Didactic Conferences

Grand rounds, morning report and board-review conferences

Grand rounds

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Grand rounds

Grand rounds occur each week and feature an hour-long presentation by a visiting expert speaking on a particular disease topic or therapeutic intervention.

Examples of speakers and topics presented at grand rounds include:

  • Genomics for the primary care physician
  • Health care-asssociated infections
  • Multiple sclerosis update

Morning report

Morning report takes place four days a week. During the first 10 minutes of morning report an internal medicine medical knowledge self-assessment program question is reviewed and discussed.

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Following the review, the long-call resident or intern presents on one of their most interesting and challenging admissions to the rest of house staff, as well as the internal medicine residency program director and associate director.

The session is held in an interactive format and house staff and students are split up into teams to try and make the diagnosis based on available history and physical information. Radiologic images and EKGs are presented on a screen for group interpretation. There is also discussion of further diagnostic work-up, management and clinic course, as well as key teaching points of the case.

Noon conference

Noon conference is an hour-long didactic session that takes place daily. Lunch is provided at each conference. A wide variety of topics are covered based on a three year rotating curriculum that attempts to cover the field of internal medicine and related subspecialties that apply to the practice of internal medicine. There are also monthly journal clubs and bedside cardio-vascular limited ultrasound examination (CLUE) presentations. Presentations are given by faculty specialists, subspecialists, residents, and visiting speakers.

Categorical resident presentations

Categorical second and third year residents present hour-long topics of their choice as well as one morbidity and mortality case during their residency. Both categorical and transitional year residents present a half-hour long topic of their choice.

Board review sessions

Board review sessions are held throughout most of the year except for “interview season” and focus on preparing categorical residents for the Internal Medicine Board Exam and for the practice of internal medicine.

Monthly workshop

Once a month, residents do an EKG workshop which consists of analyzing a set of EKGs in small groups and then reviewing the interpretation with an electrophysiologist, who explains how it guides patient management and determines whether further work-up is required.

Radiology conferences

Monthly radiology conferences are given by Scripps Mercy Radiologists. These sessions can be topic based or case based.