Our educational curriculum is delivered in a variety of modalities, including daily lectures, bedside attending rounds, chair rounds and critical care rounds. Lectures are presented in person as well as via a virtual platform to all our residents and rotating students.
Academic Half Day Conference
The academic half day is designed to be protected academic time that occurs each Thursday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Hospitalists and medicine faculty cover the inpatient teams’ admissions, consults and nursing pages to provide for a truly protected educational session. The presenters are faculty members offering didactic as well as case-based sessions on topics within general internal medicine, the medical subspecialties as well as interdisciplinary topics. Our residents participate in a variety of distinct types of high-yield educational activities including small group case-based ambulatory curriculum, skill sessions, quality improvement and patient safety. We also include fun filled “medical jeopardy” sessions and team based learning exercises.
Attending rounds occur each day on all inpatient services. Most patients are seen at bedside with review of the history, physical and management plans. Hospital pharmacists are an integral part of the team and provide support in selecting the most appropriate drug therapy and dose monitoring. Of note our daily rounds in the Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) involves an interdisciplinary approach with nursing, intensivists, hospitalists and pharmacists present.
We hold an afternoon conference twice per week at 1:00pm. Monday afternoons are reserved for our chair of medicine rounds where a resident presents a case to our department chair. There is emphasis on pathophysiology, prevention of diagnostic error and management. Tuesday afternoons are reserved for our Journal Club with focus on critical appraisal of the medical literature and practical applications to patient care. Additionally, once a month the program director or APD hosts a “Feedback Friday” session to hear from the residents and to give programmatic and institutional updates.
Once a week on Wednesday mornings at 7:30am, residents and faculty meet to discuss an overnight or recent admission to the inpatient service. The case is presented by our night float team and the discussion includes generating differential diagnoses, improving clinical reasoning, evaluation and management in addition to cost effective decision making.
Core faculty and subspecialty attendings lead board review sessions throughout the year. The instruction provided is focused, relevant and includes test taking strategies and tips. We utilize a variety of question banks including MKSAP and the ACP Board Review Resources.