Teaching Conferences and Retreat Schedule

Excellent clinical experience are supplemented with educational conferences: daily morning report and noon conferences, which use case-based, group discussion and traditional lecture formats. These experiences are combined with hands-on sessions in neonatal resuscitation, critical care certification, procedure workshops, and other sessions to address all of the competencies needed to become a well-rounded physician. Annual retreats off campus allow for extra workshops on topics from teaching, communication, leadership and practice/financial management.


Once monthly, morning report is devoted to a discussion of less clinical but critically important domains within medicine such as professionalism, communications issues or health care systems.

Grand Rounds are held on Wednesday mornings weekly. Faculty, residents, students and staff attend presentations by visiting lecturers or IU School of Medicine faculty, which encompass timely topics such as new clinical advances, research contributions, updated clinical reviews or health care news.

Noon conferences are held daily at Riley Hospital for Children. Noon conferences cycle through different topics throughout the academic year in a program designed to be both comprehensive and practical for residents. Effort is made to deliver important information from the breadth of necessary pediatric skills.

Journal Club is a resident-lead activity with small group sessions every month. The activity follows a curricular schedule to prepare residents to assess the specific types of common literature formats.

Boards Review is part of a coordinated curriculum provided by expert lecturers from across fields of pediatric care. Emphasis is placed on topics which are critical information for the clinically-astute pediatrician.

Residents who are parents bring in their young children for an interactive format that demonstrates normal child development, healthy parenting techniques and effective anticipatory guidance skills.

Campus faculty and visiting practitioners provide insights into types of clinical practice, practice management issues and health care environment realities.

Senior residents are required to complete a project on a clinical or scientific topic of their choice and give an original presentation.

All residents become certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).

Annual Retreat

The Pediatrics Resident Retreat is an annual 1-2 day off-campus event that provides a relaxed environment for education and social interaction between residents and program leaders. In addition to social activities, retreats are designed to expand a resident’s teaching skills, to prepare them to be community leaders, and to enhance their skills in medicine and aspects of practice management.

Year 1 Retreat: Becoming a Supervising Resident
Year 2 Retreat: Professional Development
Year 3 Retreat: Preparing for Practice