Conferences & Learning

The University of Michigan Pediatric Residence Program is committed to providing an excellent educational experience to our residents. Our conference curriculum highlights our dedication to resident learning and is a distinction of our program. Conferences are held in the morning and over lunch every day during the week, and food is provided during each session.

Our conferences are engaging, interactive and very well attended.  They provide an excellent break from the day to learn, spend time with co-residents, and get to know some of the pediatric faculty.  Our conference curriculum is created specifically to provide a strong educational foundation for our residents.  In fact, we’ve found a direct correlation between Pediatric Board scores and our conference attendance!

Here are some examples of ongoing conferences:

Morning Report – Two to three times weekly we hold “Morning Report,” an interactive case conference that allows residents to work through the presentation, diagnosis and treatment of a challenging or interesting patient. These conferences are highly interactive and rely heavily on resident participation, with occasional clinical insights and pearls offered by faculty in attendance.

Core Conferences – Core Conferences are didactic lectures taught by experts in the field.  They are updated regularly to keep residents up-to-date on specialty pediatric care and master material for board certification.

Crash Course – Crash courses are held during July and August of each year.  These conferences are geared towards helping new residents transition into their new roles and develop core, practical pediatric skills and knowledge.

Night Team Case-Based Learning – Senior residents working on nights lead their team through short, yet challenging cases that focus on practical management of the acutely ill patient. Reference handouts and materials are provided to help work through the case and for personal learning.

Grand Rounds – Our weekly Grand Rounds presentations offer in-depth, state-of-the-art reviews of pertinent and contemporary pediatric topics. Presenters include departmental faculty, visiting professors and guest speakers from other institutions. These are exciting conferences that help us stay up-to-date on active issues in the field.

Evidence-Based Medicine – These lectures cover principles of evidence-based medicine, statistics, research design and practice-based learning.  

Journal Club – Senior residents select clinical questions of interest and a journal article on the topic.  Residents are paired with a faculty mentor and together lead discussion critically appraising their article.

Residents as Teachers – Residents attend monthly interactive workshop-conferences focused on improving their skills as educators.  Key points of educational theory are addressed including attributes of the excellent teacher, principles of adult learning, and strategies for giving and receiving effective feedback.  Senior residents and first-year residents attend separate workshops that address specific challenges faced by each group.

Inpatient Rounds – Last, but certainly not least, all of our faculty are committed to teaching during family-centered rounds and during free-time during the workday. Dedicated teaching sessions review material specific to current patients.  Family-centered teaching rounds are fantastic opportunities to learn practical knowledge and improve examination and communication skills.