School of Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency

Education

Inpatient Conferences

Department Grand Rounds

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.

Current Noon Conference Schedule Under Pandemic Restrictions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has created an alternate schedule for noon educational conferences that normally would be held in-person. Educational conferences are held during the noon hour over Zoom four days per week and are designed to provide structured, high yield learning in a succinct format. This approach has allowed residents to continue maximizing learning while maintaining appropriate social distancing. Conference content predominantly includes weekly case conferences, “core conferences”, and departmental grand rounds (see descriptions of each below).

Case Report

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:

Lunch Core Conference

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.
  • Ethics discussions led by faculty from Medical Humanties are held monthly.
  • 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:

Quality Improvement Series

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. 

Simulation Training

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

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.

Thursday Afternoon Intern Seminar

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 fauclty to review the topic from their assigned PEAC module. Then, from 2:00-5:00pm, we hold intern seminars that are designed to prepare your 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

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 pose important and specific clinical questions that are brought up in the context of a realistic clinical vignette. In addition to reviewing the article of interest, presenters also select and briefly review an important clinical practice guideline that serves to help answer the clinical question, mimicking what one might do if the question arose during their daily clinical practice. Additionally, each session includes a concise and useful review of at least one statistical concept/method utilized in the paper.

Education Outside of Residency

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