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Pediatric Resident Educational Experiences

We offer a range of educational experiences to help you learn and prepare for practicing medicine after your residency, as well as achieve successful board certification in pediatrics.

Conferences / Lectures


Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Afternoon Conference
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Morning Conference
8-9 a.m.

Afternoon Conference (interns, blocks 1-3)
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Afternoon Conference
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Morning Conference
8-9 a.m.

Afternoon Conference 
(interns, blocks 1-3)
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Grand Rounds
8-9 a.m.

PL-3 Conferences - (First Friday of every block) 8-9 a.m.

Morning Conference

Our program utilizes a highly interactive case based group discussion format called “McChief Rounds” for Morning Conference. This conference is presented by the residents and lasts for 30 minutes. The goal of Morning Conference is to develop the residents’ critical thinking and presentation skills. This includes the ability to obtain a good patient history, understand important physical findings, and analyze laboratory and radiologic studies order to generate a pertinent differential diagnosis. The faculty present a didactic lecture to the residents for the remainder of Morning Conference on topics that are clinically and board relevant.

The PL 3 residents attend a special conference on the first Friday of every block instead of attending Grand Rounds.  This conference series focuses on topics of interest to graduating residents.  Topics include contract negotiation, how to obtain a permanent state medical license, and financial planning.

Pediatric Afternoon Conference

Our Pediatric Afternoon Conference is protected educational conference time for residents (faculty cover the clinical services during this time). The curriculum is based on the content specifications created by the American Board of Pediatrics. The curriculum also includes ambulatory Pediatric topics and sessions on quality improvement and patient safety. Formal board review sessions using the ARS (automatic response system) are held during pediatric afternoon conferences.

During the first 3 blocks of the academic year, interns attend Afternoon Conferences on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help them learn the clinical skills needed during internship.  These conferences are an extension of Intern Boot-Camp that occurs during Intern Orientation.\

Pediatric Board Review Course

Graduating residents are given the opportunity to attend an on-site pediatric board review course during their last month of residency. Residents may also use their educational allowance to attend an additional board review course during their residency. 

Resident Wellness Series

Continuous wellness opportunities are available to residents through the ACH's wellness program which is available to all employees.

The wellness series occurs on a monthly basis during a scheduled resident afternoon conference. The series has behavioral and cognition components.

The behavioral component includes opportunities such as massage, creative journaling, aromatherapy, guided meditation and nutrition. This series is guided by resident interest and response. The goal of the series to encourage the residents to explore and develop wellness habits which can serve them during residency and throughout their professional lives.

This component of the series is led by R. Esther Lutes, MD, director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship who is also certified in Urban Zen and Reiki. She has spent her career exploring wellness opportunities nationally, and in the community surrounding Akron Children's Hospital. Her special interests include Reiki, yoga, meditation, breath work, therapeutic journaling, creative journaling, vision boarding, aromatherapy, Ayurvedic medicine, and nutrition.

The cognitive component is led by Sumru Bilge-Johnson, MD, director of the Pediatric Psychiatry Fellowship.  This component helps residents recognize and manage stress, burnout and compassion fatigue by using concrete cognitive strategies.  The purpose of this component is to promote resident resilience. 

Chief Rounds

Each month the floor team members participate in educational activities led by the chief residents. There is a new activity each week for 3 weeks during each floor month. The floor teams compete against each other to see who can accumulate the most number of points for each activity. At the end of the month, the medical education department buys lunch for the winning team from an establishment of their choosing.

Resident Cup

The Resident Cup Series is a unique aspect of our afternoon conference programming designed to reinforce board relevant material while appealing to different types of learners. At the beginning of the academic year, the entire residency is divided into four teams. These teams participate monthly in a chief-led afternoon conference that incorporates recent didactic material into various types of gaming competition. Win the day and earn points for your team! Resident Cup points help teams receive a variety of prizes throughout the academic year including quarterly catered lunches, scheduling privileges, and gift cards. A team can also earn Resident Cup points by completing numerous Medical Education incentives (i.e. getting your seasonal influenza vaccine). The team with the most Resident Cup points at the end of the academic year is recognized at our Noah Miller Graduation Ceremony each June and awarded additional prizes.

EBM Journal Club

An evidence based medicine (EBM) concept is selected to direct the EBM-specific Journal Club. The faculty presents the concept earlier in the month in the form of a didactic lecture during afternoon conference. The resident assigned to lead Journal Club then selects an article that covers the concept. Each resident is assigned a faculty advisor who assists in the preparation of the Journal Club presentation. The resident teaches the concept and how it relates to the article at Journal Club, and facilitates the discussion of how/why the evidence presented should support a change in one’s clinical practice. Each senior resident is required to lead Journal Club at least once during residency.

Simulation and In-Situ Training

The simulation center and in-situ scenarios have been designed to teach residents how to develop team leadership skills and how to improve communication among healthcare team members during acute pediatric emergencies.

Residents attend “Pediatric Boot Camp” as part of Intern Orientation. The procedures taught at “Boot Camp” are bag valve mask ventilation, intravenous access, intubation, and lumbar puncture. Interns also practice scenarios where they learn how to present patients during family centered rounds, document in the EHR, provide formal hand-offs during transitions in care, and use clinical pathways. Residents also continue to refine their physical examination skills.

Residents are assigned to attend sessions in the simulation center during their Term Newborn and Pediatric Emergency Medicine rotations throughout their residency. During the simulation sessions residents learn and practice procedures. They also practice resuscitation scenarios where they are assigned roles as members of the health care team. At the end of the simulation case, a debriefing session is held where all team members discuss their communication and team skills and how to improve them. All members of the healthcare team reflect and self-assess their own communication and team skills and provide feedback to each other.

In-situ scenarios are held in the pediatric intensive care unit, emergency department and on the inpatient floors to improve communication among healthcare team members. Residents act as the medical team leader on cases they may encounter in these locations, while working with other healthcare providers as part of the multi-disciplinary team. The use of communication skills, including the “Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation” (SBAR model) is promoted. After the in-situ scenario, a faculty member facilitates a debriefing session for all members of the multi-disciplinary team to discuss methods of improving communication and team skills.

Academic Advisor Program

An academic advisor program is in place to ensure residents transition smoothly into a career in pediatrics. Each resident is paired with a volunteer faculty advisor who provides support and guidance. The program’s goals include helping residents prepare for the American Board of Pediatrics Certification Examination. The academic advisor also provides career counseling and ensures that residents are making adequate progress on their scholarly activity (research) projects. The advisor helps the resident to set goals for their Individualized learning plan and works with the resident to help them develop a residency curriculum that meets their learning needs and career goals. The academic advisor also reviews the resident’s performance on monthly rotations and serves as the resident’s advocate.

Quality Improvement Project

Residents work in multidisciplinary hospital-based teams on QI projects throughout their residency.
Residents can choose to do a QI research project through the hospital’s Mark A. Watson Center for Operations Excellence, which uses lean six sigma strategies to help hospital departments find simple, cost-effective solutions for improving processes and quality for our hospital, patients and families.

Other Conferences

  • Tumor Board (weekly)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine City-Wide Conference (monthly)
  • PICU Lecture Series for Residents 
  • Palliative Care Conference (monthly)

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