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Residency Program Education

Inpatient Conferences

    This conference occurs weekly on Thursday during lunch at the School of Medicine Building. A broad range of topics with major clinical relevance are selected each year by the department chairman with the frequent inclusion of outside speakers with national and international prominence. View our Grand Rounds.

    Case Report is held twice weekly at all three hospitals. Attendance is mandatory for all residents on ward rotations and strongly encouraged for residents on subspecialty rotations.

    The Chief Medical Resident leads the group through a single case selected from recent ward or ICU admissions. Resident participation and discussion play an integral role in meeting the educational goals of the conference as the case is being presented. At the case conclusion, the Chief Medical Resident provides additional concise teaching to reinforce the primary learning points. Some conferences also feature an expert faculty member who helps lead the discussion and teaching.

    Cases are specifically selected to cover a wide range of "bread-and-butter" diagnostic and management problems as well as the occasional "fascinoma." Clinical reasoning skills in addition to interpretation of clinical data such as physical exam findings, ECGs, radiographs, and laboratory studies serve as focal points for discussion and learning as the case unfolds.

    To watch one of our Case Reports click below:


    The core didactic curriculum is presented during a lunch-time lecture twice per week. Lectures are broadcast to all sites and complementary lunch is provided. Broadcasting helps ensure that all residents, regardless of their current clinical site, can participate in the same high quality educational experience. Several conference formats are included:

    • The Core Curriculum series includes selected topics within medicine and is presented throughout the year. These lectures cover major areas of importance in inpatient and intensive care medicine. The curriculum is updated annually, and tailored to meet the needs of the residents based on standardized mid-year medical knowledge “practice board” assessment results. Sample topics include cross-cover review, acute respiratory failure, heart failure, acute renal failure, sepsis, acute coronary syndromes, antibiotics and antifungals 101, and management of electrolyte derangements.
    • Morbidity/Mortality Conferences (M&M) occur monthly at all three hospitals. These are led by designated core faculty with expertise in Quality Improvement. M&M conferences are both interactive and collegial, and lead to meaningful discussions regarding how quality and safety can be improved across multiple domains of patient care.
    • Code Blue training, consisting of hands-on simulation and clinical reasoning scenarios occurs monthly at all three hospitals.  

    To watch some of our Lunch Core Conferences click below:


    Throughout the year at University Hospital, we have lectures on quality improvement given by the Hospitalist group. In addition, high quality and cost effective care is covered during the intern seminar series.

    Residents have robust opportunities to practice skills in simulation settings. Scheduled sessions include:

    • Four half-day sessions in the first five months of internship that include common procedures, handheld ultrasound, and code blue trainings.
    • Every month at all three hospitals all ward teams participate in a code blue simulation.
    • The intern to resident retreat provides a half-day of simulation in procedures and hand held ultrasound.

    Outpatient Conferences

      Wednesday Workshops occur the first Wednesday of each month. The workshops offer dedicated and protected educational time for senior residents during outpatient rotations. They are aimed at a breadth of topics including women's health, wilderness medicine, physician advocacy, and beyond. Teaching concepts are reinforced with pertinent journal articles and short, high-yield topics presented by senior residents.

      Every Thursday afternoon during the +1 ambulatory week, all categorical interns are excused from clinical duties to focus on learning the foundations of medicine. Each week, our interns are assigned an online PEAC module to complete on a relevant ambulatory topic prior to teaching sessions. From 1:00-1:45pm on Thursday, interns will have a didactic session led by faculty to review the topic from their assigned PEAC module. Then, from 2:00-5:00pm, we hold intern seminars that are designed to prepare you for residency and beyond, highlighting patient safety, practicing hands-on procedures, learning about safe opioid prescribing, evidence-based medicine, research as a resident, and physician wellness. 

      Outpatient journal club is held weekly for residents on ambulatory care rotations. These sessions, typically held over breakfast and coffee, are resident-led and facilitated by one of the Chief Medical Residents. Journal club articles are selected by the chief residents to emphasize important concepts in evidence-based medicine and tend to be landmark or recent clinical trials that are relevant for general internists.

      Education Outside of Residency

        Primary Care Anywhere is resident-led podcast that has been designed to bring you up to speed on core outpatient internal medicine topics in 30 minutes or less and is brought to you by the interns and residents of our Internal Medicine Residency Program. Click here to listen to the latest episode of Primary Care Everywhere.


        Several of our residents are also active contributors to some of the most popular Med Ed podcasts. Check out their episodes below!