Department of Pediatrics and Human Development
College of Human Medicine

Our Systems-Based Practice Curriculum incorporates the tenets of the systems-based practice core competency, including: work within various health care settings; patient care coordination, cost awareness, and advocacy; the enhancement of patient safety and quality care; and the identification and treatment of system errors. This is accomplished through: didactic lectures; participation in an advocacy project; QI projects; attendance at committee meetings; and a 1-month rotation in the resident’s 2nd year, during which they will spend time learning about appropriate use of and communication with several ancillary service areas.

Most required conferences are clustered into a single weekly “Teaching Morning,” each Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. These include some very unique teaching series!

  1. Pediatric Grand Rounds
    Thursdays 8:00 AM – 9:00 a.m.
    Location: Sparrow Hospital (Auditorium)
  2. Journal Club/Critical Analysis of the Medical Literature
    Residents engage in discussion of a recent significant article. Principles of evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal of the medical literature are reviewed. Faculty will supervise the selection of articles, and guide the scientific discussion.
  3. Subspecialty Cases
    Residents, under the direct guidance of attending, present interesting floor cases, PICU cases and NICU cases on a rotating basis. Residents and attending engage in discussion of up to date pediatrics as it relates to each case. These cases also allow for review and reflection of diagnosis and management for quality improvement and patient safety.
  4. Morbidity and Mortality Conference
    Residents, Fellows or Attendings present all deaths and important cases of morbidity, including health care quality or patient safety issues, to facilitate identification of systems improvement opportunities and to address issues leading to medical error.
  5. Core Curriculum Conference
    Thursdays 10:40 AM – 1:00 PM (weekly)
    This series includes didactic sessions and group educational formats. It covers fundamental clinical, scientific and board specific topics based on the American Board of Pediatric Content Specifications, as well as special topics addressing the Core Competency curriculum.
  6. Interesting Outpatient Case
    Residents, under the direct guidance of attending, present an interesting or learning outpatient case either from continuity clinic or sub-specialty clinics. The focus of the presentation or discussion is on diagnosis and management.
  7. Pediatrics in Review Jeopardy
    Residents create Jeopardy questions based on 1-3 Pediatrics in Review articles as part of board preparation.
  8. Morning Report
    Every Tuesday and Friday 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Each intern presents a case admitted the night before with a specific goal and objective for the discussion led by an attending physician.
  9. Integrated Basic Science Lecture
    One Thursday six times per year and integrated into the core curriculum conference. Six lectures per year with a focus on the basic sciences. Examples include metabolic disorders, and growth problems.
  10. Research Curriculum
    Eight online modules plus 4 group discussions per year. Online modules cover the basics of research which are required for completion during the research rotation. Group sessions are designed to facilitate resident research projects in a group setting.
  11. Mock Code Simulation Curriculum
    Once a month on Thursdays. This includes simulation, lead by pediatric intensivists, of deteriorating patients with different conditions, codes, and procedures.
  12. Board Review Series
    One Thursday of each month 7:00 – 8:00 .m.. Includes questions and answers format for content and practice test taking skills.
  13. Nightshift Curriculum
    One on-line module per week while on the floor rotation. On-line modules (developed nationally) followed by review questions pertaining to issues and medical knowledge specific to night shift.
  14. Radiology Rounds
    Review interesting or confounding cases with imaging with our pediatric radiologist once a week while on inpatient services.

Research Project

Over the three years, residents are required to do a research project of their choice and present during Grand Rounds in the third year of residency. This can be a clinical research, chart reviews, or a published project. Many residents have gone on to publish or present their projects nationaly at the Pediatric Academic Society's annual meeting.

Child Advocacy Curriculum

Advocacy and community pediatrics have been a focus at our program for a decade or more. Our advocacy curriculum is a longitudinal curriculum over three years of residency and includes didactics, workshops and completing an advocacy project with presentation at the end of third year. Didactic experiences occur during the scheduled resident teaching block and include introduction to advocacy and community pediatrics, the medical home concept as well as other systems of care. Experiential components are primarily integrated into other rotations, namely the general pediatrics rotation and the developmental/behavioral pediatrics rotation. These experiences include home visits with maternal-infant health nurses, school visits, participation in evaluations of children with special needs and participating in a child abuse evaluation. The primary workshop experience over the past few years has been the legislative advocacy experience. Taking advantage of our proximity to the Capitol and to the MIAAP chapter, we have instituted a two-day experience that gives residents practice researching and developing a position paper, creating a fact sheet for legislators, and calling and meeting with legislators and their staffers.