Curriculum Highlights

Intern Orientation

Orientation takes place one week prior to the start of intern year and includes Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) as well as Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training, computer systems training, introduction to and shadowing experiences with residents on the inpatient teams, and fun events designed to allow the new class to get to know one another and the fantastic city of Cleveland. The week also includes a general introduction to University Hospitals and more specifically to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, both the people and the facility. Most evenings throughout the week feature an event hosted by the residency program.

Intern Core Conference Series

The educational series is designed to cover essential topics in pediatrics while building on some topics from orientation week. Topics range from pediatric basics such as fluid management and fever to communication skills like how to teach medical students and include both inpatient and outpatient subject areas. This series occurs throughout July and August during noon conference time and annually jumpstarts the yearlong noon conference curriculum.

Resident as Educator

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Residency Program offers unique experiences that allow the resident to develop not only as a clinician but as a clinician-educator. These include:

  • Junior Hospitalist “Silver Team”: This service, whose census is comprised entirely of general pediatric patients, not only allows the junior resident to develop independent patient management skills under direct attending supervision but also includes protected education time each morning. This time is devoted to learning the skills of educating on the wards and at the bedside as well as tips and tricks when in the role of ward supervising resident
  • Teaching Workshop: This summer retreat takes place prior to the senior year and provides resources and tips for the supervising resident for advanced teaching while on a busy inpatient service as well as skills for teaching throughout the resident’s career as a physician. Principles of giving and receiving effective feedback are also taught.
  • Medical Student Curriculum: Senior residents teach third-year medical students general pediatric topics paired with an online case-based resource.
  • Mentored Teaching Opportunities for Senior Residents: Each senior resident is responsible for presenting a morning conference based on an interesting case. In addition, they also complete an online module for the continuity clinic or inpatient electronic curricula. Both of these experiences are mentored directly by the faculty and chief residents.

Intern Retreat

Each fall our interns gather for 2 days for a retreat dedicated to professionalism and wellness. During the retreat interns learn more about each other and how their different styles and personalities effect their interactions with both each other and patients. In addition, residents learn the importance of taking care of themselves through workshops such as self defense and writing for wellness as well as activities including massages and bonfires.

Intern Rounds

Occurring once per week, intern rounds feature discussion of the management of interesting patients currently admitted to the hospital. The session is exclusive to the intern class and inclusive of medical students, moderated by the chief residents. Areas covered may also include interesting patients, time management skills, mock codes, or games focused on learning or reviewing medical knowledge and current medical literature.

Senior Rounds

Occurring four times each week, program leadership and other faculty, chief residents, and upper-level residents convene to discuss the approach to and management of interesting patients currently admitted. The sessions include board review questions and resident led critical analysis of current literature on pertinent topics.

Grand Rounds

Occurring once a week, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital hosts both locally and nationally renowned faculty to share or review topics within their areas of expertise. Frequently, residency alums and other community pediatricians join the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital house staff and faculty for Grand Rounds, which is also broadcast to local pediatricians through teleconferencing.

Candy Rounds

Occurring once per week, the chief residents round throughout the hospital to offer both candy and questions or brief presentations to each inpatient team regarding a given topic. These are fun and educational!

Junior Resident Communication Skills Workshop

Held just prior to the junior year, this session focuses on communication skills such as delivering bad news, communicating with ancillary staff members and managing difficult patient encounters in the acute, inpatient, or outpatient setting.

Senior Pediatric Board Review

Lead by subspecialty and general pediatric faculty, this 2 week course focuses on core content necessary for the American Board of Pediatrics licensing exam. Floor/ED coverage is provided so that all senior residents may attend.

Morning Conferences

Morning Report

A variation of traditional morning report, this conference is held twice per week and is facilitated by the chief residents and various faculty. One session is led by senior residents from the inpatient teams and is dedicated to discussing the management of complex patients. The other session is led by interns and is geared more toward the development of a differential diagnosis based off of the history and physical presented. Both morning reports are a great place to enhance one’s knowledge of inpatient medicine.

Patient Management Conference

Occurring once per week, this multidisciplinary case-based conference focuses on diagnostic and management issues and dilemmas. Residents present an interesting case and the faculty debate complex decisions in management and follow-up. Both pediatric and combined internal medicine/pediatric cases are presented.

Take a Guess Tuesdays

This visual diagnosis conference is dedicated to learning about the differential diagnosis and treatment of common (and not so common) pediatric problems through physical exam and radiographic images.

Rainbow Rounds

A residency program tradition and resident favorite, this is an interactive, case-based conference focusing on history, differential diagnosis and diagnostic workup. These cases are presented by a senior resident and are moderated by the chief residents.

Evidence-Based Medicine Journal Club

Occurring once a month during morning conference, Journal Club is an interactive conference reviewing recent publications from the pediatric literature moderated by the chief residents and/or faculty.

Primary Care Conference

Occurring 1-2 times per month, this case based conference explores common primary care management dilemmas. Residents have the opportunity to work through common primary care scenarios that may have multiple “correct” diagnostic and therapeutic options. Primary and subspecialty faculty help the residents to compare different approaches to these common problems. Recent examples have included topics such as failure to thrive, precocious puberty and a child with increasing head circumference.

Global Child Health Lecture Series

Occurring once per month, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Global Child Health lectures focus both on the work done internationally by Rainbow faculty and also on current issues affecting children around the world, from malnutrition and infectious diseases to child labor and forced conscription.

Ethics Conference

Facilitated by faculty members from the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Center for Pediatric Ethics, this case-based conference occurs once per month.

Research Skills Series

Faculty members present didactic sessions and facilitate group discussions regarding research skills, addressing the essential competencies necessary to carry out a successful research project as a resident. Separate discussions are offered for interns and upper level residents which focus on different phases of research projects specific to the residents’ level of training. The research experience culminates in a resident research day each June where, for over 40 years, residents have presented their research findings to their classmates and faculty.

Career Planning Series

Lectures and panel discussions are facilitated by both UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and community pediatricians for residents to begin to think about their careers in primary care, academic medicine, or subspecialty pediatrics.

Other Conferences/Education

Continuity Clinic Conferences

Facilitated by clinic preceptors before both morning and afternoon clinics, this curriculum involves group discussions on a variety of general pediatrics topics relevant to the outpatient setting.

Critical Care Conferences

Rotations in the PICU and NICU include specific lectures offered daily, covering core topics relevant to the care of critically ill children and neonates.

Computer Based Learning

Online learning modules provide additional instruction for topics including emergency patient care, newborn care and feeding, and general outpatient pediatrics.

Simulated Patient Learning

In addition to the patient volume and diversity seen in the outpatient and inpatient settings, simulation experiences build on clinical skill sets that demand added practice and experience. Delivery room management and resuscitation of the critically ill neonate is simulated using “Sim Baby”, a fully-functioningautomaton capable of representing a variety of physiologic derangements and responses to clinical interventions in real time. Further resuscitation practice for all pediatric ages is offered several times per month in the ED, PICU, and on the floors during mock codes. Simulation and practice of splinting and suturing is offered to all interns prior to rotating through the ED.

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