Conferences and Other Teaching Sessions

Discharge Conference

Weekly hour-long conference where intern/resident pairs present interesting cases from start to finish with in-depth explanations and discussion with faculty, typically pulling from primary sources and current literature.

Afternoon Report

Four days a week we hold case-based conferences where the focus is on medical decision-making and a diagnostic approach to common and uncommon inpatient admissions. Attending and or fellows from each subspecialty service lead one case based discussion per month. One session per week is limited to interns. Afternoon report is regularly attended by the residency program leadership team, as well as faculty from the emergency department, hospitalist service, general pediatrics and sub specialty divisions.

Core and Noon Lecture Series

Core lectures are daily lectures given by children's hospital faculty and held through the summer to highlight diagnosis and management of common inpatient topics. This series is geared towards new interns, though attended by all residents. In the fall, the core lecture series is replaced by noon lectures that cover a broad range of topics in pediatric medicine.

Ethics Seminar

Led by ethics experts, this discussion-based monthly seminar series addresses difficult themes that create moral dilemma in our care of infants, children, adolescents, and their families.

Grand Rounds

Weekly presentations given by local faculty, visiting speakers, and preeminent experts offering evidence and opinion on state-of-the-art medical therapies, procedures, and theory.

Residents as Teachers

Monthly workshop focused on developing our residents' abilities as educators and team leaders. Interns and residents attend these sessions separately to focus on issues specific to their team role and responsibilities.

Nighttime Curriculum

Senior resident-led short discussions geared toward common problems and emergencies encountered while on night call. In addition, noon conference lectures are videotaped to be viewed by the night team.


All residents participate in regular simulations that are inter-professional (MD, RN, techs),and in-situ (in the clinical environment). Our trained, expert core simulation faculty work with SYNAPSE to create a realistic and safe learning environment that focuses on both experiential and reflective learning. Debriefings involve reflecting on performance and discussions of teamwork, communication and clinical decision-making demonstrated during the case. Additionally targeted sessions are conducted with a focus on procedural skills training.

Quality Improvement Workshops

Each resident joins a team of 5 or 6 residents and devises a quality improvement project in the children's hospital. Residents participate in monthly quality improvement educational sessions led by our QI staff and are mentored by faculty members leading up to a yearly Pediatric Resident Quality Improvement Symposium in which each team presents a poster illustrating the progress on their projects. Several of these projects have led to meaningful change and have improved how we care for our patients.

Medical Legal Partnership Project Series on Social Determinants of Health

These presentations, led by attorneys from our Medical-Legal Partnership Project address legal issues affecting children's health. The series will assist residents in learning to identify and address the social, emotional, and legal stressors impacting children's health and to provide an integrated approach to health care.

Outpatient Academic Half Day

While on outpatient blocks, residents have one half day per week free from patient care duties in order to engage in dedicated didactic learning. Under the supervision and guidance of faculty preceptors, residents learn to assess and manage common problems in ambulatory care using the case-based Yale Primary Care Pediatrics Curriculum.