Core Conferences

Pediatric Education and Active Learning (PEARL) Conference

  • Interactive, case-based educational sessions led by our dedicated pediatric faculty on Friday afternoons
  • These conferences are multidisciplinary, providing perspectives from different specialties
  • To promote resident education, pagers are forwarded to faculty during this conference (12:30-4pm)

PEARL Conference

Morning Report

  • This dynamic, resident-driven conference focuses on the problem-oriented approach to both inpatient and outpatient cases of interest
  • The chief residents facilitate discussion about the differential diagnoses, management, and plan with support from faculty in attendance
  • This conference is held Monday and Wednesday from 8-9am

Problem Conference

  • This popular, chief-led conference emphasizes in-depth, critical thinking in the development of differential diagnosis, evidence-based evaluation and treatment of an interesting case
  • Conference is held Tuesdays 8-9am

Grand Rounds

  • Local and national speakers discuss state-of-the-art research, clinical initiatives, health care delivery practices, and a comprehensive review of important pediatric topics
  • Grand rounds are hosted in the medical school every Thursday from 730-830 am

Chair Rounds

  • The Chair of Pediatrics, Dr. Wald (a pediatric infectious disease specialist), attends rounds on Thursday mornings with the inpatient team to offer additional teaching and guidance

Additional Conferences

Journal Club

  • Monthly morning conference to discuss strategies for forming questions, searching for relevant articles, analyzing content, understanding study methods and statistical theories, and the application of results into medical practice

Schwartz Rounds

  • Bi-monthly forum for professional caregivers from different departments to discuss the social and emotional aspects of caring for patients. Each session emphasizes a specific theme or topic and is regularly attended by professionals in multiple disciplines

M&M (Morbidity and Mortality)

  • Once monthly, a third year resident present a case conference focusing on areas for improvement in patient care


  • Monthly presentations, led by senior residents, reviewing a journal article of their choosing, addressing a PICO question


  • Our interns present the projects they created during their advocacy month


Developmental/Genetics Rounds

  • On Thursday afternoons, our genetic/development specialists discuss interesting patients currently on the wards

Board Review

  • Every other Friday morning our senior residents meet with an attending to discuss board review questions pertaining to that faculty’s specialty.

Intern Conference

  • Interns gather together every other Friday morning to have either an intern-only morning report session with the chiefs or an “intern boot camp” lecture given by faculty on a core pediatric topic.

Subspecialty conferences

  • Each specialty has weekly conferences that residents are encouraged to attend