Conferences

The internal medicine training program offers more than 200 conferences per year at each hospital site in addition to a daily morning report conference. The conference series is varied to meet the different learning styles of our residents and to optimize the delivery of information. We offer a combination of traditional didactic lectures, case-based morning reports, traditional grand rounds, jeopardy-style review series, case-based morbidity and mortality conferences, small-group bedside physical diagnosis rounds and small-group clinical skills sessions.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

7:30


Ambulatory
Morning Report

 


Ambulatory
Morning
Report


Ambulatory
Journal Club


Ambulatory
Morning
Report

 8:00

        VA Grand Rounds 
11:00


Inpatient
Morning Report


 
Inpatient
Morning
Report


Inpatient
Morning
Report


Inpatient
Morning
Report

Noon


MCV
Interns
Conference


 
VA
Interns
Conference


VCU/MCV
Grand
Rounds


3:00p  
Core Conferences
     
4:00p        
5:00p        

Conference List

Internal Medicine Core Didactic Lecture Series

A two hour lecture series each Tuesday afternoon based on a core curriculum that cycles over 18 months. This format allows all of the IM residents to gather together on a weekly basis. The curriculum is divided into two four-week blocks, each of which is devoted to a core topic. Internal medicine faculty at both facilities will teach this series on Tuesday afternoons at VCU Medical Center. The final hour of this session will be devoted to a rotating M&M conference, housestaff meetings and other interactive sessions. The conference series is enhanced by a jeopardy-style review session at the end of each topic block.

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Morning Report

We encourage an active learning style in our case-based morning report. Residents present interesting cases to a chief or program director and guide the discussion’s teaching points. We encourage active participation. The use of online resources in real-time during the conference fosters an evidenced-based approach to learning.

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Ambulatory Morning Report

One to two clinic based cases are presented for discussion of common ambulatory medicine topics. These cases are facilitated by our general medicine faculty and are required for all housestaff on Ambulatory rotations.

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Intern’s Conference

This case-based conference is a favorite of all interns and enables them to observe a master clinician model the diagnostic reasoning process.

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Graduate Medical Education Conference

This conference occurs on a monthly basis and is sponsored by the office of Graduate Medical Education. Internal medicine housestaff attend along with physicians from all residencies. Topics covered are applicable to all.

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Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine Combined Conference

This joint conference occurs once per block and enables us to partner with our colleagues in addressing the clinical challenges that we face in patient care. Our medical admitting residents select the cases for the conference and identify the key teaching points under the guidance of one of the program directors.

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Skills Sessions

These “hands-on” sessions are an opportunity for skills practice — from airway management to joint aspirations to ABG interpretations and EKG readings. They are always clinically useful and frequently interactive in the small group setting.

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Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Facilitated by the chief medical residents on a monthly basis during the 5-6 pm session of the Tuesday session, these conferences allow us to review cases for potential clinical and systems-based issues resulting in less than desirable patient outcomes. Residents participate actively in the discussions and bring cases that they select to discuss.

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Grand Rounds

This traditional conference series is held weekly and includes a quarterly clinicopathologic conference. It is a great time to see all of the faculty and housestaff together at the institution.

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Journal Club

Held weekly,Jjournal club is an opportunity to hone the skills required to critically appraise the literature. Led by our program director, the residents review articles that are selected based on real clinical questions. Over the course of the year, we discuss a variety of study types so that residents finish with the skills to critique randomized controlled trials, case-control and cohort studies, meta-analyses, guidelines, decision analyses, cost-effective analyses and studies of diagnostic testing.

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Housestaff Meeting

The housestaff meet once per month in the final hour of the Tuesday session with the program directors and chiefs for a “state of the residency” update and open feedback session.

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Subspecialty Conferences

In addition to all of the conferences mentioned above, each subspecialty offers a series of conferences to which residents are always invited and welcome.

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Board Review

Held during the second half of the year, board review is led by key faculty in each topic area.

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