Our residents are required to attend daily morning report and noon conferences on either categorical side. However, Mondays are specifically for Med-Peds! Our Med-Peds specific didactics occur every Monday in the form of morning report and noon conference.
While COVID shook up our “normal” academic lives, it allowed our program to rethink and reboot the way we structured our didactics. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have started a new format for our curriculum that utilizes various platforms (virtual, simulation, skills labs, etc) and incorporates many learning styles (audio, visual, kinesthetic, etc) to best fit our residents' needs.
Our comprehensive didactics is comprised of journal club, a professional development series, a clinical mastery series, simulation, and continuity clinic-based lectures. Here is a little more information:
This series focuses on topics which are extremely high yield clinically and are directly tied to objectives from the American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Internal Medicine. The clinical mastery series makes up the largest portion of our Med-Peds Mondays (58 lectures!) and incorporates several modalities: hands-on skills such as casting/splinting, skills labs (like central line placement or intubations), and virtual lectures led by both residents and attendings. How did we choose which topics to focus on? Great question! We used our programs' in-training exams (ITE) for the last year to focus our efforts. In addition, we use the resident-led lectures to provide our learners with feedback on their presentation design and delivery.
High yield and practice changing, our Journal Club is focused on learning critical appraisal skills and applying it to newly emerging medical literature. Journal club is resident led with mentorship provided by our Med-Peds chief residents, and faculty advisor Dr. Agnes Sundarasen. It is also an opportunity to review high yield biostatistic topics in preparation for boards.
Our Professional Development (PD) series are half day conferences that cover a wide range of topics ranging anywhere from combating imposter syndrome to having crucial conversations. These Professional Development conferences happen twice a year (in the Fall, and Spring), and residents are excused from clinical duties so they may participate. Lectures are delivered and facilitated by a combination of guest speakers, program leadership, and core faculty.
Our robust simulation program occurs monthly and encourages residents to think on their feet! Simulation is led by a core Med Peds faculty. In simulation, we review acute clinical scenarios in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics that allow for residents to practice patient stabilization (yes, that includes running codes!) and on-the-fly critical thinking in a safe, realistic learning environment.
Continuity Clinic Lectures
Newly re-vamped this academic year, our longitudinal outpatient curriculum is certainly one for the books! Each weeks, residents, among their clinic groups, will explore a high yield outpatient topic (pediatrics or adults), answer related questions and review a key physical exam finding. Outpatient topic review can range anywhere from listening to a podcast, reading a short article, or participating in a group discussion facilitated by their clinic preceptor. The curriculum draws from a number of outpatient resources, including from Stanford, Vanderbilt, and John Hopkins.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Curriculum
In a joint effort between our program, Geisinger Internal Medicine, and Geisinger Internal Medicine NE, a diversity, equity and inclusion longitudinal curriculum was recently implemented. Once every 1-2 month, residents will have the opportunity to participate in lectures covering a variety of topics ranging from care for special populations such as LGBTQ+ and veterans, to exploring health equity in the system. This is one of many initiatives our residents have the opportunity to participate in related to our broader DEI efforts.