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Didactic Training

In addition to hands-on learning centered on our broad patient base, we offer structured divisional didactic sessions. All fellows take a month long introductory course on clinical research and study design offered through the medical school. Monthly journal clubs foster evidence-based practice and critical appraisal of the literature. Monthly case based conferences allow us to learn from each other about interesting and challenging patients as well as engage in consultation with our other subspecialists. Fellows are expected to lead journal club as well as present at our case based conferences regularly during their fellowship.

In addition to divisional activities, our fellows participate in our hospital-wide fellowship curriculum, which focuses on research, quality improvement, and medical education and leadership skills. These sessions are run through the medical education department and involve pediatric fellows from all subspecialties. It is a rotating two-year curriculum to ensure that all areas are covered prior to fellowship completion.

A multitude of other educational conference and experiences are available to fellows as one of the benefits of being incorporated into a large, world-class academic medical center which serves as the primary teaching site for Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Some examples of excellent educational opportunities which are available to fellows within our program include:

  • Rainbow Pediatric Residency Program Conference Series (daily didactic conferences on a huge variety of topics)
  • Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds
  • Department of Pediatrics Advocacy Conference series
  • Fellows as Subspecialty Teachers (FAST) medical education track
  • Pediatric Ethics Rounds
  • Case School of Medicine Annual Educational Retreat

Fellows in our program are given the opportunity to attend the National PHM Fellows’ Conference annually.