Our residents have the luxury of being able to attend (and present!) at some of the finest educational conferences in the medical school.

Medicine and Pediatric Didactics

The Department of Medicine holds didactics over the lunch hour each weekday. Medicine grand rounds are held on Thursdays. Additionally, each Monday a short 15-minute hematology-oncology case discussion occurs and a similar nephrology discussion occurs each Friday. Morning report occurs three days each week, Tuesday through Thursday, to discuss interesting patients that have been admitted to the general medicine inpatient service.

The Department of Medicine residency program provides specific information regarding the conference series here.

The Department of Child Health has adopted a half-day didactic forum that facilitates traditional lectures as well as longer periods of time that are required for pediatric case simulations and procedure clinics. Pediatric didactics occur each Thursday afternoon following the weekly evidence-based medicine conference. Additionally, the department hosts the pediatric problem conference three out of every four Tuesdays of the month and grand rounds occur every Friday at noon. The inpatient teams, in addition to any other interested residents, will attend morning report every Tuesday and Wednesday. The pediatric morbidity and mortality conference occurs in place of problem conference one Tuesday each quarter.

Med-Peds Problem Conference

Med-Peds problem conference is one of the most respected resident-driven conferences in the School of Medicine. Once a month, one of our residents presents a case of interest to the faculty, residents and students of each department, Medicine and Child Health. The presentation has traditionally had very high attendance. During the presentation, faculty and residents are encouraged to discuss all aspects of the case, such as differential diagnosis, physical examination findings, appropriate laboratory evaluation and disease pathogenesis and prognosis. Physicians from other departments such as pathology, radiology or surgery are invited if it is appropriate for the educational purpose of the case. Many valuable teaching points are uncovered in this highly educational conference.

Med-Peds Journal Club and Monthly Curriculum Meeting

The Med-Peds residents meet monthly at a resident or faculty member’s home for journal club and our monthly program meeting. This is a relaxed, casual atmosphere. After a carry-in dinner, we generally discuss two journal articles — one from pediatrics and another from medicine. Following this discussion, we hold our monthly meeting, which covers a wide variety of topics including updates within the program along with an educational component such as practice management tips and ACGME updates. As time allows, we discuss board preparation and work through practice medicine and pediatric board questions.

Additional Educational Tidbits

During residency, you will routinely present at formal conferences such as pediatric problem conference, evidence-based medicine conference, and Med-Peds problem conference, in addition to informal conferences such as morning report. All residents will present at least one Grand Rounds during their residency and are also required to participate in at least one quality improvement project. Many of our residents, through participation with our program faculty, have had the opportunity to present their work at many local, state and national conferences!