The fellows in all years of training will be expected to attend and participate in a robust didactic schedule. Conferences include:
- Weekly team clinical rounds
- Dedicated Immunology Basic Science Curriculum years 2-3
- Dedicated Board Review Sessions
- Department of Pediatrics Core Curriculum Series
- Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds
- Department of Pediatrics Research Conference
- Monthly Radiology Conference
- Adult Rheumatology Grand Rounds
- Participation in Quality Improvement Projects
Clinical Case Conference
Case conference is held every other week. Discussions surround challenging or unusual cases. Both medical and psychosocial aspects of care are discussed. Physicians, nurses, social work, pharmacy and students of all professions will participate.
Pediatric Rheumatology Journal Club
Journal club is held once a month. The first year fellows will be expected to present a review of the article selected by the on-service attending. Articles will be selected based on the timeliness and impact of the publication.
Monthly Radiology Conference
Conferences with a musculoskeletal radiologist are held once per month. Discussions will surround radiographic studies requested to be reviewed by the clinical staff, generally regarding unusual or challenging cases.
Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics Core Curriculum for Fellows
Fellows will be required to attend the Vanderbilt Department of Pediatric Core Curriculum lecture series, held Thursdays from Noon – 1p.m. For first-year fellows, this is a weekly lecture series running from October through April. Major topics addressed include professionalism, clinical epidemiology, evidence-based medicine, biostatistics, research methodology, study design, ethical principles, manuscript preparation and effective leadership. The lecture series for second-year fellows consists of three lectures held in the spring addressing topics of adult learning theory and leadership skills. The lecture series for third-year fellows consists of 3 lectures held in the fall addressing team management, medical economics and career planning.
The Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds is held Tuesday mornings from 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Speakers are invited both from within and outside Vanderbilt to address a wide variety of topics.
The Department of Pediatrics Research Conference is held Mondays from Noon – 1 p.m. As with Grand Rounds, speakers are invited both from within and outside Vanderbilt.