Curriculum

Resident conferences are a true strength of our program - they are high quality and very well attended. Some of the highlights include:

  • Conferences
  • Orientation Topics
  • Workshops
  • IMED
  • Conferences

    Morning report: Chief residents lead case-based discussion on a variety of core medical topics and interesting cases to enhance learning. This conference is attended by medical students, residents, and faculty to create an optimal learning environment for developing clinical management skills and medical knowledge. Cases are archived online for residents to review at their convenience.

    Morbidity and Mortality: Chief residents direct a process-oriented approach to a clinical case with emphasis on pitfalls in diagnostic reasoning and important topics in quality improvement or systems-based issues. Expertise is provided by teaching faculty, including an array of sub-specialists. Each site conducts its own M&M series so residents are able to attend this conference regularly, regardless of the current site they are rotating at. 

    Grand Rounds: Specialty experts discuss cutting-edge research topics and clinical advancements in didactic sessions. Each clinical site has its own Grand Rounds series which residents are able to attend. 

    Continuity Clinic Conference: Preceptors and residents lead interactive, case-based teaching sessions on ambulatory topics during each continuity clinic. Cases are shared electronically with residents for future reference.

    Other miscellaneous conferences: Residents have the ability to participate in a variety of other conferences including Schwartz rounds, combined EM/IM case conference and research conferences. 

  • 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.

    BLS/ACLS
    Interns spend two days receiving training and certification in both basic and advanced life support.

  • Workshops

    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.

    Professionalism Workshop
    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.

  • IMED

    IMED is a monthly academic half-day designed to cover essential topics and skills paramount to a career as an internist. IMED sessions utilize a variety of didactic techniques including small group discussions, procedural practice, and problem based learning. Intern and senior residents have separate sessions to help tailor learning across training levels. Intern curriculum focuses on improving the basic fund of knowledge and management of critical and common inpatient and outpatient conditions. Senior sessions work to expand knowledge of less common pathology, build on and refine management of complex patients, and develop skills related to leadership and interprofessional team building. The curriculum is designed to be a longitudinal series without repeated content, and time is fully protected to ensure residents can fully immerse themselves in learning without the distraction of clinical responsibilities. Completion of the IMED curriculum will arm residents with a solid knowledge base for a variety of internal medicine conditions and provide explicit training in areas such as professionalism, implicit bias, high value care, and more to ensure residents emerge from training well-rounded providers