Graduate Medical Education

Didactics and Conferences

Internal medicine

Our goal is to maximize the educational value from every conference. You should be able to leave a conference with at least 3-4 teaching points about a particular topic area or clinical condition. Expect the conferences, especially the morning reports, to be interactive. Having a room filled with several attendings, residents, and students fosters good, spirited but friendly discussion.

  • Morning Report: This will be four days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 7:30-8:30 AM. There are two resident presentations given during this time: the first 30-minute presentation reflects a recent overnight or daytime admission with a focus on the differential diagnosis and management plan. The second half of morning report will be a more focused and interactive discussion based on a topic area or an area of clinical query regarding a centrally focused theme for that month (i.e., cardiology, nephrology, infectious disease, etc) with direct clinical application. This is protected education time and the resident is free from clinical duties during that time.
  • Thursday Morning Conferences: These include a mixture of Medical Education Grand Rounds (the second Thursday morning a month), Evidence Based Medicine Journal Club, Anderson Collaborative Grand Rounds (one Thursday a month) and traditional Morning Report (one –two Thursday mornings a month).
  • Academic Half Days on Wednesdays: In an effort to provide comprehensive protected time for resident education we will hold dedicated resident education conferences on Wednesday afternoons from 12:30-4:30 pm. The resident will be free from all clinical duties at that time. These academic half days will focus on core medicine conferences and can include clinically based didactic conferences and board review sessions as well.
  • Lifestyle Medicine Academic Half Day: This will occur on the third Wednesday of each rotation. The Lifestyle Medicine (LM) collaborative conference with the family medicine residency program will occur in the morning from 11:30-12:30 on the third Wednesday of each rotation. The afternoon session for the Internal medicine residents only will occur from 12:30-4:30 pm. This afternoon session consists of further didactics, flipped classroom sessions with the resident as teacher and/or faculty led sessions, evidenced based nutrition journal club on certain Wednesdays, and resident-focused wellness sessions. Please refer to the LM Curriculum for more information.
  • Acute Care Introductory Conference Series: During the months of July, August and September, several morning conferences and many of the half day conferences are devoted to the dedicated acute care conferences. The topics in these conferences cover inpatient urgent and emergent medical problems.
  • Clinical Skills Sessions: These are in the first few months of the academic year and represent a collaborative effort by the Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Transitional Year residency programs to have their residents participate in fundamental clinical skills sessions to ensure a basic level of clinical competency among the first year residents. Examples include clinical skills sessions reviewing the neurologic examination and musculoskeletal examination and joint injection.
  • Journal Clubs: Not one, but two. In addition to the evidence based journal club as part of the Thursday morning conferences described above, we will also have various nutrition based journal clubs as part of the Lifestyle Medicine Afternoon Education Half day.
  • Hospitalist Teaching Rounds: In addition to the daily combined teaching and management rounds on the hospitalist service, for those on the hospitalist services, there are dedicated teaching rounds. These are dedicated small group rounds with either the program director or hospitalist faculty focused on a clinical condition, conundrum or an aspect of clinical management with interactive discussion.