Sample Monthly Conference Calendar

Description of Conferences

ACADEMIC HALF-DAY

We have moved from the traditional daily noon conference to a concentrated block of protected academic time that occurs each Tuesday from 12:30-4:30pm (lunch is provided). Didactic lectures are given by our faculty members and/or outside guest speakers that offer another perspective on the approach to several diagnoses and their treatments. The Half-Day also encompasses “Hands-on” interactive activities such as an EKG workshop, Journal Club, Resident as Teacher, ClinicoPathologic Conference, High Value Care topics, and Resident 360 which involves discussions regarding job contracts, malpractice, building a CV as examples.

  • Journal Club-Once a month a senior resident presents a recently published journal article pertaining to inpatient/outpatient medicine. Articles are assigned by either the Chief Resident or faculty.
  • Resident as Teacher-RAT is a one hour conference lecture given by a resident on a topic of interest in any subspecialty. It is usually attended by the Program Director and an attending from that particular subspecialty.
  • CPC-A monthly ClinicoPathologic Conference is conducted by a senior resident. He/She is given a case with an unknown diagnosis. The resident reviews the clinical information and develops a differential diagnosis. The answer is then revealed with the assistance of our faculty.
  • Buzz Session-Once a month, the residents meet with Program Director, Associate Program Director, and Chief Resident. Any suggestions, issues, and concerns are raised for discussion. The group can brainstorm on ways to improve the residency. Many new innovations have been developed at our monthly Buzz Session.
  • Board-Review-Board Review is conducted by the Chief Resident and/or Program Director. Questions are reviewed with emphasis on medical knowledge, the reasoning between the right and wrong answers, and test-taking skills.

DAILY HUDDLE

Monday-Friday from 6:30am to 7:30am, a faculty member meets with the overnight residents and the incoming residents to discuss cases admitted the night before. This teaching opportunity enhances transitions of care and ensures safe continuity of management.

GENERAL MORNING REPORT

This conference occurs on Monday and Thursday from 7:10am to 8:00am and is led by a faculty member and Chief Resident. The night float team presents one or two cases that were admitted the previous night. There is an emphasis a system-based approach, differential diagnosis, management, and encompassing a high-value care approach in the treatment plan.

INPATIENT TEACHING ROUNDS

The inpatient general medicine resident teams meet from 1:00-2:30pm on non-call days to conduct an in depth review of inpatient medical topics with a dedicated faculty.

MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY

Morbidity and Mortality is a bimonthly conference in which cases are discussed when there has been a change in a patient’s status requiring a higher level of care or if there was an unexpected mortality that occurred. An in-depth discussion takes place with the senior inpatient residents, the Chief Resident, the Program Director, and various teaching faculty.

GRAND ROUNDS

A weekly Grand Rounds is typically conducted by a visiting faculty member from an outside institution. The focus is on updates and advances in medicine, and is clinically relevant and evidence-based.