Nationwide changes in residency education increasingly require today’s generation of pediatric residents to serve in more roles than merely completing patient care responsibilities, especially in the realm of clinical teaching, yet only a minority of pediatric programs offer residents the necessary tools to succeed in this role.
The pediatric residency program at Advocate Children’s Hospital - Oak Lawn recognizes this challenge, and provides its residents a special curriculum to become successful clinical teachers through its Resident Development Series (RDS). However, RDS also is more than just the typical resident-as-teacher curriculum offered by other programs, it also covers topics vital to physician professional development. RDS is organized as a series of fun and entertaining workshops consisting of interactive projects, games, and role-plays mixed with didactic teaching.
The informal workshops are divided into intern and senior-level topics spread throughout the 3 years of residency :
Intern-level curriculum specifically focuses on topics crucial to residents’ well-being and cultivates one’s on-the-job and learning skills to make residency a little less burdensome. Topics include Managing Stress, Developing a Learning Plan, Medical Professionalism, Dealing with Patient Expectations, and Giving Effective Patient Sign-out.
As residents progress to more leadership and teaching roles, the senior-level workshops cover issues such as Leadership Skills, Adult Learning Theories, the Micro-skills of Clinical Teaching, One-Minute Precepting, Giving Effective Feedback, Addressing the 'Problem Learner', etc.
The RDS provides the relevant and necessary skills in a low-key, enjoyable manner that help ease workplace stress, foster effective clinical teaching, and so much more that residents use both during their training years and beyond into successful clinical practice.