Internal medicine residents at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital never suffer from a lack of didactic education. It is important to note that all of our conferences are meant for all residents on all services and there is food provided at every conference, morning and afternoon. We want you to attend, relax and learn and not have to worry about running to cafeteria before conference begins or trying to scrounge food on your way to rounds. MedStar Union Memorial attendings are always present, whether to give the conference, as in the afternoons, or to simply listen and contribute their opinion.
Our formal didactic program consists of the following:
Morning Report. This conference occurs every morning except for Thursday (grand rounds) from 8:00 to 8:45. One case is presented by the one of the interns on the on-call team in a format that allows everyone to participate and work through the case together. Collaborative work and a safe learning atmosphere is encouraged and directed by the chief resident. Tuesday cases alternate between an ICU team case and a morbidity and mortality case given by one of the junior residents. Friday cases are from the ambulatory clinic.
Grand Rounds. Every Thursday from 8:00 to 9:00. This well-attended conference features an invited speaker who gives a presentation on an area of their expertise. Noon Conference. Every day at…can you guess…noon! One of our very own faculty at MUMH presents a core didactic topic. The calendar is arranged by the chief resident and includes all subspecialties in addition to conferences on ethics, cost-conscious care, board review, etc.
Now, please don’t get the idea that this is the only teaching you’ll receive in a day of your residency at MedStar Union Memorial. Much of the education you’ll take with you in your career will happen ‘on the fly’ during attending rounds, on the phone with consultants, or as you view your patient’s hematology slide under the microscope with the pathologist. And finally, the things you remember the most may be those you learned in the wee hours of the night in the ICU work room alone as you read everything you can find because you know your patients life could depend upon it.