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:

Teaching1Bedside 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 service, the faculty round one-on-one with the pediatric neurology resident (sometimes joined by the adult neurology rotator and a medical student) 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.

Teaching2Conferences:
Each July faculty from our division and several other related specialties teach a daily noon conference that covers core topics in pediatric neurology. This provides new residents with a strong foundation to start and more experienced residents with a review of key topics. Throughout the year faculty also give talks on special topics during the residents’ weekly noon conference. Other conferences that occur each week include the epilepsy conference every Monday and neuroradiology conference every Thursday.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
  Pediatric Neurology Journal Club – 7:30am-8:20am (Required)   Pediatric Neuroradiology Conference – 7:00am-8:00am (Optional) Neurology Grand Rounds – 8:00a-9:00am (Required)
Resident Report Stroke Conference – 12:00pm-1:00pm (Optional) Adult Neurology Core Curriculum Conference – 12:00pm-1:00pm (Optional) Pediatric Neurology Residents Didactic Conference – 12:00pm-1:00pm (Required) Pediatric Grand Rounds – 9:00am-10:00am (Optional)
EpilepsyConference – 2:30pm-4:00pm (Optional)   Neuromuscular Pathology Conference – 3:00pm-4:00pm (Optional)   Resident Report
    Neurophysiology Didactic Conference – 4:00pm-5:00pm (Optional)    

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. Each Tuesday morning we have division conference that is lead by residents. Half of each conference consists of a resident presenting an article from the literature, with the other half is dedicated to discussing an interesting clinical case. Also, during the weekly resident noon conferences, senior residents will prepare discussions on key pediatric neurology topics to teach junior residents. Perhaps the most important peer to peer teaching occurs during the spontaneous case discussions between residents.

Teaching3Pediatric 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.