Educational Experience

Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)
The program shares the American Academy of Pediatrics' vision that early career experiences with goal setting will set the stage for the lifelong learning expected of pediatricians. At the start of each academic year, residents complete an Individualized Learning Plan. Through this exercise, residents self-critique their strengths and weaknesses and set learning goals for the year, including at least a basic plan for how to meet them. The program director and advisers will review each ILP and give feedback to help the resident successfully meet the goals. At the end of the year, residents will re-examine their ILP and comment about progress toward their goals.

Faculty Adviser/Mentors
Each resident will be assigned a faculty adviser or mentor, usually a general pediatrician or behavioral-developmental pediatrician. Switching advisers or adding a specialty adviser is permitted with the approval of the program director. Residents are encouraged to use several faculty advisers depending on their interests and career goals.

The adviser meets with the resident at least bi-annually to review the resident's progress and evaluations. At the fall meeting, the adviser will review the resident's performance on the In-Training Exam and will help the resident develop a board review study plan. Advisers also participate in resident reviews, which they will discuss with the resident. Advisers are available to discuss any personal or professional issue.
Our academic advising program helps residents develop educational plans compatible with professional and personal goals. Academic advising should be viewed as a continuous process of self-reflection, feedback and improvement. Such advising is only the beginning of the lifelong learning and improvement process of a physician career.


Core Curriculum

  • Scheduled two days per week
  • Topics are selected from the Nelson's Essentials of Pediatrics, In-Training Examination results, and American Academy of Pediatrics PREP Content Specifications
  • Topics are presented in a case-based format, whenever possible
  • Board review questions will be incorporated as often as possible
  • Residents ask questions and participate in topic discussions

Grand Attending Rounds

  • Scheduled once a month
  • Forum for a multidisciplinary case presentation demonstrating the importance of teamwork and cooperation between medical, nursing, allied health and social services in providing outstanding patient care

Morning Teaching Conference

  • Scheduled three days per week
  • For inpatient residents on Floor team, PICU, NICU, and FTN and residents assigned to outpatient rotations at KU
  • Case based discussion of interesting cases

Pediatric Grand Rounds

  • Scheduled weekly
  • Presentations by faculty and guest speakers on current pediatric topics of interest

Ethics Conference

  • Scheduled monthly
  • Exposes residents, faculty and others to ethical questions about our field

Journal Club

  • Scheduled monthly
  • Provides a solid exercise in scholarship and critical thinking about the current literature in clinical pediatrics
  • PL1 residents chooses a main article from a current peer-reviewed journal and after mentoring by a faculty advisor presents the article in a scholarly manner for the department

Patient Safety Conference

  • Scheduled monthly
  • PGY2 residents present a case where the system impacted patient safety and/or quality.
  • The goal of the conference is to identify systems based issues that can be studied and improved on in the future

Senior Residents' Conference

  • Scheduled monthly
  • PGY3 residents present a scholarly presentation on a topic of their choice with mentoring from a faculty mentor.

Last modified: Oct 09, 2015