Pediatric Chair's Friday For​um

The Pediatric Chair's Friday Forum is a weekly interactive conference held October-June that is facilitated by faculty and residents. It is structured to have rotating themed-forums, with emphasis on various clinical and academic skills.

Time: Noon- 1 p.m.

  • Week 1- Clinical Reasoning (10/2, 11/6, 12/11, 1/8, 2/5, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7, 6/4)
  • Week 2- Evidence-Based Medicine (10/9, 11/13, 12/4, 1/15, 2/12, 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11)
  • Week 3- Morbidity and Mortality (10/16, 12/18, 1/22, 2/19, 3/19, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18)
  • Week 4- Research in Progress (10/23, 11/20, 2/26, 6/25)
  • Week 5- Ethics (9/30, 1/29, 4/23)

Target Audience
Department of Pediatrics and School of Medicine faculty, community pediatricians, fellows, residents, and students are welcome to attend this weekly interactive session to enhance their critical thinking skills in give designated forums.

Course Objectives
Pediatric Chair's Friday Forum is designed to promote learning and participation in an academic setting. Its overall objectives are to instill life-long learning practices for participants and to further develop critical thinking skills essential to the practice of medicine and translational science.

March 12- Evidence-Based Medicine

Re-Opening Schools- Transmission of New Findings to Increase Buy-In, Not Cases

Article: Incidence and Secondary Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Schools

Presented by Louise Vaz, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Adrian Banerji, M.D., PG-2, Department of Pediatrics, Joanna Galindo, M.D., M.B.A., M.S., PG-1, Department of Pediatrics, Paul Mitchell, M.D., PG-1, Department of Pediatrics, and Janani Rajkumar, M.B.B.S., PG-1, Department of Pediatrics 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Demonstrate the low incidence of secondary transmissions in schools that implement and adhere to standard public health practices (e.g. mask, distancing, hand washing) among pupils, educators, and administrators
  • Explore ways on how to counsel families on school re-opening and choosing the right environment for their children
March 19- Morbidity and Mortality

When the Patient is One Step Ahead: Real-Life Fallout from the Cures Act

Bridget O'Connell-Long, M.D., PGY-3, Pediatric Residency Program and Erin Burns, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care Medicine

Learning objectives: 

  • To review presenting signs and symptoms of a difficult pediatric diagnosis
  • To discuss best practices and anticipatory guidance surrounding immediate-release results 
April 2- Clinical Reasoning

Lorne Walker

April 9- Evidence-Based Medicine

Savannah Coe, Carlee Beckler, Ethan Canty, and Laurel Hoffman 

April 16- Health Equity Rounds

Zach Hutchinson 

April 23- Ethics
May 7- Clinical Reasoning

Abbie Bauer 

May 14- Evidence-Based Medicine

Olivia Charlier, Aaron Davis, Anja Tjaden and Amit Mehta 

May 21- Morbidity and Mortality

Jordan Frei and Bronwyn Baz

June 4- Clinical Reasoning


June 11- Evidence-Based Medicine

Christine Dinh, Meredith Haag, Rachael Mullin and Alex Foster 

June 18- Health Equity Rounds

Kelsie Bond

June 25- Research in Progress