• Educational Curriculum

    Residents at Cincinnati Children's.Our extensive and diverse curriculum is the core of the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Cincinnati Children’s. The core curriculum parallels that tested by the American Board of Pediatrics, and augments your education in pediatrics with challenging didactics.

    Residents learn through a variety of formats and programs. Use the following tabs to learn more about the program’s curriculum and activities:

  • Daily Conferences

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    This conference series focuses on the growth of clinical reasoning skills, utilizing case-based presentations and facilitating discussion among residents and invited faculty. The chief residents, residency program directors, and other faculty also lead discussions on vital topics in Pediatrics. Breakfast is always served.

    Invited faculty present didactic conferences in their areas of expertise in a variety of formats. Nearly the entirety of the American Board of Pediatrics curriculum is presented over a three-year period. Lunch is always served.

  • Weekly Conferences

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    These rounds give senior residents the opportunity to refine their presentation skills by preparing an evidence-based didactic discussion related to the diagnosis and management of a particular disease or some other clinical question that has emerged during residency.  These conferences are attended by numerous faculty, including Michael Farrell, MD.

    This institution wide Tuesday-morning conference is presented by invited speakers. Content varies from comprehensive subject reviews by field experts to ground-breaking research presentations.

  • Monthly Conferences

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    This is one of our favorites. Cases are presented by a chief resident to the residents and faculty, who divide into groups to discuss their diagnoses and workups. Differences among teams are discussed to highlight teaching points.

    This morning report is led by our faculty in the Department of Radiology. The focus is not only on interpretation of radiographs, but also on the rationale behind why we order a particular study. The curriculum is centered on the diagnosis and imaging of common pediatric diseases.

    This forum encourages open discussion of cases where suboptimal delivery of medical care led to illness or death. We review a case that resulted in morbidity or mortality and discuss systems-based changes that might prevent undesirable outcomes in the future.

    Our fantastic Chair of Pediatrics sits down with the residency program to discuss anything and everything related to Cincinnati Children’s, developing as a physician, or the field of Pediatrics in general.

    In honor of Dr. Watson, of Sherlock Holmes fame, one resident is named Watson for each case presented by the chief residents. A clue to the diagnosis is given prior to the case, and “Watson” solves the diagnostic dilemma using available clinical information combined with the clue.

    This conference is designed to establish the basics of diagnosing and treating common pediatric diseases. Groups are divided according to training levels. Interns are given diagnostic dilemmas appropriate to their level of training. Seniors are tasked with solving more complex problems.

    Our world-renowned faculty are put to the test as they work through a compelling case presented by residents. Residents learn by observing experts ask questions and discuss their differential diagnosis for a complicated patient.

  • Curriculum Series

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    This series, led by the Program Directors, focuses on test-taking strategies and question review in preparation for the Pediatric Boards.

    This series is a year-long comprehensive curriculum which covers the core concepts of Evidenced-Based Medicine, such as clinical question development, literature searching, and critical appraisal. In addition, residents have various small group opportunities where they systematically review articles in the pediatric literature to deepen their understanding of clinical experiences.

    Former Chief of Staff, Michael Farrell, and Residency Program Director, Javier Gonzalez del Rey, tackle issues relating to professional development through interactive case discussions.

    This series is a year-long comprehensive curriculum which covers the core concepts of Adult Learning Theory and the necessary skills to be an effective clinician educator. All sessions utilize interactive components consisting of video review, role play, and directed practice. The series is supplemented by integration of direct assessment of these skills during clinical rotations.

    All residents participate in our RESUS (Resident Educational Sessions Using Simulation) curriculum. Resident teams work together in a simulated setting to learn the art of pediatric resuscitation with teaching from dedicated faculty members. During these sessions, there are various skill-based training opportunities for common procedures such as such as IO and IV insertion, chest tube placement and endotracheal intubation. Residents attend these sessions 2-4 times throughout each academic year.

    Interns participate in a procedural workshop during intern orientation that reviews the basics of common pediatric procedures. In addition, interns on their NICU rotation will attend a three-hour skills lab where they review neonatal intubation and umbilical catheter placement.