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Didactic Program - Internal Medicine at MedStar Union Memorial

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. Also, food is provided at every conference, both morning and afternoon.  We want you to relax and learn, and not have to worry about running to the cafeteria before a conference begins or trying to find food afterwards. 

MedStar Union Memorial attendings are always on hand, whether to present 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 an intern from 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

Grand rounds take place on Thursdays 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

A MedStar Union Memorial faculty member presents a core didactic topic each day at noon. The calendar is arranged by the chief resident and includes all subspecialties, in addition to conferences on topics such as ethics, cost-conscious care and board review.

This is hardly the only teaching you will receive during a day of your residency at MedStar Union Memorial.  Much of the education you 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.  The things you will remember the most are the lessons you learned during 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.