General ward attending rounds, subspecialty attending rounds, resident morning report, Chief of Medicine rounds, noontime conferences, outpatient teaching conferences, journal club, and many other formal and informal teaching activities are held regularly at each affiliated hospital. Many of these teaching activities are used to present topics which are part of our core curriculum in internal medicine, since they are attended by residents from all pathways. These include:
- Academic Half-Day
Thursday mornings, September through June, all residents on non-admitting rotations are scheduled for these half-day teaching conferences. Session topics vary, but include MKSAP-style board reviews, interactive small group teaching, and skill-building workshops. Many of the conferences are thematically linked together within a given half-day session.
- Chief of Medicine / Morbidity & Mortality
Chief resident and Chief of Medicine-led lecture and interactive presentation with rotating topics including inpatient cases, outpatient cases, autopsy report, and Morbidity and Mortality review sessions.
- Core Teaching Conference
Program-organized 18 month weekly lecture series covering core medicine topics.
- Intern Report / Intern Core Conference
Chief resident-led interactive case presentation and
discussion; attended by interns. Intern Core Conference once per block, case based core topics, created by program faculty.
- Intern Teaching Conference
A case-based teaching series specifically designed for Medicine R1s, held weekly from July to August. These lectures are intended to ease the transition to the wards and intensive care units for new interns and to provide practical guidelines for the management of basic patient care issues. All interns are excused from clinical duties to attend.
- Medicine Grand Rounds
Topics ranging from cutting edge research to discussions of healthcare delivery are presented by local and visiting speakers to an audience of housestaff, faculty, and community providers.
- Morning Report
Chief resident-led interactive case presentation and discussion, primarily focused on exploration of currently admitted patients
- Senior Report
Chief resident-led interactive case presentation and discussion of a “cold case” from the overnight resident, primarily focused on high level management decisions and clinical reasoning. For senior residents only.
- Patients, Physicians and Society
This weekly course takes place throughout the later portion of the year for interns on an ambulatory block. The idea of the course is to explore the intersection of medicine and “real life,” delving into some of the more visceral and emotional aspects of the work we do every day. There are three broad topic areas we pursue:
- Humanities in medicine, self-care, and well-roundedness of the physician and trainee.
- Seeing vulnerable patients in other settings (methadone clinic, homeless shelter, prison and jail).
- Death and end-of-life care, communication, and difficult conversations.
Courses & Workshops
In addition to the weekly conferences listed above, there are many educational activities scheduled throughout the academic year. These include:
- Resident as Teacher Leader
In early July, all R2s are brought together for a comprehensive full-day workshop designed to empower residents in their roles as teachers and team leaders. Large group didactics are interspersed with small group breakouts and self-refection.
- Experiential Quality Improvement Project (EQuIP)
A four-week intermediate-level introduction to QI concepts. R2s simulate a root cause analysis of an actual patient safety event, develop a responsive quality improvement project, and present their findings and proposed interventions to hospital executives.
Heath Systems Seminar
All R3s participate in four half-day seminars which provide a foundation for understanding the U.S. Health Care System and a forum to explore their role in advocating for change. Topics include comparative international health systems; a historical perspective of the U.S., and drivers of cost and waste in the U.S. Residents choose topics for “deep dive” exploration across two tracks: access (e.g., public option, Medicaid expansion) and payment (e.g., pharmaceutical pricing, physician payment reform).
- R1 Professional Development: Maximizing My Education
Held in late October the “Maximizing My Education” event covers a broad range of topics to include mentorship and RAMP, pathways, WWAMI opportunities, research opportunities, the GROW model, and schedule logistics.
- Career Explorations
Held in early October, all R2s are brought together for a six-hour workshop allowing exposure to different career paths, and covering such topics as CV and portfolio refinement, interviewing and negotiating skills, lifelong learning, and wellness and balance.