Conferences at the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Morristown Medical Center include:
8:00 to 9:00am (daily)
Morning report is a dynamic conference. Its structure may range from a CPC-style format to a forum for discussing the prior night’s admissions, from game shows to physical diagnosis, from ambulatory management to cost-conscious care discussions. Pharmacy morning reports occur twice monthly. Subspecialist attendings and faculty are present depending on the conference of the day.
Noon to 1:00pm (daily)
The noon conference series is an 18-month cycle core curriculum based on the content covered by the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) certification examination. In addition to the core areas recommended by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and ABIM, other covered topics include research and life after residency.
3:30 or 4:30pm, depending on team (daily)
A senior resident meets daily with inpatient team and interns to manage the sign-out process, improving both patient safety and interns' comfort level.
Each inpatient team meets daily with a hospitalist or subspecialist to discuss newly admitted cases. Floor rotations are "geographically-focused," with cardiology, neurology, and respiratory specialties, mixed with general medicine patients. Bedside teaching is emphasized.
Medical Grand Rounds
8:00 to 9:00am (Wednesdays)
This high caliber weekly lecture series is attended by residents and attending staff. Lecturers are experts in their fields and may have regional or national prominence. Topics run the gamut of internal medicine and are selected based on audience preference. Once a month, Medical Grand Rounds is dedicated to a "death audit," which is a Mortality & Morbidity conference led by both residents and attendings (see below). Please note, this conference will be moving to Wednesdays at noon in January 2015.
Morbidity and Mortality Conference
8:00 to 9:00am (once monthly)
We have now integrated this extremely popular resident-driven conference with the Grand Rounds Death audit conference. This conference focuses on the systematic review of individual or system errors and near-misses, the identification of contributing factors, and development of changes to prevent similar errors in the future by both attendings and residents. A separate multi-departmental M&M conference is held quarterly to improve communication between the different hospital services.
Evidence-Based Medicine Journal Club
Noon to 1:00pm (monthly)
Our journal club series is designed to accomplish two goals: development of residents’ essential skills for the critical appraisal of medical literature, and participation in reviews of important articles in internal medicine. They not only learn the techniques for the practical application of evidence from medical literature, but also develop an in-depth understanding of major studies that have become part of the "language" of evidence-based patient care.
Noon to 1:00pm (monthly)
Once a month, a PGY-3 resident prepares a clinical pathology conference-style presentation of a case in which he or she was involved during training. This multidisciplinary conference involves radiology, pathology and multiple subspecialists as pertinent to the case. Audience participation is encouraged.
Joint Internal Medicine (IM) and Emergency Medicine (EM) Conference
8:00 to 9:00am (monthly)
This joint conference focuses on topics of interest in IM and EM. The goal of the conference is to improve team communication and facilitate understanding of the different directions each discipline may take in the assessment and management of various patient presentations.
Clinical Pathology Conference
Noon to 1:00pm (quarterly)
This multidisciplinary conference with radiology and pathology provides an opportunity for clinical pathologic correlation on interesting cases, as well as autopsy review.
9:30 to 10:00am (three times per week)
Residents and attendings on the three MAHA services meet with an attending radiologist to review interesting radiographical studies and discuss their clinical impact.