We offer a wide variety of recurring conferences as part of our residents’ education. Our goals for these conferences include enhancing residents’ clinical decision-making and knowledge, helping residents prepare for the boards, supporting ongoing incorporation of EBM principles into medical practice, providing a venue to discuss ethical dilemmas encountered during patient care, and giving residents opportunities for their own scholarly presentation.
7:45-8:30am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This is a resident-led, interactive case presentation and discussion, which is facilitated by one of our chief residents. It is a well-loved opportunity to think critically about management decisions, with input from our general pediatrics and subspecialty attendings, and challenge our developing clinical acumen.
Evidence-Based Medicine Curriculum
7:45-8:30am on Tuesday mornings. We have a comprehensive evidence-based medicine curriculum led by Dr. Allen Liles, including resident-led critical appraisals of articles along with interactive didactic sessions that allow us to advance our ability to understand and utilize EBM concepts in practice.
12:00-1:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday. Noon conference provides a venue for review of topics ranging from Approach to a Patient with Diabetic Ketoacidosis to Cultural Aspects of Palliative care: Experiences from Sub-Saharan Africa. Through these conferences, our program strives to offer a balance between learning about the pragmatics of clinical management and developing a better understanding of the broader context of medicine in which we practice.
12:00-1:00pm on Thursdays. While interns are attending “intern support”, upper levels attend board review. This session is led by the chief residents and focuses on a board review topic. The residents practice answering board prep questions and always learn key points essential for the boards.
Intern Support A free lunch hour where upper levels carry interns' pagers, clinical work is left at the door, and interns enjoy hanging out together.
1:15-1:45pm daily. This conference is offered daily so that each resident can attend prior to or post his/her weekly Continuity Clinic session. This is an opportunity to learn and review the “nuts and bolts” of primary care. We review recent articles advancing primary care practice and learn practical knowledge, such as how much rice cereal you actually need to add to thicken baby formula (and if that’s even helpful for reflux).
8:00-9:00 am Tuesday and Friday. This conference allows residents to discuss interesting cases which present to the ED. Led by a general or ID attending, it provides feedback and allows further follow-up for patients. Laboratory personnel also attend, bringing microbiology plates and cultures for additional review and learning.
Monthly on Tuesday mornings, plus occasional noon conferences. Arlene Davis, the Director of Clinical Ethics Consultation & Education and Associate Professor of Social Medicine, leads these thought-provoking sessions. Residents bring ethically challenging cases for discussion and we leave with a better understanding of and appreciation for the ethical dilemmas that we face on a daily basis.
Weekly on Thursday mornings. This is an opportunity for national experts to bring a fresh perspective with a discussion of their research or clinical experience.
Morbidity & Mortality
Third Friday of every month at 12:00. Led by the chief residents, M&M is a multidisciplinary discussion of a difficult case, which stimulates debate about systematic improvements and often gives rise to new quality improvement opportunities.