Positive Impact of Transition From Noon Conference to Academic Half Day in a Pediatric Residency Program

Laura Zastoupil, Amanda McIntosh, Jenna Sopfe, Jason Burrows, Jessica Kraynik, Lindsey Lane, Janice Hanson, L. Barry Seltz

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Objective To evaluate the impact of transitioning from noon conference (NC) to academic half day (AHD) on conference attendance, interruptions, and perceived protected educational time and to describe pediatric resident experiences with AHD. Methods In this mixed-methods study, data before and after AHD implementation were collected. Quantitative data were analyzed with a 2-variable t test or chi-square test. Five focus groups and 5 individual interviews of pediatric residents were conducted. Data were analyzed using constant comparative methods, and were collected until reaching saturation. In accordance with grounded theory methodology, we developed codes using an iterative approach and identified major themes. Results After AHD implementation, resident attendance increased from 55% (of residents expected at NC) to 94% (of residents scheduled for AHD) (P < .001); interruptions decreased from 0.25 to 0.01 per resident per hour (P < .001). Positive responses regarding perceived protected educational time improved from 50% to 95% (2015 class) and from 19% to 50% (2016 class) (P < .001). Thirty-two residents participated in focus groups and interviews. Analysis yielded 5 themes: aids and barriers to AHD attendance; teaching; curricular content; learning and engagement; and resident well-being. Residents felt aided attending AHD when clinical supervisors supported their educational time. Compared to NC, residents noted better topic selection but fewer covered topics. Residents valued protected educational time without clinical responsibilities and thought that small-group discussions at AHD facilitated learning. Although cross-covering was stressful, AHD positively contributed to resident well-being. Conclusions AHD improves resident attendance, interruptions, and perceived learning, and it contributes to resident wellness. More work is needed to mitigate the workload of cross-covering residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)436-442
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Pediatrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • didactic
  • medical education
  • residency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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