Resident conferences are a true strength of our program - they are high quality and very well attended.
Some of the highlights include:
Chief residents choose an interesting case with good teaching points and guide a lively discussion among medical students, interns, and residents. Timing for this conference varies by site: at the VA, it is at 8:15 am, otherwise at Regions and the University morning report is after rounds, at 11:15 and noon, respectively. Cases at the University Hospital are stored online so that residents can review them later at their own convenience.
Morbidity and Mortality
M&M is the favorite and best attended conference series in our program and is presented weekly at the VA and University Hospitals. At Regions hospital it takes place every month. Generally an interesting or unusual case is discussed -- for example, one where a delay in diagnosis or an unanticipated outcome occurred. Often the conversation explores pitfalls in diagnostic reasoning and important topics in quality improvement. Chief residents and faculty members lead the discussion, though residents are welcome to join in.
IMED (Internal Medicine Education Day)
The newest addition to our recurring conference series, IMEDs are monthly academic half-days designed specifically for interns and senior residents. Content mixes dictatic and small group, problem-based learning. Intern IMEDs provide the important basics for management of common inpatient and outpatient complaints while senior IMEDs dig deeper into the nuances of management of rarer pathology as well as leadership and team dynamics. The curriculum does not repeat during residency, so every IMED is unique.
Continuity Clinic Curriculum
Preceptors conduct an interactive case-based teaching session on an ambulatory topic during each continuity clinic. The cases themselves are shared electronically with residents for future reference.
Intern Orientation Topics
Communication Assessment and Skills Exercise (CASE)
This OSCE-format workshop was developed for new interns to practice delivering bad news, discussing code status, and dealing with angry patients in a safe, supportive environment.
Introduction to Ultrasound
This introductory course includes directly-observed simulation in central line placement, radial artery line placement, thoracentesis/ chest tube placement, and paracentesis. It also includes hands-on instruction in the FAST exam, pulmonary and pleural evaluation (including lung sliding, pleural effusions, A-lines, and B-lines), and basic ultrasound assessment of the heart and great vessels (including contractility, pericardial effusion, and inferior vena cava size and variability) among other clinically useful assessments.
Interns spend two days receiving training and certification in both basic and advanced life support.
Special Workshops for Interns
Palliative Care Workshop
Topics discussed during this workshop includes an introduction to palliative care and hospice, cancer pain management, advance directives and advance care planning, communication skills and group work on difficult conversations
High Value Care Workshop
This workshop focuses on ways physicians can offer care that simultaneously improves patient health, avoids patient harm, and eliminates wasteful and expensive practices.
Residents and faculty discuss uncomfortable experiences encountered as physicians -- touching on racism, sexism, and health equity -- and discuss strategies to raise our profession to a higher standard.
Essentials of Ambulatory Care Workshop
This is a multidisciplinary workshop with members from various other specialties (Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, NP, nursing) during which we discuss the medical and administrative skills needed to provide exemplary ambulatory care.
Transition to Senior Resident Workshop
This a year-end workshop for interns who are about to take on the role of senior resident, focusing on developing leadership skills and effective teaching techniques.
Special Workshops for Seniors
During their second two years, residents will participate in additional workshops focused on leadership, physician well-being, high value care, contract negotiation, and more advanced topics in palliative care.