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Pediatric Residency Educational Conferences

We are dedicated to resident education. We have a phenomenal faculty who offer on the job education as well as participating in lectures during our core lecture series. We have a variety of departmental conferences attended by residents and faculty to discuss current cases and recent pediatric literature. We look closely at clinical experiences to ensure our residents get a broad picture of the entire field of pediatrics, with all its sub-specialties. We are constantly evaluating our curriculum and thinking about ways to keep it fresh, innovative and exciting.

Grand Rounds

When: Every Thursday 8:00-9:00am

What: 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.  One Grand Rounds session per month is a clinicopathology conference. This is a multidisciplinary conference during which a clinical case is presented by a faculty member and resident team with contributions relevant to the case by appropriate subspecialists, pathologists, and radiologists.

Core Curriculum Conferences

When: Every Thursday 12:30-1:50p

What: These are 40 minute 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. Sessions are facilitated by pediatric faculty members, faculty from other relevant departments and 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. We even occasionally take away residents’ pagers and have faculty answer pages to remind all staff that residents are not to be interrupted during this time. 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.

Board Review

When: 2 Thursdays per month 1:50-2:30p

What: Board review sessions are resident lead, informal and interactive reviews held twice a month following the core seminars.  A specific topic is assigned to each session by the Chief Resident(s) and senior residents sign up for the topic they would like to discuss.  During each session, the senior resident gives a short presentation on the topic they selected and review questions from MedStudy with their peers.  This time slot is used for a professionalism/ leadership curriculum lead by the Program Director and the resident wellness hour on the additional Thursdays each month.

Resident Rounds

When: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00-8:30am

What: Resident Rounds is one of the most important educational activities during residency training. Residents take turns presenting on topics that they have recently seen or that are interesting to them. We utilize different formats to keep the sessions interactive and target clinical reasoning skills such as developing meaningful differentials, using appropriate diagnostic tests and managing patients following the evidence-based medicine approach. This provides a forum for house staff to develop skills in presentation, diagnostic evaluation and patient management. 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 Conference (M&M)

When: Last Monday per month 8:00-9:00am

What: 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.  Residents take turns presenting these cases in which they may or may not have been involved. This also provides an opportunity for residents to learn about chart review and how to appropriately document clinical thought processes.

Universal Issues

When: Scheduled by Office of Graduate Medical Education

What: “Universal Issues” is a seminar series offered to residents in all disciplines at SIU by the Office of Graduate Medical Education.  It is designed to assist with the transition to residency as well as the transition 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.