Morning report occurs 2 to 3 times a week and allows residents to present cases and think critically to form differential diagnoses and management plans for patients.
Grand Rounds features a variety of state-of-the-art topics presented by our own expert faculty, visiting professors, national, and international speakers.
The curriculum is based on the American Board of Pediatrics Content Specifications and is used as an adjunct to board preparation. Each 4-week period covers a specific subspecialty or organ system to help focus resident study. Interactive didactic sessions are given by general pediatric attendings, sub-specialists and guest speakers.
Health Equity Conferences
TRAIN Health Equity (Teaching Residents Anti-Racism and Investigating and Navigating Health Equity) is a monthly case-based conference led by residents with faculty input on topics surrounding health equity and disparities in medical care. Topics include racism, implicit bias, micro-aggressions, social determinants of health, immigrant health, health literacy, cultural competency, women in medicine, and limited English proficiency.
Outpatient Curriculum Topics
The resident on the Medical Education rotation presents outpatient curriculum topics in a case-based question/answer format with clinic faculty in attendance.
In the Evidence-Based Medicine curriculum, a pre-designated group of residents select a recent paper from the pediatric literature, present the article, and facilitate audience discussion. The program director moderates the discussion and attending physicians provide clinical context.
Residents learn about quality improvement through didactic sessions once a quarter. Sessions introduce core concepts of quality improvement and guide residents through their quality improvement projects.
We take the General Pediatrics Certifying Exam (the Boards) very seriously. We have an excellent patient volume that fosters experiential learning at the bedside, which has been shown to be the most effective way to pass the boards. Additionally, we have a Board Preparation Curriculum comprised of the following:
In Training Exams
All residents take the American Board of Pediatrics In-Training Exam in July each year. This exam simulates the Boards and guides the residents in creating their study plans.
Residents complete weekly PREP questions through a web-based test-taking platform and are provided immediate feedback. Questions follow the organ system of the month discussed during the corresponding didactic conferences. Additionally, residents complete a block of questions in one sitting every quarter to mimic a typical testing environment. Quarterly PREP question blocks are reviewed quarterly by an attending during a dedicated conference.
Board Review Didactic Block
During May and June each academic year, we run our Board Review Didactic Block. Conferences are dedicated to reviewing questions, high-yield content, and discussing test-taking strategies. Residents answer questions in real-time using polling software, and faculty discuss the answers.
Residents participate in scholarly activity in two main ways: Research and Quality Improvement. Residents have presented at national and regional conferences including the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, Pediatric Academic Societies, Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance, Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Annual Meeting, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Conference, American Thoracic Society Conference, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) Conference, Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative, the Orlando Health Quality Retreat, and the APH/WPH Research Symposium, among others.
Residents have the option to participate in research. Residents have completed prospective studies, retrospective studies, case series, and case reports during their training.
Residents participate in a Quality Improvement Curriculum during their residency, which incorporates Institute of Healthcare Improvement modules, didactic lectures, focused mentoring, and a Quality Improvement Project. Residents present their project formally during their PGY3 year.
Recent resident-led QI projects include:
- Improving Hospital Discharge Timeliness to Improve Throughput on the Pediatric Floor at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital
- Improving Breastfeeding by Providing Prescriptions for Breast Pumps for New Mothers in the Orlando Health Primary Care Pediatrics Clinic
- Therapists are Worth their Weight in Gold: Increasing Early Mobilization in Critically Ill Pediatric Patients
- Improving Access to Patient Education for Families with Limited English Proficiency in the Orlando Health Primary Care Pediatrics Clinic
- Improving Documentation of HEADSS Exams For Hospitalized Adolescents
- It's All in The Way You Say It! - Using Presumptive Language and Bundling Vaccines to Improve Influenza Immunization Administration Rates in the Orlando Health Primary Care Pediatrics Clinic
- Implementation of Appropriate Follow up Care for Adolescents Who Screen Positive and Meet DSM-V Criteria for Depression in the Orlando Health Primary Care Pediatrics Clinic
- Improving Breastfeeding Rates and Knowledge by Providing an Educational Handout for “All About Baby” Prenatal Classes at Winnie Palmer Hospital
- Assessing the Need for Inhaled Corticosteroid Prescriptions for Pediatric Asthma Patients Discharged from the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital Emergency Department
- Implementing Multilingual Formula Mixing Education in the Newborn Nursery
To improve resident response, comfort level and competency with commonly encountered scenarios in the critical care setting, residents are involved in simulated multidisciplinary codes while on the inpatient units.
This series includes the Breaking Bad News (BBN) workshop, which incorporates professional actors as standardized patients to prepare residents to effectively engage in difficult conversations with patients and families.
The Wellness Curriculum is composed of special didactic sessions, class retreats, meetings with our physician coaches, group activities outside of the hospital, and a Humanism Curriculum. For more information regarding wellness, visit our Wellness page.