Participation in Division and Fellowship Seminars
The fellows participate in three different seminar series - each of which serves a distinct purpose.
Division Work in Progress Sessions
Work in Progress sessions (WIPs) take place weekly within the Division of General Pediatrics. The purpose of the WIP session is for the presenter to receive constructive feedback on his/her work from the group of researchers. Often, individuals will present preliminary data analyses, methodologic quandries or alternative methods to study a particular phenomenon. Typically, we have a statistician and an epidemiologist present, and someone designated to take notes for the presenter.
Fellows Report is a combined seminar with the fellows in General Internal Medicine. This seminar gives fellows the opportunity to present their work on a regular basis to a multidisciplinary audience drawn from Pediatrics, General Internal Medicine, Family Practice, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Fellows Report is a monthly conference (each session lasting 1½ hours). It is similar in format to the WIP session, but only fellows are allowed to present; and the emphasis is making one's research appealing to a wide array of generalist and health services researchers.
Division Fellows Seminars
This weekly conference is designed to complement the WIP session. Combined with the General Internal Medicine fellows, this seminar series emphasizes important aspects of academic medicine that are not taught in formal coursework. Sessions include: Getting the Most from Your Research Mentor; Negotiating an Academic Job; Presenting at Meetings; How to Explain Your Academic Interests on an Elevator Ride (i.e. with limited time); Abstract and Paper Writing.
Fellows Journal Club
A one-hour journal club is held approximately 14 times a year with the General Internal Medicine fellows. Sessions focus on critically evaluating a range of articles covering a range of study designs such as superiority RCT, pilot, qualitative, and cohort designs. Journal clubs are led by the fellows with support from faculty.
Fellows Coffee with the Fellowship Director and Division Chief
The fellows have coffee with the fellowship director and division chief monthly to discuss specific pediatric fellowship issues and provide on-going feedback in an informal setting.
Faculty presence is required at each of these seminars; and in this way, fellows have regular contact with the entire division of general pediatrics.