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 report 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 also attended by staff from multiple specialties. There are many occasions where this session is facilitated by our Program Director, Dr. Kwon, as well!

Lunch & learn sessions

Every Thursday afternoon, we aim to have one hour of lecture time in the afternoon to supplement our Core Education lecture series on Fridays. 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.

Pediatric board review

On Friday mornings, residents participate in an hour-long pediatric board review session designed to create familiarity with the timed, multiple-choice test conditions of the Pediatric Boards. Teams are formed based on training year and points earned for correct answers. A prize is awarded at the end of the year to the class with the most points.

Friday core educational conference

Every Friday afternoon, residents have two hours of protected lecture time in the afternoon with 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. The chief residents cover the pagers of all inpatient residents during this time so they may maximally benefit from the didactics.

Continuity clinic curriculum

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 a patient-related primary care curriculum. Residents take an active role by researching and presenting a topic monthly.

PICU conferences

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.

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.

Grand rounds

Every Tuesday morning, 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 and presents cases once a month during 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 research studies. Each resident dissects a study relevant to everyday clinical practice and presents the study to the other residents with emphasis on basic EBM concepts. These activities are supported by EBM faculty, a selected faculty mentor and librarians.

Second continuity clinic

Senior residents have the opportunity to elect a secondary half day continuity clinic. Residents interested in fellowship training can pursue a clinic in the subspecialty of their choice, and residents interested in primary care can elect to have a clinic in a contrasting ambulatory site. Residents can also elect to use this time in place of a longitudinal research elective.

Teaching opportunities: medical students/acting interns

Our residents fulfill an important role in the teaching and supervision of medical students from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine on both inpatient and outpatient rotations. The students are an integral part of the team and given gradually increasing responsibility for their patients, under the guidance of the residents and staff. We have many 4th year medical students who rotate acting as an intern to gain the skills in preparation for residency and our residents play a strong role in teaching these rotators as well.