Weekly Learning Sessions

Morning Report

Senior or Intern Morning Report is held three times a week. This interactive and educationally rigorous session consists of a patient case is presented by a resident. The goals are to develop clinical reasoning skills and to practice and refine the art of oral presentation and synthesis of complex clinical information. The discussions highlight an interesting diagnosis or management dilemma and incorporates current evidence and expert opinion from participating faculty members.

To Err is Human: Monthly group discussion and reflection sessions during which residents discuss medical errors or problems in communication that may impact patient safety.

Evidence Based Medicine Morning Report: Bi-weekly session led by the PL-3 Teaching Resident. 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: Monthly session during which 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, and is attended by the safety team, physicians, pharmacists, and other staff whose contribution is essential to the discussion.

In the Weekly Learning Sessions,Grand Rounds are held every Thursday at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Chair Report

Chair Report is held once a week for night and core clinic seniors. 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.

Zitelli Rounds

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.

Noon Conferences are held every three days at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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, residents as teachers, and the career development curriculum are also held during these sessions.

Board Review

Sessions occurring once a week during noon conference time attended by senior residents and led by the teaching resident or a subspecialty fellow, which 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.

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.

Read about the innovative education opportunities available in the Pediatric Residency Program.