The Department of Pediatrics has established a large variety of educational opportunities to present residents with a comprehensive core of pediatric knowledge over their three years of training.  Educational experiences occur in a variety of forums: direct patient care with one-on-one faculty supervision, teaching rounds, conferences, scientific presentations and personal study.

A monthly conference schedule is detailed below:






Morning Inpatient Morning Report

Inpatient Morning Report

Inpatient Morning Report

Inpatient Morning Report

Noon  Noon Conferences

Grand Rounds
(2nd and 4th Tuesday)

Housestaff Committees
(3rd Tuesday)

Swartz Rounds  and Ethics Rounds
(alternating months on 2nd Wednesday)

Housestaff Meeting
(3rd Wednesday)

Journal Club

Peds Place

Noon Conferences

Inpatient Morning Report
Inpatient Morning Report is a case based conference that takes places each weekday morning for residents on inpatient services and rotating medical students.  While one resident presents the case, a chief resident or pediatric attending is present to lead a focused discussion of potential differential diagnoses and management.  The team also helps review the interesting learning points from each case.  Other rotations also hold morning reports including a Night Float morning report where residents are able to review admission and cross-cover questions with an attending and now The General Pediatric Section case base conference.

Grand Rounds

Pediatric Grand Rounds is held each Tuesday and offers an excellent opportunity to learn from pediatric experts about specific health issues relating to children and young adults.  It is designed to provide information that will enhance physicians’ clinical skills and ability to diagnose and treat patients in the areas of pediatric subspecialties and primary care. The conferences are recorded and archived for future or repeated viewing. During your third year, if you chose, you may present a topic relating to your clinical research or scholarly activity.

Noon Conferences
Resident Noon Conference provides a structured learning environment to insure that residents receive comprehensive education on topics pertaining to the health of children.  Lunch is provided at all noon conferences. The typical schedule is at noon on Wednesday-Friday except for the special lecture series mentioned below.

  • Core Curriculum includes a series of lectures arranged into specialty blocks to cover an entire curriculum within 18 months.  Faculty present lectures to enhance resident’s medical knowledge and patient care abilities.
  • Intern Lecture Series is an annual noon conference series held Monday-Friday in July-August covering topics most important for our entering interns; however, it is a popular series by all residents regardless of level of training.
  • Board Review Series is an annual noon conference series held Monday-Friday in  May-June to specifically prepare our graduating residents for their board exams; however, this is a popular series by all residents as it covers high yield facts from several different specialty areas.

Journal Club

Journal Club is a monthly resident-led discussion of an article chosen by the housestaff and reviewed by the program director.  The goal is to gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts needed to evaluate research described in medical literature and to help illustrate the importance of using evidence-based medicine in daily practice.

Mortality and Morbidity is a monthly conference reviewing a clinical case to highlight strengths and weaknesses of the care provided.  The conference is structured to highlight the ACMGE six core competencies.  A significant proportion of the case is spent covering evidence based guidelines for any learning issues that arose through the patient’s care and during the review process.

PedsPlace is a weekly, interactive teleconference held each Thursday on the ACH campus.  It is broadcast and autostreamed throughout campus, the state, and the country.  We have even had residents from India join us for the conferences!  Discussion topics are varied but include topics that would be important for practicing general pediatricians and residents.

Mock Codes
In the Spring of 2007, ACH opened the state’s first fully functional simulation education center (SEC).  This center uses cutting edge computer technology for high fidelity simulation events and is rapidly transforming how medical students, residents, and patient care providers are being trained.

Residents participate in Mock Codes using the Simulation Education Center (SEC)  to enact various crisis situations involving children with respiratory distress or arrest, hemodynamic instability, and/or cardiopulmonary arrest.  During the simulations, instructors can identify and discuss areas in need of educational intervention with the goal of improving the quality of care delivered during resuscitations and, ideally, improve outcomes.