Teaching

As the central component of the program, teaching occurs in many locations and at many levels. We focus on both faculty-to-resident teaching and peer-to-peer teaching. Each year the division recognizes outstanding educators with awards for excellence in teaching for faculty and residents.


Faculty-to-resident teaching:

Bedside teaching:

Perhaps the most important teaching residents receive are the interactions that they have with faculty during direct patient care. Residents rotate regularly in all of the various sub-specialty clinics. There they are exposed to a wide variety of complex patients and have the opportunity to participate in the most up-to-date care in the field. On the in-patient services, the faculty round with the pediatric neurology resident (as well as other members of the team depending on the service) allowing detailed discussions of each patient and how they represent principles of neurologic disease and management. Most importantly, ALL of our faculty have open-door policies and are more than happy to discuss any patient with the residents. This policy gives each resident the chance to take advantage of the wide expertise and experience that exists within the division.

Conferences:

Our residents enjoy daily noon conferences that are provided by faculty from our division and several other related specialties. From July-August these are focused on core topics in pediatric neurology, which provides new residents with a strong foundation while also providing more experienced residents with a review of key topics. Throughout the remainder of the year conferences cover various more specialized topics in Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Neuroimmunology, Neuromuscle, Neonatal Neurology, Neurocritical Care, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Once per week the Pediatric Neurology residents join the Adult Neurology residents for a Clinical Neurosciences conference. Journal Club is held once per week, which is presented by the residents but well attended by faculty members. We also have periodic Morbidity and Mortality conference, Neurogenetics conference, Quality Improvement conference, and Resident Report. Other conferences that occur outside of the noon hour include the Epilepsy (every Monday afternoon), Neuroradiology (every Thursday morning), and Neurocritical Care Journal Club (once per month on Thursday afternoon).

*Mandatory conferences in bold*

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
Neuropath Brain Cutting - 9:15am     Pediatric Neuroradiology Conference - 7:00am-8:00am Neurology Grand Rounds - 7:45a-8:45am
Pediatric Neurology Residents Didactic Conference - 12:00-1:00 pm

Periodically at 12pm:
Quality Improvement or Neurogenetics Conf.
Pediatric Neurology Journal Club – 12:00-1:00pm Adult Neurology Core Curriculum Conference - 12:00pm-1:00pm Pediatric Neurology Residents Didactic Conference - 12:00pm-1:00pm Pediatric Grand Rounds - 9:15am-10:15am
Epilepsy Conference - 2:30pm-4:00pm   Neuromuscular Pathology Conference - 3:00pm-4:00pm Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Conf 3:30-4:30pm Pediatric Neurology Residents Didactic Conference - 12:00pm-1:00pm

Periodically at 12pm:
M&M Conference or Resident Report
    Neurophysiology Didactic Conference - 4:00pm-5:00pm Neurocritical Care Journal Club 4:00-5:00
1 Thursday Monthly
 

Peer-to-peer teaching:

Pediatric neurology resident teaching to pediatric neurology residents and faculty:

One of the most important reasons we expanded the number of residents in our program was to foster the development of a community of learners. Residents have many opportunities to teach each other and the faculty. Two of our favored conferences are Journal Club and Resident Report. During Journal Club a resident presents an article from the literature and leads a discussion among the other residents and faculty. Resident Report is led by a senior resident facilitating discussion of an interesting case on the wards, with input from faculty. Perhaps the most important peer to peer teaching occurs during the spontaneous case discussions between residents.

Pediatric neurology resident teaching to others:

Pediatric neurology lies at the intersection of many disciplines. Thus, our residents play an integral role in the education of trainees in many other areas. The pediatric neurology residents supervise and teach an entire in-patient team of pediatric residents during their inpatient service. The pediatric neurology residents also supervise and teach the adult neurology rotators during their time on pediatric neurology rotations as well as medical students that rotate both in the clinics and on the wards. Our residents are regularly invited to give presentations during the Department of Pediatrics noon clinical conference and at other conferences within other departments in the hospital. In fact, over the years, several of our pediatric neurology residents have received the outstanding fellow teaching award from the pediatric housestaff.