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Educational Conferences & Teaching Opportunities

Morning Didactics

Daily morning lectures are a case based collaboration between the residents, chief residents, and attendings.  These lectures are aimed to complement resident education as well as cover high yield topics for Pediatric Boards. Morning didactics is a fun and informal presentation that reviews key history taking and physical exam skills, brainstorming the differential diagnosis and reviewing the workup and management of the case discussed. It is attended by staff from multiple specialties.

Documentation Series

Documentation series is a weekly morning conference for the first 3 months of the academic year that is led by the chief residents. The series covers important key elements of documentation and transitions of care.

Peds in Review

This is a weekly lunch time discussion of a recent Peds in Review article that is facilitated by the chief residents and fellows from various subspecialties. The goal of this conference is to not only discuss common pediatric conditions but also to provide exposure to a great clinical and board resource.

Board Review

On Friday mornings, residents participate in a 30-minute pediatric board review session designed to create familiarity with the timed, multiple-choice test conditions of the Pediatric Boards. Resident performance is tracked throughout training to provide them with individual insight to the knowledge gained and progress made throughout residency training.

Pre-Clinic Conference

Before every continuity clinic, there is a resident and/or faculty-led learning session. Topics are selected by residents and their continuity clinic preceptors based on patient-related primary care curriculum. Residents take an active role by researching and presenting a topic monthly.

PICU Conference

During the PICU modules, faculty present various critical care topics in a small group format that varies between bedside teaching and table talks. These occur twice a week to supplement daily teaching on rounds.

Professionalism Series

Professionalism series is a lunch time conference that occurs weekly and covers core ethical and professional topics that are relevant to both pediatric boards and clinical experience. This series also includes debriefing sessions for difficult patient encounters.

Intern Lecture Series

The first two months of the academic year devote time each week during our Friday Core Educational Conference to topics that will prepare interns for their new role as a pediatric resident. Topics include reviews on fluids and electrolyte management, antimicrobials, asthma, etc.

Friday Pediatric Board Conference

Pediatric Residents have two hours of protected lecture time each Friday afternoon for our Core Education lecture series. Lectures are presented by our staff to cover subspecialty and general pediatric board preparatory topics directly taken from the American Board of Pediatrics exam content. Lunch is provided for all noon conferences. Residents provide real-time feedback to presenters through a mobile app.

Pediatric Nighttime Curriculum

The residency program recognizes the importance of providing learning opportunities for those residents working on night shifts. The program has organized a pediatric nighttime curriculum to help maintain education during night shift through a structured program.

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds

Staff attendings and guest lecturers are invited to present an hour-long update on recent advances in pediatrics. These conferences provide a venue for collaboration on continual improvement in patient care.

Morbidity & Mortality Conference

Mortality Review Committee discusses cases once a month in Grand Rounds as described above. These conferences provide awareness and allow for collaboration for continual improvement in patient care.

Evidence-based Medicine Curriculum

The Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Residency Program recognizes the practice of evidence-based medicine (EBM) as a skill set essential to lifelong learning for the purpose of maintaining one’s fund of current clinical knowledge. The resident's experience includes formulating a clinical question, applying basic literature search principles, and learning about different types of studies. Each resident dissects a study relevant to everyday clinical practice and presents the study to the group with emphasis on basic EBM concepts.  These activities are supported by EBM faculty, statisticians, and librarians.

Teaching Rotation

The Pediatric Resident Teaching Elective exposes pediatric residents to a rigorous teaching curriculum comprised of literature review, didactic sessions, observation and feedback of core teaching methods. Each resident will spend a week focusing on a subset of the following core topics: clinical reasoning, bedside teaching, observation and feedback, evidence-based medicine, learning styles and role modeling. The resident will be closely supervised by faculty each week.

Medical Students/Acting Interns

Our residents fulfill an important role in the teaching and supervision of ward medical students. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Case Western Reserve University have formed a collaborative medical education and research program. Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of CWRU (CCLCM) enrolled its first entering class in 2004 and is preparing physicians and scientists dedicated to advancing biomedical research and practice. The college admits students from a national and international pool of applicants. Our Pediatric Residency Programs collaborates with CCLCM Pediatric Interest Group.

In addition, medical students from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine participate in Cleveland Clinic Children's ward service. They also rotate through the general pediatric outpatient area as well as in the subspecialty clinics. Fourth-year students from a variety of medical schools also serve as acting interns on the ward service.