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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. All noon conferences adn grand rounds presentations at UCLA are videorecorded for later use or educational reference.

Click the image below to see an example month of didactics:


  • Didactics include morning reports and noon conferences at our clinical sites focus on clinical decision making, and include case presentations and interactive discussion with our residents. Teaching is facilitated by the chief residents and faculty.
  • Evening Teaching Rounds are facilitated by our hospitalist and occur nightly at UCLA and UCLA Santa Monica.


  • Pediatric Grand Rounds (click link at left to watch recorded presentations) 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 Conferences take place at the start of every continuity clinic session. Based on a comprehensive outpatient curriculum, review papers are presented in the small group setting with dicussion lead by residents and faculty in 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 upon 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.  
  • Evidence-Based Medicine sessions also focus upon gaining experience in critically appraising medical literature in a small group setting.
  • Quality Improvement and Performance Improvement is a department-wide meeting led by the Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs. These sessions focus on identifying and approving upon systems issues which affect patient care quality, as well as presenting local Quality Improvement or Quality Assurance initiatives.
  • Resident Wellbeing A variety of monthly sessions including intern-senior support and balient groups have been incorporated into the didatic curriculum.
  • 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.
  • 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.



  • 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.
  • Chief Career Series is a composed of multiple evening group sessions where residents are invited to learn about job searches, career tracks and hear from alumni or guest speakers on career development.
  • 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.