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Curriculum & Conferences


Below is a summary of our Internal Medicine Residency Curriculum. You may also want to read our program accomplishments.

Conferences

The rich patient care experiences in our program are reinforced by a robust set of competency- aligned, integrated (inpatient-outpatient) conferences. Our annual conference schedule begins with Welcome and Orientation programming designed to introduce residents to each other and attendings.

A System Introduction curriculum is held in July of each year. This curriculum introduces interns to resources, processes, and people. Topics include: meeting nurses and answering nurse pages, doing orders and notes, completing dictations and discharge summaries, learning the electronic medical system, working with consultants, meeting the pharmacists and pharmacy basics, engaging in critical communication with families, and meeting the case managers and case management basics.

Our August Boot Camp Conferences focus on refreshing the basics of clinical care (eg., CHF/CP, Thromboembolic Disease, GI Bleed, AKI, Delirium, Sepsis, Pain Management, Severe Abdominal pain).

In September, the Integrated Curriculum System Framework begins with conferences held Monday-Thursday. Conferences are integrated across inpatient and outpatient care venues and divided into two- week subspecialty blocks to encourage deep conceptual learning and resident self-study in alignment with the conference topics. An interactive Morning Report is held each morning followed by a Chief-Facilitated, Patient Hand-off Conference.

Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement Conferences are held once monthly.  These conferences identify adverse events in system-based coordination of care, communication processes, and individual contributing factors and identify initiatives to improve patient care and safety.

Journal Clubs are held each Friday morning and residents receive their presentation assignments at the beginning of each year . Journal clubs include: 

  • Inquiry in Medicine – Promotes pursuit and completion of research by facilitating discussion about design, coordination, timelines, and processes.

  • ACP Journal Club – Promotes currency with latest evidence-based clinical information relevant to internal medicine and subspecialties

  • Journal Appraisal- Reviews principles of evidence-based medicine

  • Landmark Articles- Reviews seminal research in internal medicine and subspecialties

  • Choosing Wisely Campaign –Reconsider and evaluate clinical practices by comparison to medical society recommendations that summarize cost effective and evidence-based care and facilitate meaningful patient-physician relationships and communication.

In addition to medical knowledge/patient care topics, monthly conferences also include:

  • Resident Well-Being and Personal Best – Provides opportunity for understanding the process of formulating unique pathways to well-being and work life balance.  Includes a resident strategic planning committee, monthly conferences, an annual social calendar, an annual retreat, and professional life coaching for residents.

  • Compassionate Care – Provides opportunities for team debriefing to process challenging emotions that arise in complex patient care  to aid development of communication, coping, and reframing strategies that support self-care, team trust, and sustained patient empathy

  • Radiology Rounds – Image review in collaboration with radiology residents and faculty for learning to interpret plain films, CT, US, MRIs and Nuclear scans within a clinical context.

  • Client Aligned to Community and Hospital (CATCH) Biopsychosocial Conferences-Acquaints residents with knowledge and biopsychosocial skills needed to provide personalized care to uninsured, underinsured and at-risk populations. 

Monthly conference time is also allotted for Board Study and MKSAP questions review.  Twice annual Simulated Board Exams provide residents with specific feedback on medical knowledge challenges.