Department of Pediatrics

Longitudinal Curriculum in Core Pediatric Topics

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Entrance to Texas Children's Hospital

This curriculum is a series of rotations (Pedi 101, Pedi 201, and STaRS) that is unique in that it focuses on teaching, communication, and patient safety as well as many of the “secondary issues” of pediatrics.

Pedi 101 / Pedi 201

These are two week-long courses in the PGY-1 and PGY-2 year respectively which introduce and refine residents’ knowledge and skills regarding the “secondary issues” of medicine. The goal is for residents to become holistic and competent physicians by addressing the following topics:

  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Project DOCC – parents educating doctors
  • Innovative Teaching Strategies
  • Communicating across cultural differences
  • Differential Diagnosis and Clinical Reasoning
  • Communicating with children in an age appropriate manner
  • Systems based practice
  • Environmental Health
  • Evidence based medicine
  • Child Abuse and Intimate Partner violence
  • Introduction to Supervision, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • Mental health
  • Medical Ethics
  • Community Service
  • Professionalism
  • Opioid Management

STaRS Rotation

The STaRS (Safety and Teaching as Resident Supervisors) rotation is a uniquely designed, learner-centered rotation to give residents the opportunity to improve teaching, feedback, and supervising skills. The rotation minimizes direct patient care and combines a variety of learning experiences and hands-on opportunities to teach medical students in the clinical setting, to participate in safety initiatives at the institutional level, and to grow as a coach and leader. Residents complete these activities both at Texas Children’s Hospital and Ben Taub Hospital. The goals and objectives of the rotation are the following:

Teaching- Improve resident confidence in teaching and practical use of advanced teaching skills

  • Develop and execute didactic presentations geared towards medical students and peers
  • Lead bedside teaching sessions geared towards medical students
  • Facilitate learning sessions with peers and interns
  • Design two PREP style questions and critique those written by the other STAR residents
  • Reflect on the your individual identity as teacher

Safety- Enhance resident knowledge, understanding, and application of hospital patient safety practices

  • Identify the various patient safety initiatives in the hospital
  • Describe methods for collecting, identifying, and reporting safety issues
  • Strategize solutions to safety issues that occur in the hospital

Coaching- Improve resident assessment, coaching and feedback skills

  • Directly observe and assess patient presentation and handoffs of interns
  • Provide appropriate, thoughtful, and constructive feedback on patient presentations and handoffs.
  • Coach and evaluate feedback given by peers
  • Recognize the importance of learning advanced teaching and coaching skills