Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum Schedule 2017-2018

Date, Time, and Location Topics

August 30, 2017
1:30-4:30
Wilf Conference Room 1&2

Senior Fellow Session
1:30 CV Preparation - Susan Berry, MD
2:20 Interview Tips - Terri Laguna, MD, MSCS
3:30 Contract Negotiation - Joseph Neglia, MD, MPH
4:00 Get a Job Panel, a question and answer session with: Nathan Gossai, MD; Bazak Sharon, MD; Maggie Skrypek, MD & Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

September 6, 2017
1:30-3:15
Wilf Conf Room 1

First Year Fellow Session
1:30 Scholarly Activity - Cathy Bendel, MD & Brandon Nathan, MD

November 1, 2017
1:30-4:30
Wilf Conference Room 1&2

1:30 Consults and Telephone Referrals - Mark Roback, MD
2:25 Fellow as Teacher - Mike Pitt, MD
3:30 Family Meetings - Emily Greengard, MD
January 24, 2018
1:30-4:30pm
Wilf Conference Room 1&2

1:30 Mentoring - Iris Borowsky, MD, PhD
2:25 Cultural Humility - Sarah Atunah-Jay, MD, MPH
3:35 How to be an Ally - Stef Jarvi, Director of Education, UMN Office for Equity and Diversity

March 14, 2018 
(Date subject to change due to faculty availability)
1:30-4:30pm
Wilf Conference Room 1&2

Integrative Medicine & 2 Topics TBD

April 13, 2018 
1:00-5:30pm
Wilf Family Center at UMMCH
Pediatric Research, Education and Scholarship Symposium (PRESS)
How do I submit and when is the deadline?
Please submit your abstracts to Thea Hall (tlhall@umn.edu) no later than February 26, 2018 at 4:00pm. Your submission should include:
  • Your name
  • Category (Pediatric fellows, Pediatric residents, Postdoctoral fellows, graduate/undergraduate students)
  • Name of research sponsor (must be Department of Pediatrics faculty member)
  • In your email to Mrs. Hall, include a comment about whether the work will be presented as an oral or poster at PAS or other national meeting (please include name of the meeting)

Each fellow in the Pediatrics department is responsible for completing a core curriculum that meets ACGME and ABP guidelines.  The ACGME notes the "core curriculum in scholarly activites [are] a collaborative effort involving all of the pediatric subspecialties in the institution" which is met by a department wide series attended by all fellows together.

The ABP guidelines detail topics covered during the 2 year series "leading to an in-depth understanding of biostatistics, clinical and laboratory research methodology, study design, preparation of applications for funding and/or approval of clinical or research protocols, critical literature review, principles of evidence-based medicine, ethical principles involving clinical research, and the achievement of proficiency in teaching."  For their individual specialty topics determined by the Fellowship Director Committee, and as critical for academic development at the University of Minnesota, are additionally offered as opportunities for education and professional growth.

Going further beyond meeting ACGME and ABP guidelines, the fellow core curriculum series addresses in 8+ hours Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) topics suggested by NIH for T32 training grants:

  • Conflict of Interest - personal, professional, and financial
  • Policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, and safe laboratory practices
  • Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
  • Collaborative research including collaborations with industry - covered online and in one talk
  • Peer review
  • Data acquisition and laboratory tools; management, sharing and ownership
  • Research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct
  • Responsible authorship and publication
  • Scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research, and the environmental and societal impacts of scientific research - covered online and in one talk

All ACGME, ABP, and NIH requirements will be met if a fellow attends all topics covered over a 2-3 year period.  Please see specific schedules for details.

The Core Curriculum Tracking Document is a tool designed to allow flexibility for each individual fellow to meet these requirements in order to limit redundancy, enhance camaraderie, promote attendance and self learning, and take advantage of existing programs and faculty expertise in specific areas. It is to be completed at the beginning of each trainee’s fellowship and reviewed during the fellow/program director semi-annual meeting. Specific goals and coursework are to be adjusted on a yearly basis to reflect changes in each individual’s schedule, interests, and progress. This document may be obtained from your fellowship coordinator.


There is a two-year rotation of core topics within the broad categories of Academic Development, Clinical Excellence, and Research Expertise, organized for presentation over the two years as a total of six “core” days . Attendance by all fellows is required.

The additional core curriculum categories of Biostatistics, Grant Writing, Teaching Development, and Risk Managementcan be met through a variety of existing University of Minnesota, professional association (ie PAS workshops/seminars), or other clinical organization resources. A schedule will be posted on a site yet to be determined outlining dates and times to attend these opportunities. It will be up to the individual fellow and program director to determine the best option available in each category for the fellow to complete, based on the specific educational goals/interests of the fellow, as well as divisional financial resources (as some options will require a fee or tuition), in order to meet that specific requirement.

All first year fellows are required to complete the University of Minnesota orientation that includes a number of ACGME-required core topics (sleep medicine, drugs/alcohol impairment, work hour restrictions, ethics in medicine).

A third year fellow core day will be held each year, focused on how to approach the job search, interviewing, CV preparation, contract negotiation, and ABP MOC/QA/QI.

Annual attendance at PRESS is expected of all fellows as a component of their core curriculum.