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Didactic Training

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Clinical conferences, seminars, evidence-based medicine journal clubs, and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency. As a resident, you participate in the following didactic opportunities.

  • Educational programs: The residency has a very active education conference schedule that includes evidence-based medicine, chief case conference, management conferences, board review sessions, Grand Rounds, and mock codes, in addition to a core curriculum that provides a didactic experience across all the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) pediatric core competencies.
  • Simulation center experiences: All residents participate in state-of-the-art teaching and learning at Mayo Clinic's Multidisciplinary Simulation Centers. Faculty experts have implemented a pediatric case-based curriculum. You’ll participate quarterly in simulation cases and debriefing.
  • Residents as Teachers: All residents have the opportunity to participate in a monthly Residents as Teachers (RAT) session.
  • Longitudinal public speaking curriculum: Each resident has a formal presentation annually and receives feedback and training on improving public speaking and presentation skills.

Conferences and trips

The Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine provides one educational trip or conference during the residency. In addition, you may use up to 10 additional days each year to present results of your research or scholarly activities at national meetings.

Educational conferences and small-group teaching sessions

  • Daily: A noontime education conference is held Monday through Friday at 12:15 p.m.
  • Mondays-Wednesdays (noon): Curriculum includes primary care topics, core sub-specialty curriculum, evidence-based medicine, ethics, global health, advocacy, and board review. Once a month, the residents meet with program leadership in town hall meetings.
  • Tuesday (mornings): Interactive morning report case conference led by residents, with medical student, resident, fellow, and faculty participation.
  • Wednesday (mornings): Chief conference, wellness topics, and the Residents as Teachers (RAT) curriculum.
  • Thursdays: The noon Baldwin Conference series provides each resident with the opportunity to present on a topic of interest once yearly in a CME-approved conference.
  • Friday (morning): Case conferences presented by residents and faculty.
  • Friday (noon): Pediatric Grand Rounds.
  • Monthly (noon): Drug of the Month and Antibiotic of the Month conferences are led by fellows or faculty and are resident favorites. Due to the success and popularity of this series, we have recently added EKG of the Month and Syndrome of the Month conferences.

Department Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds are presented every Friday in which the entire pediatric practice is invited to assemble for a CME-quality conference. Visiting clinicians and Mayo Clinic faculty speak on a variety of clinical, educational, and research topics.

Visiting professors

The Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine hosts a number of guest lecturers each year. They present information on timely topics and have designated luncheons with residents and fellows, so you can have informal discussions with them. You are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities. 

Ward teaching

During inpatient assignments, the attending physicians facilitate small-group teaching sessions on various pertinent topics as part of teaching rounds.

Baldwin Conference

The Baldwin Conference series is conducted every Thursday at noon in the Baldwin Building. The primary objective of this series is to provide a unique opportunity to practice and improve academic presentation skills under faculty supervision and guidance. During each year of residency, you present once at a Baldwin Conference.

You have the opportunity not only to practice presentation style and organization but also to become comfortable in preparing and making future presentations. A specific Baldwin Conference adviser is assigned to you to give specific and actionable feedback. 

In addition, the conferences provide continuing medical education for faculty consultants in the department and ongoing education to resident peers.

Journal club

Once a month, there is a resident-led journal club. In addition, every two to three months, a pediatric faculty member hosts an informal gathering to meet each other, socialize, and review a recent pediatric journal. Significant others/spouses and children are invited to attend these evening gatherings.