Innovative Education

Quality Improvement Curriculum

Residents learn the nuts and bolts of QI and get hands-on experience using the tools of QI to scientifically and systematically affect change, reduce medical errors, and improve patient care. The curriculum consists of interactive QI learning workshop during Intern Year, and hands-on experience during which residents work closely with a faculty mentor experienced in QI to devise and complete their own individual QI project.

Scholarly Projects

All residents participate in a scholarly project which they develop based on their own interests, working closely with a self-identified faculty mentor. The projects are innovative and range from basic or clinical research to case reports to medical education/curriculum development projects.

Leadership Workshop

Chief residents lead this interactive workshop to prepare residents for leadership and supervisory roles as senior residents.

Communication Course

Small-group experiential learning workshop focused on advanced communication skills in challenging situations. Residents practice skills in a safe environment and reflect on their own reactions to emotionally difficult interactions.

Procedure Course for Interns

Simulation-based training in procedural skills such as:

  • Lumbar puncture
  • IV insertion
  • Bladder catheterization
  • Tracheostomy management
  • Arterial puncture

OCRAPP (Organized Care and Rapid Approach of the Pediatric Patient)

Multimedia and simulation-based skill stations and case-based training during intern orientation that reviews management approaches for responding to an acutely ill patient in the wards.

Sedation Workshop

Simulation-based training in procedural sedation for Senior Residents.

Trauma Course

Combination of independent online learning as well as high-fidelity, simulation case-based approaches to the management of a pediatric trauma patient.

Death and Dying Workshop

An annual workshop for second-year residents focused on communication skills and emotional responses to the death of a child. Residents have the opportunity to talk with bereaved parents and expert faculty, reflect on their own emotions and practice advanced communication skills in a safe environment.

Teaching Curriculum

Our Teaching Curriculum aims to enhance residents’ abilities to serve as teachers, both to medical trainees and to patients and families. Interactive sessions are held quarterly, in which residents get exposure to concepts like adult learning theory, the one-minute preceptor model, and common errors in medical decision-making. The curriculum culminates in a two-week Teaching Resident rotation in the third year, during which each resident has an opportunity to showcase and enhance teaching skills in a variety of settings, from small-group discussions to large-group lectures.

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Residents experience state-of-the-art training at the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research (WISER) in an effort to improve education through simulation. The WISER Center in Oakland and the WISER Pediatric Simulation Satellite Center at Children’s Hospital allow residents and students to gain hands-on education through simulation for a variety of clinical situations.

Residents currently participate in simulation training in:

  • Approach to the pediatric trauma patient
  • Arterial puncture
  • Bladder catheterization
  • Intern resuscitation course and approach to acutely ill patients
  • IV insertion and venipuncture
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Mock codes
  • Procedural sedation
  • Specific procedure training
  • Tracheostomy management

Motivational Interviewing

Residents learn and practice the skills of effective behavior change via motivational interviewing during an annual workshop with expert behavioral medicine faculty. Additional sessions are scheduled during the Adolescent Medicine rotation.

Wellness Program

Residents are supported to develop and maintain their own health and well-being. As part of our Balance in Practice series, residents have the opportunity to participate in small group discussions led by senior Triple Board residents and Pediatric faculty. Example discussion topics including processing resident experiences, work/life balance, stress reduction, physical wellness (exercise, preventive care, mental health care), spiritual wellness, mindfulness, and professional development.

Intern Retreat

Each fall, we celebrate the interns’ hard work and bring them together for a 2½ day retreat at an off site location. The program leadership facilitates sessions on self-assessment and stress management, while blocking off plenty of time for socializing, relaxing, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Read about the weekly learning sessions available in the Pediatric Residency Program.