Each day residents are provided a noon conference that can take many formats. Case presentations and lectures are delivered in an interactive format, with audience response technology used to enhance the learning experience. Lunch is provided. The noon conference curriculum covers the range of clinical Internal Medicine and subspecialty topics, as well as topics such as ethics, cost-effectiveness, business aspects of medicine and health care systems. On certain days, interns learn together while senior residents attend a separate resident report conference, and on other days, residents of all levels are in conference together.
Resident Grand Rounds (Journal Club)
In the PGY2 year, residents present a clinical or research topic of their choosing to their housestaff peers and selected faculty. A faculty member who is an expert in the field moderates the session. During the presentation, the resident presents a scholarly review of the topic, including basic science background, current trends, and future directions. In addition, residents critically appraise and present an article from the recent literature that is relevant to the topic being given. Direct one-on-one mentoring and assistance with preparation are given to each resident by a chief medical resident.
Separate resident report conferences exist for inpatient day and night float teams. At night float report, overnight teams present newly admitted cases to the program director, chief residents and other faculty. Teaching occurs as the history, physical, radiology and lab results are reviewed and the overnight teams' management plans are discussed. At senior resident report, which occurs during the day, housestaff present multiple cases for higher level discussion of clinical reasoning, diagnosis and management. Residents are asked to teach their peers by providing evidence-based answers to questions that came up at report the previous day.
Throughout the year, the Department of Medicine hosts nationally and internationally known speakers who present on topics in the basic and clinical sciences. Recent past speakers have included Nobel Laureates and other world renowned luminaries in medicine.
Each division holds weekly subspecialty conferences, frequently including prestigious outside speakers. Residents on elective participate in these conferences. Senior residents rotating in the CCU are required to present formally to the faculty and fellows of the Department of Cardiology.