Educational Activities

Resident education is emphasized, both on and off the wards. The residency curriculum is designed to supplement clinical training with the ultimate goal of building a foundation in basic and clinical sciences in pediatrics. Residents will be prepared for the certification process of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Weekly Conference Schedule


7:45 - 8:15 am Morning Report with program co-directors
12:00 - 12:45 pm Separate Intern/Senior Resident Noon Conference
13:00 - 14:00 pm Each resident has 4-6 simulation/code training sessions a year


7:45 - 8:15 am Morning Report (Resident-led Cases; Critical Care Conference led by PICU attendings once monthly; Quality Improvement Conference once monthly)
12:00 - 12:45 pm Clinical Case Conference; all residents and faculty


7:45 - 8:15 am Morning Report (Resident-led Cases)
12:00 - 12:45 pm All-Resident Noon 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 Noon Conference (Core Curriculum)

Conference Descriptions

Morning Conferences

Residents Report (Morning Report)
Interactive daily discussion between medical students, residents, faculty, program director, and chairman about the patients currently or recently treated at 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.

Quality Improvement Conference
Resident-driven quality improvement conferences are held once monthly. These conferences allow residents to gain understanding of the process of quality improvement in the hospital and showcase resident QI projects.

Grand Rounds
Lectures are on a wide range of topics by Washington University faculty and visiting speakers. Ten named lectureships provide support for the most sought-after pediatric speakers in the world.

Noon Conferences - lunch provided

Intern Conference
Each Monday, first-year residents meet with the chief residents for lectures that are more targeted to the needs of junior residents. Intern conferences focus on discussing interesting patients and exploring diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

Senior Resident Conference
Each Monday, second- and third-year residents meet with fellows for specialty-specific board review.

Clinical Case Conference
Each week, a resident presents a clinical case and a faculty member teaches in-depth about the presentation, diagnosis, and management.

All-Resident Core Curriculum Conference
Conferences are led by Washington University faculty physicians and cover general pediatrics and subspecialty topics. Annual highlights include a residents-as-teachers curriculum and an emergency medicine series designed to prepare residents for acute patient care.

Pediatric Molecular Medicine Conference
Led by researchers at Washington University and focuses on cutting-edge research that provides a deeper understanding of modern clinical medicine.

All-Resident Wellness Conference
Monthly conferences provide time for residents to unwind and decompress (including resident-favorite “pet therapy”) and explore work-life balance and strategies for resiliency.

Medical Spanish

Spanish is the most common non-English language encountered in St. Louis Children’s Hospital. That is why the Pediatric Residency Program started a year-long course in pediatric medical Spanish for residents with a solid baseline knowledge of the Spanish language. To accommodate residents’ busy schedules, the class meets 2-3 times per month for an hour over lunch. During these sessions, residents review vocabulary and phrases common to medical encounters and practice role-playing patient/family interview scenarios in Spanish. Residents also have access to portable study materials to review independently. Those who regularly attend these sessions will be eligible at the end of the year to take the Clinician Cultural and Linguistic Assessment, a national, standardized, telephone-based examination of linguistic proficiency for medical professionals. Residents who pass this exam will be certified to speak Spanish to patients in the hospital without using a Spanish interpreter as part of our Bilingual Provider Program.

Other Educational Activities

Simulation Center
The Saigh Pediatric Simulation Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital 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 supported by the Sim Center take place on most inpatient floors each resident block.

Additional Educational Conferences

There are many additional conferences that take place on a weekly or monthly basis that are open to interested residents. These conferences are devoted to neurology, pediatric research, gastroenterology, pathology, radiology, pediatric infectious disease, immunology, and many other subspecialties.

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