Conferences and Reports
Morning report utilizes case presentations for current patients as a springboard for lively discussions of differential diagnoses, best evaluation strategies, and therapeutic options. The presenting residents provide appropriate literature and media presentations to supplement the discussions.
Residents round daily with attending physicians on the pediatric unit, newborn nursery, PICU, and NICU. Discussions about patient management, lectures, and case presentations take place on each service.
Didactic Group Discussions
Discussions are led by faculty members on different topics four days a week throughout the academic year in a program that is designed to be both comprehensive and practical.
Each week, a resident presents a case to the chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and to fellow residents. This session is followed by lively discussion.
Pediatric and Neonatal Mock Codes
To improve critical care skills, unscheduled mock codes simulate real-life experiences with life-threatening emergencies. Nurses and respiratory therapists also participate in this activity.
Throughout the year, the Department participates with the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Radiology, and Emergency Medicine to organize these activities.
Board Review Series
From September through June there are monthly lectures and tests that are part of a coordinated curriculum from across fields of pediatric care. Emphasis is placed on topics that contain specialized information for the clinically-astute pediatrician.
Grand Rounds are held weekly. Faculty, residents, students, and staff members attend state-of-the-art presentations, given by NYM faculty members or visiting faculty, which encompass hot topics such as new clinical advances, research contributions, updated clinical reviews, or issues pertinent to the current health care environment.
The practice of evidence-based medicine requires an integration of individual clinical expertise with the best available clinical evidence from systematic research. The ability to read, understand, and critically appraise research evidence is a core skill for clinical problem solving. The monthly journal clubs are designed to develop these skills and are supervised by the research director.
In addition to the regularly scheduled morning and noon conferences, many other opportunities and special workshops are available. Communication with patients and families is taught through role-playing. Instruction in procedures such as neonatal resuscitation, chest tube placement, umbilical line placement, pelvic examination, and infection control measures is given. All residents become certified in basic cardiac life support (BCLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS), and neonatal resuscitation program (NRP).
Membership, Conferences, Books, and Journals
The Department underwrites American Association of Pediatrics membership for all residents, which allows them to receive many books and subscriptions to pediatric journals. Each resident receives an allowance to purchase books, journals, compact disks, audio-visual tapes, cassettes, electronic planners, state mandated medical licenses, elective conference tuition and/or registration fees, and educational professional software. At the completion of training, each graduating resident physician is presented with a gift certificate to purchase books of his/her choice.
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