Pediatric Residency

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 - Residents & Resident Cases
Critical Care Morning Report - Critical Care Faculty (once monthly)
Quality Improvement Morning Report (once monthly)
12:00 - 12:45 pm Clinical Case Conference


7:45 - 8:15 am Residents Report - Chief Residents and Resident Cases
12:00 - 12:45 pm All-Resident Conference (Core Curriculum)


7:45 - 8:15 am Residents Report - Chief Residents & Resident Cases
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 (Core Curriculum)

Conference Descriptions

Morning Conferences

Residents Report (Morning Report)
Residents report serves as an interactive daily discussion of the patients currently or recently being treated in our COPE clinics or within SLCH. It is an opportunity to refine our skills generating broad differential diagnoses, taking a history, managing a variety of diseases, and brainstorm together on the ongoing management of patients. Participants can include the medical students, pediatric residents, chief residents, faculty, program director, and the chairman.

Quality Improvement Conference
Resident-driven quality improvement conferences are held once monthly. These conferences focus on various quality improvement/patient safety topics to allow residents to gain understanding of the process of quality improvement in the hospital. It also allows residents to showcase their QI projects.

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. Ten named lectureships 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 the Chief Residents and fellows for Board Review style lectures.

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 occur intermittently throughout the year. They 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, a resident favorite “pet therapy”.

Other Educational Activities

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 also occur on various inpatient 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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