Dr. Amber HairfieldAmber Hairfield DO
Program Director
Chair, Grad. Med. Ed. Comm.
Rodriguez-LienAlisha Adhikari MD
Chief Resident
Humphrey, Christy05Christy L. Humphrey
Resident Program Manager
(409) 772-1398

DidacticsBoard Review

We have created weekly activities to help residents stay focused on preparing for pediatric board exams on completion of residency. These include case-based discussions, practice exams, Jeopardy games, and friendly team competitions. As a program, our aim is to generate successful, independent, American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Certified Pediatricians.  We are committed to providing our residents with resources necessary to assist in obtaining this goal.  We are mindful that this necessitates not only independent learning, but also program initiatives and have made strategic changes to our program in order to facilitate this goal. 

Weekly Didactics/Board Review Prep

Residents are provided protected time from patient care every Wednesday from 12:30-3:50 PM.  These weekly sessions follow an 18-month curriculum constructed by program leadership based on the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Content Specifications.  Numbers of sessions per specialty are determined by the exam percentage represented by that discipline on the ABP Certification Examination.  All residents attend weekly sessions unless rotating off-site. 

Sessions are divided into 3 parts:

  1. A 30-minute review of an assigned online 10-question Pre-Test lead by the Senior Teaching Resident.
  2. Session 1, approximately a 1.5 hour review on a discipline/topic.  Included is an audience participation Q&A session utilizing practice ABP questions led by the specialist of that discipline.
  3. Session 2, approximately a 1.5 hour session with the same academic set up as session 1 in a new area of discipline.


Academic Point System 

Residents are expected to practice continuing medical education activities by their participation in our academic point system.  Residents can accumulate points by completing questions in assigned question banks, reading Pediatrics In Review articles, or by completing reading assignments prior to each weeks’ didactic sessions.  Minimum point accrual must be accomplished yearly in order to achieve promotion to the next PGY-level.

Annual Senior Board Review Preparation Workshop

Once per year, the Program Director/Associate Program Directors host a board review preparation workshop. Goals and objectives of the session include how to register for the ABP exam, financial obligations, licensing, but also specifically, how to create a successful study plan. Residents are reminded about available resources on our campus as well as tutorials provided by the ABP.

Board Review Materials and Access Provided by the Program

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Subscription
  • Residents are given a 3-year AAP subscription during the course of their residency. This subscription provides access to 3-years of AAP Pediatrics Review Education Program (PREP) Questions, which can be used as a study tool for the ABP exam. Additionally, this subscription gives access to all Pediatrics in Review volumes.
  • MedStudy© Package
    • Each resident is provided with MedStudy© materials that are successively given each year.
      • PGY-1: MedStudy© Core Curriculum hardcopy and online access
      • PGY-2: Continued access to online core curriculum PLUS MedStudy© Q&A online with over 1900 practice questions; MedStudy Audio
      • PGY-3: Continued access to online core curriculum, Q&A, and Audio PLUS MedStudy© Online Flashcards.
    • Subscription does not expire until October of the graduating year in order to continue studies through ABP exam.
  • University of Texas Medical Branch, Moody Medical Library
    • All residents have access to reading materials including texts and journals via the UTMB Library website or via Interlibrary Loan.
  • Department of Pediatrics Library
    • Several board review materials including nationally acclaimed board review texts, core pediatric textbooks, and MedStudy© materials are available for use.  Additionally, the library is equipped with a whiteboard, conference table, and 60” flat screen with computer/internet hook up to augment group learning. 




Morning ReportMonday - Thursday 8:00 - 8:30Faculty, chief resident, housestaff, students and in-patient attendings
Work and teaching RoundsDailyTeam Residents, attending faculty and students
Ground Roundsthree of four Fridays each month, 8:00 - 9:00Chairman, full-time and guest faculty, Chief resident, housestaff and students
Academic Half -Day

Wednesdays 12:30 – 4:00

Full-time faculty, associate faculty, chief resident and housestaff
Housestaff MeetingsMonthlyProgram director, chief resident and housestaff
Resident CouncilMonthlyChief resident and elected housestaff representatives
Continuity Team MeetingsMonthly - FridayHousestaff and Continuity Practice faculty team leaders
Journal ClubMonthlyFaculty, chief resident, housestaff, students and in-patient attendings