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Educational Curriculum and Conferences

Children's National residency program places the highest priority on resident education.

Here is a sample schedule for our educational conferences for a typical month. Below you will find an explanation of each educational conference:

Noon Conference - daily from noon to 1 pm.
Chief residents hold all phones and pagers so your education is uninterrupted. Residents learn from a core lecture series and year-long curriculum including talks on Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Critical Care, Endocrinology, Emergency Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Psychiatry, Infectious Diseases, General Pediatrics, Cardiology, Neurology, Pulmonary, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Radiology, and Global Health.

The noon conference curriculum also includes the following:
  • Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Journal Club - bimonthly during noon conference.
    Program director, chief residents, invited faculty, and residents discuss recent articles and develop EBM skills.
  • Primary Care Conference - weekly on Monday during noon conference.
    Attendings and third-year residents lead discussions about primary care topics.
  • Morbidity & Mortality Conferences - every month during noon conference.
    Residents discuss recent morbidity and mortality cases in the hospital as part of a safety curriculum developed in conjunction with our risk management department.
  • Board Review - weekly on Friday during noon conference.
    Second-year residents lead review of board-style questions about specific topics.
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Professorial Rounds
- weekly on Thursdays in place of noon conference.
Attendings and fellows from all specialties join our residents in an interactive, multidisciplinary discussion of interesting clinical cases.  Please click the link to hear an example of our newly designed Professorial Rounds presented by one of our amazing residents, Dr.Claire Boogaard. This may require you to download a simple plugin to utilize webex, an online application which allows off site residents to participate in educational sessions at CNMC.

Morning Report
- twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 to 8:00 am.
Chief residents again hold all phones and pagers. Residents discuss an interesting patient on their team with an interactive discussion that emphasizes formulating a complete and accurate assessment, forming an appropriate differential diagnosis, and deciding on the work-up or management that is needed.
  • Mock Codes - monthly as part of the morning report series.
    Emergency Department attendings and fellows lead small groups of residents through mock code scenarios in a year-long resuscitation curriculum.

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Attending Rounds (Teaching Rounds)
– three to four times per week before rounds.
Attendings, residents, and medical students on each inpatient team review pre-identified topics and discuss specific questions related to the team’s current cases. For our academic teams, these sessions include multidisciplinary discussions with various specialty services.

  • Simulation Center – one to two times per month.  Residents spend 30 minutes in our simulation center practicing the skills needed in the care of an acutely ill patient.  Click here for a sample 2013-14 Simulation Center Schedule.

Children's National Grand Rounds - weekly on Wednesday mornings from 8 to 9 am from September through June.
Nationally recognized speakers present lectures to hospital-wide audience; all teams attend.

In addition to these educational opportunities, our residents are encouraged to be self-directed learners and to teach one another. Residents have access to numerous medical education resources through our intranet and library, both of which can be remotely accessed from home. Our hospital on-site library provides access to journals in both print and electronic format.

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Other Educational Experiences

  • Resuscitation Day
    An annual Resuscitation Day was initiated in 2009 for all finishing PL1s.  During this full-day educational workshop, Emergency Department faculty review key resuscitation skills with core lectures including airway management, approach to a patient in shock, altered mental status, primary and secondary trauma surveys.  High fidelity simulators also are used to assess competence with bag-valve-mask ventilation, intubation, vascular access (peripheral venous, central venous, arterial, intraosseous), and chest tube placement.
  • Research Day
    Annual day for all hospital staff to display poster presentations of their research; all PL-3 resident REACH projects are presented.
  • Intern Retreat
    A tree day, two night retreat for interns away from the hospital with the chair of pediatrics, program director, associate program directors, and chief residents.  Interns participate in sessions on individual personalities and group dynamics, as well as teaching and feedback skills.  There also is plenty of time to get to know your fellow interns!
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The residency program uses a secure, open, cross-platform, distance learning and collaborative umbrella site for all CNMC pediatric residents to enhance our learning.  It is a single point of access that residents, medical students, and faculty can search, upload, and house online training and education-related information. 


This all-in-one site consolidates online educational tools that are currently fragmented across not only the internet, but faculty and hospital computers.  Learners are able to log in from home or their mobile devices to accomplish a variety of learning and even administrative tasks, including: 
  • viewing conference schedules
  • review teaching material, such as presentations, articles, and workshops
  • obtain orientation documents and other rotation-specific information
  • post their own content to share with other residents in blogs
  • contribute to shared production of material through wikis
  • view  and link to aggregated content from the web and hospital intranet including popular on line reference libraries 

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