Educational Curriculum

Educational Curriculum

At Jersey Shore, there is a strong emphasis placed on didactic learning. This includes morning reports, journal club, board review, Grand Rounds, “Oops” conferences, case presentations, as well as conferences with nationally renowned guest speakers. Our program offers an outstanding educational curriculum that includes:

  • Resident school/Thursday lecture series
  • Morning report
  • Evidence Based Medicine presentations
  • Pediatric Journal Club presentations
  • House staff professionalism lecture series
  • Resident wellness curriculum
  • Professionalism morning report
  • Pediatric radiology teaching rounds
  • Clinical pathology case conferences
  • Combined OB/Pediatric perinatal conferences
  • “Resident as Teacher” curriculum
  • Small group discussions including QI presentations, board reviews and “Oops” conferences
  • OSCES (with trained actors) teaching communication skills
  • New Jersey residency advocacy program
  • Resident retreats
  • Simulation center/procedure workshops
  • Global health curriculum- Recent trips to Haiti
  • Intern “Boot camp”

Morning Report

Held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning from 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Residents present recent admissions and interesting cases from their inpatient and outpatient rotations with other residents and both general and subspecialty faculty members in attendance. 

Grand Rounds / Tuesday Morning Pediatric Conference

Held every Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., speakers from all aspects of pediatrics provide lectures on a diverse array of topics. Pediatric conferences are on a rotating schedule with Grand Rounds to include Resident Case Conferences, GI Clinical Pathology Case Conferences, Pediatric Research Conferences, Morbidity and Mortality Conferences and Evidence Based Medicine Presentations.

Thursday Lecture Series (aka Resident School)

Every Thursday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30, residents participate in a series of didactic sessions presented by various faculty members from general pediatrics and sub-specialties. Residents are excused from clinical responsibilities during this time with faculty; coverage of responsibilities is generally provided by PGY-4 chief, on-service attendings, the hospitalist fellow or mid-level practitioners. All residents are expected to attend except for those that are ill, on night float, on out-of-town rotations or on vacation. Resident and faculty feedback is used to continually update the curriculum.

The advantages of Resident School, when compared with our prior traditional, daily didactic format are:

  1. Improved resident attendance at didactic sessions by providing alternate clinical coverage during these sessions (by faculty and the PGY-4 chief resident and hospitalist fellow)
  2. Increased resident preparedness for passing the American Board of Pediatrics certification examination by allowing residents to have a protected educational experience
  3. Improved resident and faculty satisfaction with didactic offerings through improved attendance with fewer interruptions

OB/Neonatal Collaborative Meeting

Pediatric and OB/GYN residents work together to prepare and present an interesting, difficult or unique case from our NICU. Faculty and residents from both specialties are encouraged to attend and engage in scholarly conversation to promote understanding and investment in the closely connected patient populations.

Boards Review (held weekly from January to June)

Our program incorporates weekly Boards Review sessions with our general pediatricians as well as pediatric subspecialists to cover the Pediatric Board Exam Content Specifications. This review series incorporates both l/ didactics and boards questions into each session. In addition to these weekly sessions from January to June, our Chief Resident also provides questions in the “Boards Corner” section of our weekly Newsletter all year round.

In 2017, our program had a 100% pass rate on the board exam. From 2015-2017, the program has an 82% pass rate for American Board of Pediatrics. Additionally, out of 9 pediatric programs in the state of New Jersey, our program has consistently performed in the top 3 programs.

Evidence Based Medicine

Our Pediatric Residency program includes a formal curriculum in evidence-based medicine (EBM). The EBM teaching is integrated into our established educational and clinical activities. An EBM presentation is an academic requirement for each third-year resident. These presentations are done under the mentorship of an assigned faculty member and are given during Grand Rounds so that all faculty and community pediatricians are able to attend.

Pediatric Journal Club

A scholarly article is selected by each PGY-2 resident based on their own personal interests. The resident works with a faculty member to review the article and complete a formal presentation for all residents and faculty. All residents read the article in advance, attend the conference and participate in the discussion. This article review allows the resident, under the tutelage of a faculty member, to perform a critical review of the literature. This also allows the resident to learn and practice techniques that are useful in performing literature searches and critical appraisals of articles in preparation for their own scholarly activity requirement.

House Staff Professionalism Lecture Series

All residents at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center are required to attend the monthly house-staff lecture series. Various topics are covered such as the ACGME competencies, wellness, quality improvement, professionalism, communication and cultural competency.

Intern “Boot camp” Series of lectures during the first few months of the program aimed towards orienting interns to the basics of pediatric residency. Topics include writing history and physicals, obtaining pediatric specific information, presenting on rounds, orientation to nursery and much more!