Pediatric Residency Program

  • 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:
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    Morning Report (Daily)

    A ward team presents an interesting case and discusses it among the residents, in collaboration with invited faculty. The residency program director and other faculty also lead discussions on vital topics in pediatrics.

    Noon Conference (Daily)

    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.

    FIRMS Rounds (Bimonthly)

    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.

    Watson Rounds

    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.

    Farrell Rounds (Weekly)

    These rounds give senior residents the opportunity to refine their presentation skills by preparing an interesting patient presentation, didactic discussion related to diagnosis and management of a particular disease or any other topic of interest. These conferences are attended by numerous faculty, including Michael Farrell, MD.

    Evidence-Based Medicine Series

    This series is a year-long comprehensive curriculum which covers the core concepts of Evidenced Based Medicine, in addition to monthly practical application of question development, literature searching, and appraisal in small groups.

    The Next Level (Bimonthly)

    In these small-group conferences, we systematically review articles in the pediatric literature, deepening our understanding derived from our diverse clinical experience.

    Dueling Didactics

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

    Radiology Teaching Rounds

    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.

    Pediatric Grand Rounds (Weekly)

    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.

    Simulation-Based Training

    Resident teams work together in a simulated setting to resuscitate a sophisticated pediatric simulator. At our world-class center for resuscitation, dedicated faculty members teach residents the art and science of pediatric resuscitation, including skills such as IO and IV insertion, chest tube placement and endotracheal intubation.

    Clinical Skills Labs (Select Rotations)

    Early in your training, you will learn the basics of common pediatric procedures.

    While on their NICU rotation, interns attend a three-hour skills lab during which they learn neonatal intubation and umbilical catheter placement. Interns learn the anatomy and techniques of a premature neonatal airway.

    During their private practice or ED rotation, interns attend a three-hour procedure lab where they learn the proper way to perform lumbar punctures, bladder catheterizations, suturing basics, peripheral IV placement and intubation skills.

    Morbidity and Mortality (Monthly)

    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.

    Stump the Faculty (Monthly)

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