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.

Conference Descriptions

All-Resident Conference (Core Curriculum)
Weekly/Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, noon to 12:45 p.m., lunch provided

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.

Clinical Case Conference
Weekly/Tuesday, noon to 12:45 p.m.

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, then a faculty member discusses the presentation, diagnosis, and management.

Board Review
Monthly/Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, noon-12:45 p.m.

The chief residents lead a board review session in the format of a Jeopardy-style friendly competition. Questions are chosen based on past years of PREP questions.

Evidence-Based Medicine Conference
Monthly/Thursday, 7:30-8:15 am

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
Monthly/Wednesday, 7:30-8:15 am

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.

Residents Report (Morning Report)
Monday through Thursday, 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.

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. Twice a month on Wednesdays, the chairman changes focus to an ethical topic discussion or a professionalism topic discussion led by residents.

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.

Grand Rounds
Weekly/Friday, 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.

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.

Early Bird Rounds
Weekly/Friday, 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Under the direction of the medical staff’s education committee and in collaboration with the hospital’s Department of Physician Services, presentations are conducted on topics of particular relevance for physicians in private practice. About 50 pediatric practitioners attend these programs, which are teleconferenced to physicians in outlying areas.

Intern Conference
Weekly/Monday, noon to 12:45 p.m., lunch provided

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

Senior Resident Conference 

Weekly/Monday, noon to 12:45 p.m., lunch provided
Second and third year residents meet with Chief Residents for Board Review and prep.

Daily Conference Schedule


7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Residents Report - Dr. Andrew White, Program Director
noon - 12:45 p.m. Intern Conference
 noon - 12:45 p.m.
 Senior Resident Conference
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Code Training/Simulation Center


7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Residents Report - Chief Residents
noon - 12:45 p.m. Clinical Case Conference


7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Residents Report
7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Quality Improvement Conference (once monthly)
noon - 12:45 p.m. All-Resident Conference (Core Curriculum)
noon - 12:45 p.m. Code Re-enactment (every other month)


7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Residents Report - Dr. Bob Rothbaum, Gastroenterology
7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Evidence-Based Medicine (once monthly)
noon - 12:45 p.m. All-Resident Conference (Core Curriculum)
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Code Training/Simulation Center


9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Grand Rounds
noon - 12:45 p.m. All-Resident Conference (Core Curriculum)
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