Innovative Education

Patient Safety and 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. Residents participate in a longitudinal patient safety and QI curriculum throughout residency as part of their morning report series. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in process improvement teams at the hospital system level to gain hands-on experience. Many opportunities for QI scholarship exist, with faculty mentorship in multiple divisions. Many residents have disseminated their QI work both locally and nationally.

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 annual session to prepare residents for leadership and supervisory roles as senior residents. Both leadership philosophy as well as practical applications are discussed in this interactive workshop.

Communication Course

This experiential learning workshop focuses on advanced communication skills in challenging situations. In a small group with faculty facilitators utilizing highly trained simulated patients, residents practice skills in a safe environment and reflect on their own reactions to emotionally difficult interactions.

Procedure Course for Interns

Interns receive simulation-based training in procedural skills such as:

  • Lumbar puncture
  • IV insertion
  • Bag valve mask
  • Tracheostomy management
  • G tube management
  • Central line care

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

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

Sedation Workshop

Senior residents undergo simulation-based training in procedural sedation for Senior Residents.

Trauma Course

This validated curriculum provides a 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

This annual workshop for second-year residents focuses 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 one-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 

Wellness Program

Through our comprehensive wellness program, we strive to provide residents with resources and avenues 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 2 day retreat at an off-site location. The program leadership facilitates sessions 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.