Educational Activities

Educational programs designed to supplement the clinical training on the wards and ICUs are integral to the residency program. Our goals are to provide a solid foundation in the basic and clinical sciences related to children and to prepare our residents for the certification process of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Weekly Conference Schedule


7:45 - 8:15 am Residents Report - Dr. Andrew White, Program Director
12:00 - 12:45 pm Intern Conference
12:00 - 12:45 pm Senior Resident Conference
1 pm - 2 pm Code Training/Simulation Center


7:45 - 8:15 am Residents Report - Chief Residents & Resident Cases
12:00 - 12:45 pm Clinical Case Conference


7:45 - 8:15 am Residents Report with chairman, Dr. Silverman
Humanism in Medicine Series
Quality Improvement Conference and M&M (once monthly)
12:00 - 12:45 pm All-Resident Conference (Core Curriculum)
Code Re-enactment (every other month)


7:45 - 8:15 am Residents Report - Dr. Bob Rothbaum, Gastroenterology
Evidence-Based Medicine (once monthly)
12:00 - 12:45 pm Pediatric Molecular Medicine Series
1 pm - 2 pm Code Training/Simulation Center


9:15 - 10:15 am Grand Rounds
12:00 - 12:45 pm All-Resident Conference (Wellness Curriculum)

Conference Descriptions

Morning Conferences

Residents Report (Morning Report)
This daily gathering of the residents promotes leadership by house staff on the wards by allowing residents to discuss recent cases and management. Participants include the pediatric residents, program director, chairman and chief residents. The information generated by brainstorming supports the authority of the supervisory resident as a resource for other team members. Monthly on Wednesdays, the chairman changes focus to an ethical topic discussion or a professionalism topic discussion led by residents.

Evidence-Based Medicine Conference
Evidence-Based Medicine journal clubs are held once monthly in a morning report setting. A group of residents leads the audience via small group discussions through a critical appraisal of a journal article pertaining to a clinical question that arose on service. Faculty mentors and content experts attend the conference to offer guidance and input. These conferences are designed to give residents the tools to conduct effective literature searches and appraise articles in order to make evidence-based clinical decisions.

Quality Improvement Conference
Resident-drive quality improvement conferences are held once monthly. These conferences focus on a clinical event that demonstrated an opportunity on improvement from a systems, knowledge base, or communication level. A quality improvement/patient safety topic is also discussed to allow residents to gain understanding of the process of quality improvement in the hospital.

Grand Rounds
Lectures are on a wide range of topics by Washington University faculty and visitors. These are attended by many members of the St. Louis pediatric community, including full-time faculty, students, house staff, nurses and hospital administrators. Six named lectureships (Hartmann, Dodge, Abelson, Thurston, Strunk and Santiago) provide support for the most sought-after pediatric speakers in the world.

Noon Conferences- lunch provided

Intern Conference
First-year residents meet with the chief residents to discuss interesting patients and explore diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

Senior Resident Conference
Second and third year residents meet with Chief Residents and fellows for Board Review and prep.

Clinical Case Conference
Clinical case conferences are an opportunity for faculty and house staff to learn from recent patient presentations. A resident who cared for the patient presents the case, and a faculty member discusses the presentation, diagnosis, and management.

All-Resident Core Curriculum Conference
These discussions are led by Washington University faculty physicians and include general pediatrics and subspecialty topics, as well as a yearly emergency series of lectures designed to prepare the residents for acute situations they will face in the hospital.

Pediatric Molecular Medicine Conference
These conferences are led by researchers at Washington University, allowing residents access to cutting edge research that provides a deeper understanding of modern clinical medicine

All-Resident Wellness Conference
These conferences provide a format for residents to unwind and decompress, exploring a variety of issues, including work-life balance, career advancement, humanism in medicine, advocacy projects, and of course, resident favorite “pet therapy”.

Other Educational Activities

Chairman's Rounds
Dr. Gary Silverman, the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics holds a discussion with a different team around the hospital. An opportunity for direct interaction in small, patient-oriented sessions with the pediatrician-in-chief provides two-way educational opportunities. The resident benefits from the chairman’s interest in melding scientific advances with clinical problems. The chairman gains firsthand knowledge of the residents.

Simulation Center
The Saigh Pediatric Simulation Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital opened in May 2009 and occupies 2,300 square feet on the hospital's fifth floor. It features three high-fidelity electromechanical pediatric mannequins and two simulated patient care rooms.

  • The chief residents lead simulated code training twice weekly
  • Each resident attends 4-6 sessions per year.
  • Interdisciplinary Mock Codes monthly on general pediatric floors

Many other conferences, not described above, are open to interested house staff. These conferences are devoted to neurology, pediatric research, gastroenterology, pathology, radiology, pediatric infectious disease, and many other subspecialties.

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