AHD is an innovative and interactive curriculum that replaces the traditional lecture-based noon conference curriculum. Residents attend AHD one Tuesday afternoon per month from 1:30p - 5:00p in a protected learning environment free from patient care responsibilities. The curriculum is designed specifically for interns and upper-level (PL2 and PL3) residents. AHD topics have included Cardiology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Metabolics/Genetics, Neurology, Psychiatry/Child Abuse, Emergency Medicine, Rheumatology, Dermatology, Allergy/Immunology, Surgical subspecialties, and ICU.
LSG takes place during the protected time for each resident one half day a month on Tuesday afternoons. This forum is a confidential and safe environment for residents to discuss difficult topics in medicine that are not covered in traditional residency education and are to enhance our residents' resiliency. Topics include communication and shared decision making, emotional wellbeing, ethical dilemmas, and dealing with death and bad outcomes. These sessions provide opportunities to connect with your co-residents and develop mentoring relationships with faculty.
From 7:30a - 8:30a each day, morning report is held for all residents at Children's Hospital Colorado. This interactive conference is led by a chief or a resident. Residents present a case to assembled students, residents, and faculty. The differential diagnosis, work-up, and management of the patient is then discussed by residents and faculty. Chief-led morning reports focus on common pediatric issues with questions and discussions geared towards all levels of residents. In addition, radiology and "Ask the Experts" sessions are included.
On days we don't have AHD or LSG, students will often gather for either a lecture on a core pediatric topic, resident wellness, or a resident-led conference. Lunch is provided every weekday.
Resident lecture topics have included:
Intern Report, a case presentation
Evidence-Based Clinical Effectiveness Conference (EBCEC), presented by our interns
Supervisor's Conference, a case-drive topical conference given by our senior residents
Collaborative Case Review, given by a Chief Resident
This time slot is also occasionally used for special guest presentations.
On Fridays from September through May, the noon conference is replaced by department-wide Grand Rounds.
Attendings, fellows, and senior residents offer teaching points at the bedside throughout morning rounds. Fellows contribute greatly to resident education, while still permitting residents primary responsibility for all patients. Fellows are involved on a daily basis in the PICU, NICU, Heme-Onc, and Pulmonary services. Fellows from other specialties consult regularly on all the inpatient and outpatient services. Didactic education also occurs on many rotations presenting specialty-specific curriculum.