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Residents participate in a wide variety of didactic teaching conferences at each site, including daily morning reports, noon conferences, QI/PI (morbidity and mortality) conferences, Grand Rounds, weekly Case Conference presentations, teaching rounds, journal clubs, EBM conferences, and sessions at the UCLA Simulation Center.

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  • Morning Reports focus on clinical decision making, and include case presentations by residents, with teaching facilitated by the chief residents and faculty.
  • Noon Conference is a comprehensive didactic lecture series scheduled at each site with an integrated didactic curricula to complement the clinical experiences at each campus. The UCLA curriculum is organized into organ system blocks, and taught by faculty.
  • Evening Reports occur Monday-Wednesday, and parallel Morning Reports, however, instead focusing on topics faced by the night team. We are currently participating in a national pilot study night curriculum.


  • Pediatric Grand Rounds at all sites are department-wide presentations on topics ranging from cutting-edge research to important clinical innovations or new developments in medical-education.  Presenters include UCLA faculty, as well as invited national or international experts.
  • Continuity Clinic Conference Series takes place at the start of every continuity clinic session. Based on a comprehensive outpatient curriculum, review papers are presented in the small group setting of the continuity clinic. About 50 topics are covered, one topic per week, including child development, well-child care, and common outpatient primary care issues. 


  • Journal Club focuses on learning to critically appraise new research in pediatrics. A faculty member works with a second year resident to identify recently published articles, and present a review of the paper to the program. This occurs in place of one noon conference every month.  
  • Quality Improvement and Performance Improvement is a department-wide meeting led by the Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs, and system-level problems identified with delivering optimal patient care, as well as presenting local Quality Improvement or Quality Assurance initiatives. This occurs in place of one morning report every month.
  • Palliative Care Lecture Series is a specialized monthly curriculum which spans over the course of the year, and provides education in topics related to palliative care, such as pain management and grieving.  This occurs during one noon conference every month.
  • Mock Codes are led by intensive care faculty, and combine didactics and hands-on scenarios to practice PALS, NRP and resuscitation skills. These occur during morning report, twice each month.


  • Simulation (SIM) Center led by intensive care faculty, provides a full-fidelity simulation experience for residents to practice in a "mega-code" scenario.  Residents are scheduled to participate in small groups twice each year.
  • Evidence Based Medicine Series led by Dr. Perkins, provides an opportunity to review and apply concepts in critical appraisal of scientific literature.  Residents are scheduled to participate in small groups twice each year.


  • Acute Care Lecture Series is scheduled through the first quarter of each academic year during noon conference and runs concurrently at the Mattel Children's Hospital campus and at the Cedars-Sinai campus. The goal of this series is to raise the intern's comfort level in key emergent situations, and includes such topics as Fluids and Electrolytes, an Approach to Dysrhythmias, the Management of Codes, Shock, DKA, Suturing, Ingestions, Status Asthmaticus, Status Epilepticus, etc.  The same lecture topics are presented at these sites to ensure that interns at each site have the opportunity to hear every topic, and to minimize repetition of lectures.
  • Senior Orientation Week is scheduled at the beginning of the PL-2 year, and covers subspecialty emergencies, resident teaching, and sessions on how to be a team leader.
  • Board Review Series is a resident-run review course to review and prepare for the American Board of Pediatrics certification examination. Residents are also offered significant price reduction for the national UCLA Annual Board Review course organized on by the Pediatrics Department.