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:
Weekly PREP Questions
Residents complete weekly PREP questions through a web-based test-taking platform. These PREP questions are reviewed each month 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.
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.
Evidence-Based Medicine is a monthly conference that is led by the program director, an expert in EBM. A pre-designated group of residents select a recent paper from the pediatric literature and facilitate audience discussion. content participate and provide clinical context.
Clinical Pathology Conference (Professor’s Rounds)
This conference is a resident favorite. Interesting multidisciplinary cases are presented and then subspecialists, radiologists, pathologists, the medical examiner, and guests from the health department present their perspectives on the case.
Residents learn about quality improvement through didactic sessions. All residents also participate in a quality improvement project. Examples of resident projects include:
Examples of current projects include: All About Baby Prenatal Classes, Sickle Cell pain pathway, Lipid Screening in the Clinic, Improving Hospital Discharge process, Depression screening, Immigrant Health, among other projects.
Outpatient curriculum with topics presented in a case based discussion in a question/ answer format. Sessions are lead by the resident on the Medical Education rotation with outpatient faculty in attendance.
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 in-patient units.
The 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 coach, group activities outside of the hospital, and a Humanism Curriculum. For more information regarding wellness, visit our Wellness page.
Residents undergo 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 PL-3 year.
Recent resident-led QI projects include:
- Penicillin Allergy Inpatient De-Labeling
- Inpatient HEADSS Exam Compliance
- “All About Baby” Virtual Breastfeeding Class
- Clinic Depression Screening and Follow Up
- Hospital Discharge Rates
- Rates of Breast Pump Access
- Early Mobilization in the ICU
- Sickle Cell Pain Management in ED
- Reducing ED Visits from Clinic
- Ankyloglossia Evaluation and Scoring
- Newborn Haitian Creole Infant Care
- Influenza Vaccinations Rates in Clinic
- Sickle Cell Transition of Care to Adulthood
- Weight, Nutrition, and Activity Counseling in Clinic
- Tuberculosis Screening in Clinic