The MUSC Pediatrics Residency Program recognizes that didactic learning is an important adjunct to clinical education. Our didactic curriculum includes weekly protected educational afternoons, three Morning Reports per week, and weekly Grand Rounds, as well as online resources for self-directed learning. All lectures are considered protected time. In the COVID era, we have transitioned most of these conferences to virtual offerings, which have been incredibly well-attended and well-received.

Morning Report occurs every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday with attendance by medical students, residents, and faculty. This is a case-based, resident-driven conference with the primary educational goals of generating a differential diagnosis and management plan. It is an open forum where all attendants are encouraged to participate, express their opinions, and share their knowledge. At the conclusion, a brief slideshow is prepared by the resident presenter and highlights key learning points from the case. The program's educational website is used to archive each case presentation, the summary slideshow, references, and noteworthy commentary made by faculty, attendants, and guests. Morning Report is consistently rated as a favorite conference by students and residents.

Grand Rounds occurs every Friday morning. Guest speakers are invited from the Medical University of South Carolina as well as institutions around the country, and a wide range of topics and research are presented. All third year residents participate in a Grand Rounds “Warm Up” which is a 15-minute lecture and gives residents the opportunity to practice presenting in a larger format on a subject of their interest. 

Academic Half Day is a weekly conference that occurs every Wednesday from 1:00-4:00 pm. This is truly protected educational time without clinical interruption where fellows and attendings cover pagers. The curriculum is a multi-modal, multi-disciplinary interactive conference led by both residents and faculty. The conferences are based on an 18-month curriculum following American Board of Pediatric content specification, in addition to quality improvement, EBM, ethics, and code review sessions.