Example Didactics Month

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.

Daily

  • Morning Reports at Miller Children's and Olive View focus on clinical decision-making and review of cases seen by the night team, and includes 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 to focus on case-based learning organized into organ system blocks, with case presentations by residents, and teaching facilitated by the chief residents and faculty.
  • Nighttime Teaching is performed at UCLA and Santa Monica hospitals, led by in-house Pediatric Hospitalist faculty, focused on the clinical experiences of night rotations, including acute management issues and code situations.

Weekly

  • 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. UCLA Grand Rounds are teleconferenced on Friday mornings to Olive View and UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center. 
  • +1 Week Thurs AM Didactics: Your +1 ambulatory week includes an educational half-day on Thursday mornings. 
    • Continuity Clinic Conference takes place as part of the Thurs AM didactic sessions. These talks are led by Dr. James Lee and based on the Yale Outpatient Pediatric Curriculum. These talks are case-based interactive learning modules that include topics related to child development, well-child care, and common outpatient primary care issues.

Monthly

  • 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. These occur monthly during noon conference. 
  • Mock Codes are led by intensive care faculty, and combine didactics and hands-on scenarios to practice PALS, NRP and resuscitation skills. These occur monthly during noon conference. 

Quarterly

  • 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. Kamzan, provides an opportunity to review and apply concepts in critical appraisal of scientific literature held monthly at Santa Monica UCLA, 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.

Annually

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  • 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.
  • PICU Rotation Lecture Series is is scheduled during your UCLA PICU rotation and will cover mechanical ventilation, shock, traumatic brain injury, vasoactive medications, and sedative medications.