Curriculum & Pathways

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
  • Pathways
  • Conferences

    Morning Report

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pathways

    Clinician-Educator Pathway

    Teaching skills are vital for resident success, and residents at the University of Minnesota are often passionate about teaching. The Clinician-Educator Pathway further develops the teaching skills of our residents and prepares residents for careers in medical education.

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    Global Medicine Pathway

    The Global Medicine Pathway is one of several core tracks offered to medicine and medicine-pediatrics residents. More than 80 medicine and medicine-pediatrics residents have completed international rotations through our partner sites since 2000.

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    Hospital Medicine Pathway

    The Hospital Medicine Pathway is an innovative, joint venture of the HealthPartners Medical Group Division of Hospital Medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. The program fosters the growth and development of those residents wishing to pursue careers as practitioners, educators, researchers, and leaders in hospital medicine.

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    Primary Care Pathway

    The University of Minnesota recognizes the unique role of primary care and the importance of properly preparing residents with an interest in this particular field. For those residents, we offer a specific track in Primary Care Internal Medicine.

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    MN Program in Advocacy and Community Engagement

    During the 2017/2018 year, the MedPeds residency launched its SAFE (Service, Advocacy, Fellowship, and Engagement initiative, which has since been renamed the MN Program in Advocacy and Community Engagement (MAP). This pathway is available to all Internal Medicine residents. The goal of this pathway is to reinforce that advocacy and community engagement are key components of being a physician. To supplement individual acts of community service, we are creating an advocacy rotation in addition to the pathway option.

    For more information, please see this document.