptor
  • How to prepare and present case-based presentations
  • Making the transition from internship to senior resident
  • How to present at journal club 
  • Effective teaching techniques and giving feedback
  • Resident as leader of a clinical team, and as an advocate 
  • Respectful and effective communication
  • Coping with anxiety 
  • Work life balance
  • Incorporating meditation into daily practice 
  • Establishing professional self–identity

In addition to teaching students in the traditional settings, UMass pediatric residents have opportunities to precept in non-traditional settings. One of the special features of UMass Medical School and our Childrens Medical Center is that we are on the same campus. Students from all four years are just down the hall (as are our research faculty) and we have students in our midst on the wards and other units on a frequent basis, apart from the traditional clerkship experiences.  

Our residents participate in unique teaching with undergraduate students in ways such as:    

  • Precepting first and second year student in our Longitudinal Preceptor Program (LPP) in which two residents pair up to precept a first and second year students in a variety of settings -  wards, clinic, ER.  This has become a favorite experience for both students and residents.  
  • Participating in the third year clerkship evaluations and in administering the exams
  • Delivering talks and case conferences with faculty support to students throughout all 4 years of medical school
  • Joining faculty in running mini-rounds for teaching first and second year students on 5 East and PICU

These special teaching experiences are a high point for our students and residents, made in large part possible by the proximity of the school to the clinical areas and by the closeness of the residency and clerkship director and of the residency and clerkship coordinators (who share an office) in what is in essence a medical home for our learners.   

William "Jerry" Durbin, MD
Vice Chair, Pediatric Education