Residency Conferences

Tuesday Afternoon Educational Conference
Each week, residents have a protected 3-4 hour block devoted to lectures and small group discussions. This afternoon is protected time and residents are excused from all clinical duties. The didactic blocks are structured as an 18-month curriculum which covers all areas of general pediatrics. During residency, each resident will have gone through two cycles of the curriculum.

Clinical Simulation
Once per quarter, the residents spend a Tuesday afternoon in the SimCenter. The residents work in teams to evaluate and treat simulated patients in clinical scenarios. These scenarios are designed and observed by inpatient pediatric faculty. Faculty debriefs the resident teams after each scenario regarding medical knowledge and application, team work, and communication.

Residents as Teachers
Each resident is responsible for the teaching of a CLIPP case to the medical students each clerkship. This experience is in conjunction with the faculty mentor. Evaluations from the medical students are collected following each of these sessions. The faculty mentor provides immediate feedback to the resident regarding their teaching skills.

Morning Report
Morning report is held three days per week and is structured as a case conference. Interesting cases are presented by medical students and residents, which are discussed by the audience of faculty, residents, and students. Evidence Based Medicine presentations are monthly. Interns present a PICO question and seniors present Journal Club. Evidence-based medicine resources and statistical analysis are emphasized in these sessions.

Morbidity and Mortality
A morbidity and mortality conference is held at the end of each block during Morning Report. Residents and faculty discuss cases from the previous block.

Obstetrics and Neonatology/Pediatrics
An obstetrics and neonatology/pediatrics conference is held monthly during morning report. A case is presented from the obstetric and then the neonatology perspective. This provides an opportunity for collaboration and discussion. 

Grand Rounds
Grand rounds are held weekly on Fridays at noon and highlight topics of interest to practicing pediatricians, both generalists and sub-specialists.

Pediatric Post Graduate Conference
All residents attend the annual Pediatric Post Graduate Conference. The conference is sponsored by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Pediatrics. The purpose of this local conference is to provide health care professionals with recent and continuing advances in the field of pediatrics.

Quality Improvement Grand Rounds
At the end of each academic year, PGY2 and PGY3 residents present their QI projects in a Grand Rounds setting. All residents and pediatric faculty attend QI Grand Rounds. The residents each participate in a longitudinal QI project as part of their individualized curriculum and QI Grand Rounds provides a forum for presenting progress and discussing future PDSA cycles with faculty feedback.