Educational Curriculum

The three year curriculum for trainees is designed to enhance and reinforce the clinical experience, and promote a culture of self-directed learning. In addition to Division level conferences, the Medical Education Department offers a Fellowship Core Conference series covering a wide range of topics relevant to all pediatric subspecialists. Topics covered include teaching skills, contract negotiation, medicolegal aspects of pediatric care among many others. Our divisional didactics include the following conferences.

Weekly Professor’s Rounds

In this conference a recent or current ICU case is presented by the on-service Fellow to a faculty member and a comprehensive scrutiny of care and management is discussed. This is a particularly popular conference with our Fellows.

Twice-Weekly Didactics:

The Fellow’s didactic lecture series covers a wide range of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine topics, including both basic physiologic processes as well as disease specific states relative to the care of critically ill pediatric patients. These lectures are facilitated by both Divisional faculty as well as outside speakers. The lecture format varies, and includes traditional didactics, a “book club,” where Fellows lead a discussion of salient chapters from Fuhrman & Zimmerman’s Pediatric Critical Care, and a “classic journal club,” a Fellow-led discussion of seminal articles in critical care medicine. The scope of the course is meant to cover the core content of pediatric critical care training as set forth by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Bi-Weekly Journal Club:

Two to five recent studies or investigations relevant to the practice of critical care are presented and critiqued in detail. The ability to interpret, critique and apply current evidence is quickly developed through this conference.

Bi-Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Conference:

In this conference all admissions to the ICU are reviewed with particular attention paid to elements of system based practice and quality improvement. A “case of the week” and “save of the week” are presented by the Fellows and salient features are discussed. This is a multidisciplinary conference that includes colleagues in other specialties, nursing, respiratory therapy, social work, child life, pharmacology and others.

Bi-Weekly Lab Meeting:

In this forum Fellows present their evolving scholarly activity to the members of the division and their SOC members in a collegial environment that provides timely and specific recommendations for the Fellows’ research activities. This is meant to serve as a mentoring session for work in progress, although ultimately it serves as a forum for the preparation for national presentations and publications.

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