Below are brief descriptions of the daily educational opportunities that have been built into the residency. This collection of case presentations, conferences and lectures work in conjunction to augment the learning that occurs organically through patient care. While this list is relatively comprehensive it is certainly not exhaustive. Residents can always avail themselves of the multiple educational opportunities within Harvard, Boston University and the city of Boston itself.
Medical Grand Rounds
Weekly Grand Rounds at both institutions provide exposure to leading clinicians and researchers providing cutting-edge information about their areas of expertise. Grand Rounds features topics from multiple areas of medicine including clinical topics, basic science research, global health, and public policy.
Conferences – Boston Children’s Hospital
BCH Noon Conferences
Based on feedback from residents, the Medical Education Academy revamped the noon conference curriculum over the past few years. The new curriculum features two-week subspecialty blocks, with each noon conference covering a topic within the specific subspecialty. The sessions are given by a combination of residents, chief residents, fellows known for their excellent teaching skills and expert faculty. Conferences employ a wide variety of educational formats, including traditional didactic teaching, case-based learning, hands-on/skills sessions, and educational games. A fantastic lunch is provided daily. There are daily e-mails sent out with a boards prep question relevant to that block’s subspecialty.
This daily conference is perennially one of the highest rated educational experiences at the BCRP. A chief or senior resident is charged with presenting a recently admitted patient with an unusual or unknown diagnosis. A discussion between the residents and senior faculty follows, with a focus on differential diagnosis, management and prognosis, as well as nuances in the individual case which frequently prompt significant discussion. Priorities include developing generalizable lessons from unusual cases as well discussing unusual presentations of common diseases. Faculty from different specialties attend on different days, and are invited at the beginning of the year by the chief residents (considered a true honor by faculty).
This is a weekly conference on Friday mornings that occurs in place of Senior Rounds. One of the senior residents currently on general pediatrics night float presents an interesting patient admitted during the past week. He or she leads an informal discussion among interns, residents, chief residents and faculty focusing on diagnosis and management. While the conference does not always yield a diagnostic or therapeutic solution, the discussion often aids in the patient’s care.
This is a new and very popular conference one morning a week exclusively for interns. An intern presents a case and leads a discussion on differential diagnosis, work-up and management. A chief resident attends to participate in the discussion as well.
While on certain rotations – pulmonary, GI, cardiology, oncology, ICP, and MSICU – residents attend daily morning lectures organized by that department. These sessions are led by the subspecialty fellows or faculty and cover a range of topics within that subspecialty.
Conferences – Boston Medical Center (BMC)
BMC Noon Conferences
Noon Conference at BMC occurs daily and the curriculum parallels the new two-week subspecialty blocks described above in BCH Noon Conference. Similar topics are covered simultaneously at both hospitals, so residents will have comparable learning no matter what rotation they are on. Chief residents and expert faculty lead the sessions. Residents can draw from the experiences and knowledge of the many senior faculty members who attend. Conferences employ a wide variety of educational formats, including traditional didactic teaching, casebased learning, hands-on/skills sessions, and educational games. Simulations and mock codes are incorporated weekly. A delicious lunch is provided daily.
Case of the Week
This weekly presentation at Boston Medical Center is organized and moderated by the senior residents rotating in the PICU, the NICU, the ED, and the Ward. The cases are current or recently discharged patients chosen to illustrate specific topics. The resident selects the case and works with a subspecialty faculty member(s) to develop the conference. All residents rotating at BMC, as well as the pediatric faculty, attend the presentation.
This morning conference occurs three times per week. On Monday mornings, the night team presents an interesting admission from overnight and leads a discussion on differential diagnosis, work-up and management. On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, there are lectures for the interns focused on general pediatrics topics.