Pediatric 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. Morning report occurs five days a week and is led by the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics.
Board Review Series and Didactic Group Discussions
Following Morning Report, there are faculty-led discussions on different topics in a program that is designed to be both comprehensive and practical. Emphasis is placed on topics that contain specialized information for the clinically-astute pediatrician. In addition, bi-weekly board review sessions are held during the lunch hour, also being led by faculty. Bi-monthly in-service tests are given as part of a coordinated curriculum encompassing all areas of pediatric care.
Residents round daily with attending physicians on the pediatric unit, newborn nursery, PICU, and NICU. Discussions about patient management, evidence based medicine, and applicable disease processes take place on each service.
Pediatric, Emergency 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 weekly conferences.
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. These presentations address 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 Academy of Pediatrics membership for all residents, which allows them to receive many books and subscriptions to pediatric journals. Each year, residents receive a substantial CME allowance to purchase books, journals, electronic planners, state mandated medical licenses, elective conference tuition and/or registration fees, and educational professional software.
Enrichment Opportunities and Special Programs
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