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Conferences and Rounds

Core Curriculum Conferences - Thursdays 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Morning Rounds

These are seminars dedicated to the "Core Curriculum" based upon educational requirements for Pediatric Resident Education by the American Board of Pediatrics, the Academic Pediatric Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other educational societies. Seminars are facilitated by pediatric faculty members, faculty from other relevant departments and, occasionally, visiting speakers. The purpose is to enhance individual study and help prepare residents for boards. Attendance is mandatory for all residents and this is considered "protected" educational time during which residents are excused from all clinical duties. The Core Curriculum is scheduled as a rotating three-year curriculum so that all residents are equally prepared for boards after completing their residency. Topics are scheduled far in advance to allow plenty of time for preparation and distribution of related readings.

Grand Rounds - Thursdays - 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Grand Rounds provides an opportunity for medical students, residents, and attending physicians to gain insight to a vast array of topics in Pediatrics. Topics include common clinical problems as well as exciting new research. Presenters include Pediatric faculty members in Ambulatory Pediatrics, Pediatric Subspecialties, and visiting professors from nationally renowned institutions. Grand Rounds is attended by many members of the Springfield pediatric community including staff pediatricians, full-time faculty, medical students, house staff, nurses, and hospital administrators. The presentations are also teleconferenced to eleven other sites in Illinois.

Clinicopathology Conference - Thursday (monthly) - 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

One Grand Rounds session per month is a "CPC" multidisciplinary conference. A clinical case is presented by a faculty member and resident team with contributions relevant to the case by appropriate subspecialists, pathologists, and radiologists.

Tumor Board – Thursday (monthly) - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

This monthly discussion focuses on radiological, pathological, and surgical findings along with treatment and management of patients from the pediatric hematology/oncology department, with multidisciplinary attendance by faculty, residents, and medical students from these specialties.

Journal Club – Tuesday (monthly) - 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Journal Club is the evidence-based medicine seminar for our residents.  Statistics and validity tools are explained to help residents conduct effective searches and find answers to their clinical questions in recent articles. Attended by faculty and house staff, journal club focuses on learning how to interpret data presented in journals and how to incorporate that information into their daily practice.

Resident Rounds - Mondays and Fridays - 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Morning Report has historically been one of the most important educational activities during residency training. It provides an interactive forum for house staff to develop skills in presentation, diagnostic evaluation and patient management. This is an open forum allowing participants to develop a meaningful differential diagnosis, appropriate utilization of diagnostic tests and an evidence-based medicine approach to the evaluation and management of the patient. The presenter identifies critical points for discussion and formulates questions encouraging analytical thinking by participants. Faculty help facilitate but do not dominate the discussion.

Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference - Monday (monthly) - 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

This is a closed forum that includes SIU Pediatric Residents, Faculty and occasionally invited guests from other departments who were involved in a case being discussed. The goal is to provide residents with the necessary knowledge and skills so they will be able to assume responsibility for peer review, quality improvement and risk management activities in their post-residency careers. The conference is also a forum to identify and address system issues.  Pertinent literature is reviewed and the case is discussed briefly and non-confrontationally. Issues that may have contributed to the undesirable outcome(s) are identified and solutions are proposed to avoid similar problems in the future. M&M conference encourages accountability, fosters medical maturity, promotes academic growth and leadership and serves as a forum for interdisciplinary growth.

Child Abuse Response Team - Thursday (monthly) - 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

The Child Abuse Response Team holds a monthly meeting to review child abuse cases from the hospital. Team members include pediatric, obstetric, and family medicine faculty and house staff, pastoral care, child life specialists, nursing, social services, case management, as well as representatives from DCFS, the Child Advocacy Center, State's Attorney Office, and the Police Department.

Board Review – Monday (monthly) - 12:00-1:00 p.m.

The board review sessions are informal, interactive reviews held monthly with residents and one rotating faculty member.  A specific reading section is assigned in advance, and upon arrival residents take a “quiz” to assess their knowledge of the material.  The questions are then discussed with the faculty member, who reviews key points of the material as well as test-taking tips.

Universal Issues – as schedule by the Office of Residency Affairs

“Universal Issues” is a seminar series offered to residents in all disciplines at SIU by the Office of Residency Affairs.  It is designed to assist with the transition to residency as well as on to future careers. Topics include Sleep & Fatigue education, Residents as Teachers, Stress Management, and Finding Your Dream Job, among others. Residents are excused from clinical duties to attend these workshops.


Inpatient Service Rounds - Daily - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The attending hospitalist and senior resident of the inpatient service lead the inpatient team in case presentations. Typically, rounds are "family-centered" and are conducted at the patients' bedsides and include residents, medical students, nursing, as well as the family. The goal of rounds is to develop meaningful differential diagnosis, appropriate utilization of diagnostic tests and evidence based medicine approach to the evaluation and management of patient care.

Hem/Onc Rounds - Daily - 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Daily discussion of hematology/oncology cases led by the attending and attended by house staff and medical students.

PICU Rounds - Daily - 9:00 a.m.

Under the direction of the attending intensivist, the PICU team rounds on patients in the PICU and discusses treatment and management. The PICU team, nursing staff, pharmacists, and respiratory therapists attend rounds.

NICU Rounds - Daily, Monday – Friday 9:00am

Attending neonatologists, residents, and neonatal nurse practitioners discuss neonatal disease processes and patient management. Rounds are conducted bedside which allows involvement by nursing staff, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, as well as family members.