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Residents as Teachers
The pediatric residency training program at Children’s National strives to educate residents in the knowledge, skills, and art of being an effective teacher. Structured activities that address teaching skills and the principles of adult learning are incorporated throughout the curriculum. Residents learn by modeling the behavior and actions of expert teachers, from educational didactics given by these expert teachers, and by practicing their own teaching skills.
  • Master Teacher Leadership Development Program: Attending physicians skilled in the art and science of teaching serve as role models for Children’s residents. More than 60 faculty members have completed graduate level coursework and obtained certificates in medical education through a unique program at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education.  These faculty lead the educational programs at Children's National.

  • Workshops on Teaching Skills: Workshops on fundamental teaching skills, such as the provision of feedback, working with medical students, adult learning principles, and learning styles are interspersed throughout the program – including during intern orientation, intern retreat, senior orientation, and noon conferences.  Starting in 2014, a series of “Resident as Teacher” interactive workshops will be offered to all 2nd year residents using simulations, blended learning, and standardized learners.  This is a day-long opportunity for residents to enhance their skills in giving feedback, teaching a skill, and orienting a learner prior to entering their 3rd year of residency. 

  • “Teaching Resident” Rotations: During clinical rotations in both inpatient (Holy Cross Hospital) and outpatient (Children’s Health Center) settings, residents are given the role of “teaching resident.” In this capacity, residents are expected to prepare didactics for their peers, facilitate teaching sessions, and precept junior trainees.

  • Inpatient Senior Supervisory Rotations: Residents at Children’s National demonstrate progressive autonomy over the course of their training that affords them the ability to act in a supervisory role and lead rounds during their senior years. Their first senior resident role occurs during the PL2 rotation at Holy Cross Hospital, where residents receive a formal workshop and a curriculum designed to support and give feedback on their leadership skills in a community setting. Throughout the inpatient senior months, weekly workshops are held to enhance and support the teaching skills of senior residents for in-the-moment application.  These sessions are led by Hospitalists and Chief Residents, with topics including Teaching in a Busy Inpatient Setting, Motivating Adult Learners, Giving Feedback, Teaching EBM, and Facilitating a Teaching Session.
  • Simulation Curriculum: Scenarios in our simulation curriculum provide residents opportunities to practice teaching skills to educate members of the interdisciplinary team, including parents, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other allied health professionals.

  • Teaching Conferences:  Residents have multiple opportunities to gain the skill and experience in leading interactive teaching sessions – including Morning Report, Professorial Rounds, Primary Care Conference, Board Preparation Noon Conferences, Adolescent Medicine Conference, and Pre-Clinic Conference.

  • Feedback and Evaluations: Residents receive formal feedback and evaluations of all of their teaching activities. Supervisory faculty use web-based tools to evaluate conferences and lectures led by residents. Medical students assess resident teaching as part of their rotation requirements, and resident teaching awards are given annually by the medical students. Automated summary reports of resident teaching are provided by the George Washington University School of Medicine and are placed in the resident’s electronic portfolio.


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