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Quality teaching conferences complement the hands-on patient care experience. The didactic curriculum is carefully integrated in the training program to support the progressively independent clinical experiences of residents and to develop their teaching and supervisory capacities.

  • Core faculty attendings deliver the lectures during daily Noon Conferences.  During the first two months of the residency, the core curriculum is devoted to an acute medicine course that covers management issues related to acute illnesses.
  • Chairman’s Conference is led by a senior physician. It is an interactive session with faculty analyzing an unknown case, demonstrating approaches to case analysis using clinical evidence and prioritization of the differential diagnosis. Once a month, it is run by the designated teaching resident, who is a PGY-3 responsible for student teaching sessions as well as summarizing morning reports to provide for the house staff.
  • Morning Report is led by one of the three chief residents with core faculty present. PGY-1 and PGY-2/3 residents attend morning report once a week (Wed @ 10:15AM) and three times a week (Mon, Tue, Thu @ 7:30AM), respectively. 
  • Grand Rounds occur on Wednesdays (in place of noon conference), and is led by a senior physician, including visiting physicians from other institutions.
  • ICU and CCU Conferences are daily lectures held specifically for the ICU/CCU teams.
  • Journal Club meets once a month, and is guided by an internal medicine faculty mentor.  Articles of interest are reviewed using the McMaster criteria.
  • Morbidity and Mortality conference meets once a month. They are led by the chief residents wherein residents work to identify what system issues contributed to the unsatisfactory outcome, and identify ways to improve the system so that future outcomes are positively impacted.
  • During the Resident Research Seminar, residents present their research at various stages, receive feedback from the faculty and their peers, and meet with attendings who actively participate in residents’ research endeavors.
  • Board Review lectures are intensive lectures for PGY-3 residents, directed at improving education for the Internal Medicine Boards.
  • For residents that are interested in a subspecialty, there are opportunities to attend a variety of institutional subspecialty clinical conferences in addition to the medicine conferences.
  • The Simulation/SiTEL lab allows residents to practice their procedural and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) skills using standardized patients or mannequins.  During MICU and CCU rotations, residents can attend ACLS and critical situation simulations workshops.