Weekly Learning Sessions

Morning Report

In the Weekly Learning Sessions,Grand Rounds are held every Thursday at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.Senior or Intern Morning Report is held three times a week. This interactive and educationally rigorous session consists of a patient case presented by a resident. The discussions highlight an interesting diagnosis or management dilemma and incorporates current evidence and expert opinion from participating faculty members. The goals are to practice and refine the art of oral presentation, synthesize complex clinical information, develop and hone clinical reasoning skills, and discuss various management strategies.

Monthly educational sessions that take the place of traditional morning report include:

  • To Err is Human: A monthly group discussion and reflection sessions exclusively for interns. Faculty facilitators create a safe environment in which residents discuss medical errors or problems in communication that may impact patient safety.
  • Evidence Based Medicine: Each teaching resident will lead one EBM session. Residents choose a clinical question based on their interest, search the literature for evidence, and then lead a discussion regarding their literature search, the evidence, and applicability to our clinical practice.
  • Senior Safety Rounds: In this session facilitated by faculty with training and expertise in QI and patient safety, senior residents discuss recent cases that illustrate principles of patient safety. We discuss the specifics of each case in addition to the overarching principles that help us to improve the conditions leading to errors in patient care. This is a multidisciplinary session, attended by the safety team, pharmacists, and other staff whose contribution is essential to the discussion.

Zitelli Rounds

Noon Conferences are held every three days at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.Every Friday morning, one senior resident presents a challenging pediatric case. Residents develop a differential, initial workup, and management. The conference is attended by representatives from multiple subspecialty divisions and is moderated by a senior faculty member. This has become one of the most popular conferences as it allows residents to hear multiple specialty perspectives on difficult cases.

Chair Report

Chair Report is held once a week for senior residents in core outpatient rotations. This session is a unique opportunity for senior level residents to present and discuss one or more overnight cases with the Chair of Pediatrics, Dr. Dermody. The focus of this session is to hone medical decision-making and identify gaps in knowledge while building individual relationships with the Chair.

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds are held every Thursday morning. These department-wide conferences are sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics and consist of topics that include a combination of faculty and visiting speakers providing expert presentations of pediatric topics as well as the latest developments and advancement in pediatric research.

Noon Conferences

These conferences are held daily and consist of a variety of topics in the core pediatric curriculum in the format of both didactic lectures and interactive case-based discussions. Ethics, global health, learning to teach, the career development curriculum, and wellness activities are also held during these sessions

Board Review

Once a week during noon conference time, senior residents attended board review sessions in which a senior resident or fellow reviews board-style questions in an interactive format. The topics are chosen based on the content specifications of the American Board of Pediatrics Certifying Exam

Intern Boot Camp

This is a weekly intern-only session, focusing on the specific educational needs of the interns. Interns generate the topics for their own learning. Sessions are facilitated by interns, senior residents, fellows, and faculty.

Nighttime Learning

The formal learning sessions for residents on Night Team rotations occur each morning at the end of the shift. Residents spend 30 minutes discussing their overnight experiences with one of the hospitalist attendings, offering a time to reflect on the learning that took place during this autonomous period of patient care. These conversations usually include information about new patients admitted overnight, focusing on clinical reasoning and decision-making; management of existing patients on the service; and any safety issues that arose. In addition, time is usually reserved for the attending to provide feedback to the Night Team residents about their performance. An additional educational session occurs once weekly for Night Team residents, led by an evening Pediatric Hospital Medicine attending and focusing on core pediatric topics.

Emergency Department Educational Sessions

There are dedicated sessions for residents while rotating through the emergency department which focus on emergency department topics and scenarios. These discussions encompass simulation sessions, formal lectures, and hands-on procedural training.

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