Our program is built upon daily teaching opportunities that are both formal and informal in nature. Our schedule attempts to integrate clinical learning with a comprehensive program of structured conferences. Opportunities for learning include conferences at the CARES institute, Cooper University Health Care and Rowan University-School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Each Friday, the faculty and fellows will convene academic discussion. The year-long schedule includes monthly case conferences, lectures and journal club. Attendance is mandatory, schedule permitting.
Faculty and fellows will present clinical cases for peer review and discussion of evidence based management.
Fellows and upper-level fellows will present lectures on various topics related to abuse and neglect, with a focus on the differential diagnosis to accurately diagnose abuse and prevent misdiagnosis.
Based on the principles of evidence-based medicine, journal club is designed to hone skills in the critical evaluation and application of medical literature to patient care. Faculty and fellows will present Journal Club, with faculty actively involved to guide the fellow through the process.
Each Friday, prior to the Fellow/Faculty conference, the faculty and fellows meet with the administrative team to discuss issues surrounding practice management.
CARES Institute Experts in Child Abuse and Neglect Lecture Series & Annual Symposium
The CARES Institute hosts an annual symposium and three half-day quarterly trainings at which internationally-recognized experts in the field of child abuse share their skills and knowledge about best practices.
CARES Institute Research Meeting
At this monthly meeting, faculty and research staff at CARES discuss on-going and future opportunities for research.
CARES Institute TFCBT Training Meetings
Each week, faculty and staff meet with post-doctoral fellows and mental health clinicians for training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Cooper University Health Care
The fellow’s schedule will be structured to maximize the ability to attend Pediatric Grand Rounds and other regularly scheduled conferences and Team Meetings at Cooper.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
A weekly conference, these rounds feature topics presented by both full-time faculty and visiting professors. Attendees include house staff, faculty, pediatricians in private practice, nurses, medical students and a variety of ancillary support staff.
Pediatric Chief’s Rounds
Occurring weekly, this conference is run by the residents and offers the opportunity to present an interesting case to the residents and faculty. This exercise teaches the residents to generate a differential diagnosis and management strategy.
Morbidity and Mortality Conference
This monthly conference is presented by a third-year resident. The goal of this conference is to identify systems issues and make recommendations for changes in the system that improve patient safety.
Studies are reviewed with one of the pediatric radiologists on a regular basis. A formal conference where interesting cases are discussed occurs quarterly.
Morning Report is held two times per week and is a forum for discussion of admissions to all services. In addition to the residents on the inpatient service, all residents on-site are required to attend. General pediatrics and subspecialty faculty are present for the discussion.
Cooper Emergency Medicine Conference Series
The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in monthly Emergency Medicine fellow conferences.
Competency Based Evaluation
The program has a series of evaluations and tasks that are completed for each resident to evaluate a resident’s competence. The process includes assembling a portfolio of these tasks each year and reflecting on what has been accomplished by completing a self assessment. Residents meet with their advisor and the program director to review their progress and to make goals for the next 6 months.