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Educational Highlights

We believe that residents are in the best position to understand their own unique learning needs. Learn more about the educational process we follow, and opportunities we offer to residents.

Individualized coaching

Pediatric residents receive individualized coaching

To encourage residents to reflect on their experiences, we work hard to maintain a good balance between giving residents enough patients and experiences to learn from and enough time to consolidate those experiences through reflection, discussion and reading deeply.

Rotation directors meet with residents at the start of each rotation to discuss the rotation expectations and resident's individual goals in order to target the learning experiences during the rotation toward what the resident most needs to learn. With support and guidance, residents utilize an "Individualized Curriculum Planning" tool to design their elective and individualized experience.

Evaluation and feedback

Effective feedback must include both formative and summative components that are tailored to the learner's specific learning needs and perspective. Opportunities for frequent on-the-fly coaching and feedback are created by the close relationships between our faculty and residents, which enable teaching faculty to work regularly enough with all residents to provide progressive feedback over time.

Rotation directors meet with residents regularly throughout each rotation to discuss summative feedback and ongoing learning goals. Evaluations are based on multiple sources of input from various members of the healthcare team, including: direct observation of patient care; oral presentations on rounds; review of documentation; staff and nursing comments; and patient satisfaction surveys.

Simulation opportunities

Photo of simulation training session

Simulation training now stands at the forefront of medical education. With a growing body of evidence suggesting many advantages to incorporating simulation training in medical education, our pediatric residency has responded by incorporating regularly scheduled simulation sessions into the residency curriculum. These sessions provide experiential opportunities that mirror real-life situations in an interactive method and incorporates direct feedback and reflective learning, both hallmarks of adult learning.

Some benefits of simulation include providing a safe environment where mistakes do not cause patient harm; exposure to rare but complicated events; ability to tailor the level of difficulty to individual learners' needs; stimulating immediate feedback; encouraging repetitive and deliberate practice; and fostering team training.

We utilize our state-of-the-art simulation center for many activities, including resident mock code training for both pediatric and neonatal scenarios, third- and fourth-year medical student sessions, resident small group procedural sessions, and participation in multiple simulation research and quality improvement projects. We also have a simulation curriculum that each resident is expected to complete on a yearly basis to ensure adequate training in pediatric procedures and resuscitation.

Preventive Medicine Residency Program

The Pediatrics Preventive Medicine Residency Program is a special five-year program offered in conjunction with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

A successful completion results in a Master's of Public Health degree from Dartmouth as well as board eligibility in Pediatrics and in Preventive Medicine. The program is structured as a leadership track option for those Dartmouth residents taking a clinical residency who wish to gain further knowledge and skills in the measurements of outcomes and the leadership of change and improvement in health care systems.

Residents are accepted into the master's track by competitive application after joining the pediatric residency program.

About the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI)

TDI is a dynamic force within Dartmouth College, dedicated to improving health care through education, research, policy reform, leadership improvement, and communication with patients and the public. Learn more about TDI initiatives and research on the TDI website.