Conferences & Learning

The University of Michigan Pediatric Residence Program is committed to providing an excellent educational experience to our residents. Conferences are held in the morning and over lunch on weekdays, and food is provided during each session.

Our conference curriculum is created specifically to provide a strong educational foundation for our residents.  In fact, we’ve found a direct correlation between Pediatric Board scores and our conference attendance! Conferences also provide a nice break from clinical duties, time to connect with co-residents, and the opportunity to get to know some of the pediatric faculty. 

The curriculum includes the following:

Morning Reports

These interactive case conferences allow residents to work together through the presentation, diagnosis and treatment of a challenging or interesting patient. These conferences are highly interactive and often attended by numerous faculty within the pediatric department who offer clinical insights and diagnostic pearls.

Core Conferences

Core Conferences are didactic lectures taught by experts in the field. They are updated regularly to keep residents up-to-date on specialty pediatric care and master material for board certification.

Crash Courses

Crash courses are held during July and August of each year.  These conferences are directed towards helping interns develop foundational pediatric knowledge and skills that will be useful during their first clinical year. Second and third year residents find these sessions as useful reminders as they prepare for board certification or for serving as senior resident on an inpatient team.

Grand Rounds

Weekly Grand Rounds presentations offer in-depth, state-of-the-art reviews of pertinent and contemporary pediatric topics. Presenters include departmental faculty as well as visiting professors and guest speakers from other institutions. These are exciting conferences that help residents stay up-to-date on active issues in the field.

Humanism and Wellness Series

The humanism and wellness series are monthly conferences on a range of topics including but not limited to mental health, mindfulness training, healthy nutrition, and arts/humanities in medicine. There are also routine debriefing sessions where residents are encouraged to share their experiences with each other in a safe, supportive environment.

Journal Clubs

Senior residents select a journal article based on an intriguing clinical question and work with a faculty mentor to lead a discussion surrounding the critical appraisal of the article.

Residents as Teachers Workshops

Residents attend monthly interactive workshops focused on improving their skills as educators.  Key points of educational theory are addressed including attributes of the excellent teacher, principles of adult learning, and strategies for giving and receiving effective feedback.

Procedure Labs


Residents participate in monthly procedure labs to practice procedures under the supervision and guidance of pediatric fellows and attendings.

Global Health Series

Pediatric residents are exposed to fundamental topics in global health. Conferences cover a range of topics, with most recent topics including: tropical dermatology, international neonatal/maternal health, diarrhea and dehydration management in low resource settings, and treatment of neonatal and pediatric HIV/AIDS.