Conferences & Learning

The University of Michigan Pediatric Residency Program is committed to providing an excellent educational experience to our residents.
Our conference curriculum is created specifically to provide a strong educational foundation for our residents. 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.



We host a morning case-based conference and a noon didactic lecture daily. We offer our conferences both in-person and via Zoom. They are interactive and organized to reflect board content specifics outlined by the American Board of Pediatrics. Crash courses are held early each year and are directed towards helping interns develop foundational pediatric knowledge and skills that will be useful during their first clinical year.

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. Interns have a scheduled week of Professional Development and Wellness in order to allow them time to focus on professional, personal, career, and academic goals. Seniors also have two half days of Professional Development and Wellness built into their schedule on elective rotations.

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 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.