Conferences

Conferences

In order to best prepare our residents for the practice of Pediatrics, weekly conferences are scheduled that emphasize both clinical care and a formal didactic teaching program. A three-year educational curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure a full and balanced educational experience for our residents. 

Core Lecture Series

This three year curriculum is designed with attention to the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) content specifications. The lectures are held on Wednesday mornings. Residents' time is protected during these sessions. Conferences address the broad range of topics required for general pediatrics training.  In addition to the standard ABP content specs, our conference series covers topics such as ethics, quality improvement, patient safety, transitions of care, and evidence-based medicine.  

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week
1

8:30 Morning Report

8:30 Morning Report 

 

8:00 Grand Rounds

9:00 Lecture

10:00 Lecture

11:00 Lecture

12:00 Lecture

1:00 Lecture

8:30 Morning Report

3:00 Pediatric Mock Code

8:30 Morning Report

 

Week
2

8:30 Morning Report

8:30 NICU Morning Report

2:00 NICU Mock Code

8:00 Grand Rounds

9:00 Conference

10:00 Lecture

11:00 Lecture

12:00 Lecture

1:00 Liaison Meeting

8:30 Morning Report

 

8:30 Morning Report

Week
3

8:30 Morning Report

 

8:30 Morning Report 

3:00 Pediatric Mock Code

8:00 Grand Rounds

9:00 Lecture

10:00 Lecture

11:00 Lecture

12:00 Residency Meeting

1:00 Lecture

8:30 Morning Report

 

8:30 Morning Report

 

 

Week
4

8:30 Morning Report

8:30 Morning Report

8:00 Grand Rounds

9:00 Lecture

10:00 Lecture

11:00 Lecture

12:00 Quality Assurance Meeting

8:30 Morning Report

2:00 NICU Mock Code

3:00 Pediatric Mock Code

8:30 Morning Report

 

 

Morning Report

Presentation of admissions takes place during morning report, which is held four days per week. Residents from all years, medical students, and faculty from various subspecialties attend these conferences. Residents prepare and lead an interactive discussion on an interesting case. Additionally, there are morning reports specific to the fields of cardiology, NICU and PICU (including sepsis education focused morning reports).

Grand Rounds

Traditional academic grand rounds are held on a weekly basis.  Cutting edge medicine is presented by distinguished professors from all over the world. This conference is attended by residents, medical students, faculty, and community pediatricians.  Residents' schedules are designed to include Grand Rounds each week.

Journal Club ("CAT" Presentations)

As part of our three year longitudinal Evidence-Based Medicine curriculum, our second year residents perform a literature search on a clinical question and present their findings in a Critically Appraised Topic (“CAT”) journal club.  In this comprehensive review, three to four articles are discussed and a final “clinical bottom line” is presented. Medical students, residents, and faculty attend this interactive, and often lively, discussion of the literature.

NICU Conference

This weekly conference is attended by the Pediatric residents, OB/GYN residents, the Neonatal Team, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Faculty.  Interesting cases and difficult management plans are the focus of the discussions at this meeting. 

Subspecialty Team Conferences

Each division runs interdisciplinary conferences and team meetings where they discuss patient management, advances in the field, current literature reviews, as well as didactic presentations.  Examples of these conferences include Tumor Board, Cardiology Catheterization Conference, Endocrinology Conference, Pathology Conferences, and others.

Children's Hospital Quality Assurance (QA) Meetings

The QA meeting is an essential feature of our continuing mission to improve the quality of patient care and enhance patient safety. During this interdisciplinary meeting, morbidities, mortalities, and patient safety cases are discussed in an open forum.  Solutions to systems problems are discussed and action plans are created, implemented, and tracked.  All residents are assigned to a Children's Hospital QA committee and become actively involved in the hospital's patient safety mission.

Board Review

During their third year, residents attend an intensive weekly board review with a curriculum based upon the American Board of Pediatrics content specifications.  Residents receive a structured, thorough integration of material from PREP and Pediatrics in Review.  Residents are responsible for specific reading and quizzes before each session. The sessions are very well received by highly motivated learners in a challenging, but supportive study environment.

Resident Meetings

Open communication is essential for a residency program to function well.  One Wednesday each month, residents meet with the residency program directors in a "town meeting" style forum to discuss any issues related to the residency.  This is a great opportunity for the residents to voice any concerns they might have and to discuss any potential changes in the residency program.  In addition, the residents elect "Class Liaisons" to represent them in smaller group sessions with the program directors and Chief Residents monthly.

Departmental Research Day

Annual Research Day at Stony Brook Children's Hospital has become a traditional, as well as much anticipated, event for our residents and fellows.  Current research projects and Quality Improvement projects are presented through poster and platform presentations.  Two to three residents present PED (like TED) talks on topics of their choice.  Formal judging of the presentations and projects is followed by an Awards Luncheon Ceremony, which concludes the day.

Suffolk Pediatric Society Educational Meetings

This dinner meeting of our local section of the American Academy of Pediatrics occurs five times a year.  After a short business meeting, there is an educational presentation on a wide variety of topics from cardiac murmurs to sports medicine and adolescent sexuality. All residents are members of the Suffolk Pediatric Society; membership dues are paid by the department. 

Resident Presentations

Throughout residency there are many opportunities to practice teaching and presentation skills. During the Adolescent rotation, the resident gives an hour-long lecture to their peers.  On other subspecialty rotations, residents present topics in a variety of formats, and each resident works with a primary care physician to develop an interactive Primary Care Case Conference presentation.