Conferences and Online Education
Listed below is a listing of seminars, didactic and online education modules that we are routinely using in our residency training. We are constantly revising and upgrading these whenever possible.
Internal Medicine Academic Conference (weekly)
This weekly seminar series is for the entire medicine residency program, and meets each Monday from 10:30-noon for interns and 1:30 to 3:30 for residents. It takes the place of the more conventional noon conferences, and attendance is dramatically higher than classical noon conferences. Residents from all clinical sites attend these seminars, which cover a broad internal medicine curriculum over the course of the year. It is a great opportunity for socializing among residents and faculty. Lunch is provided.
Morning Report (Tuesday through Friday, all sites)
Each site has its version of Morning Report, where Chief Residents moderate a case discussion on common and uncommon medical cases,with faculty participation.
Morbidity, Mortality, Quality and Safety Conference (monthly)
We have a monthly Morbidity, Mortality, Quality and Safety Conference (MMQS) on Monday at noon. Here we do M&M cases with faculty and residents over a great lunch, and we add in topics relating to quality improvement and patient safety. We work hard to have this be an educational, not punitive, conference. It is a resident favorite.
Internal Medicine Grand Rounds (weekly)
Grand Rounds is held every Thursday at noon and is videocasted to all hospital sites. One quarter of these Grand Rounds are dedicated to clinical topics, such as Clinical Solving Problem Cases, where expert clinicians work through an unknown case presented by our chief residents. Once a month, we have our Clinical Grand Rounds, where one of our residents presents an outstanding case from our service, with experts discussing the complexities and learning points from the case.
Ambulatory Care Conference (weekly on Friday AM for all residents and interns on Ambulatory)
Residents regularly present Journal Club and evidence-based reviews (that they research) to their colleagues. Each year, we cover the basic tenets of clinical reasoning. Residents also present medical errors, which are discussed in a safe format. A staff psychologist meets regularly with residents to debrief on the residency program and their work and family lives.
Hopkins Online Ambulatory Modules (monthly)
We utilize the outstanding online educational modules provided by Johns Hopkins. Residents are assigned 10 modules on common ambulatory topics that must be completed in the academic year (i.e., 1 per month or so). Each takes only 1-2 hours, but they are great self-study education modules. There are upwards of 30 modules available each year, so ambitious residents can complete as many as they wish – we require only 10.
Consultative & Perioperative Medicine Essentials for Hospitalists Modules
Residents must complete modules from this online curriculum as part of their General Medicine Consultation Service rotation. There are 28 modules presently, but we only assign a core selection to the residents. This is an outstanding self-study resource that complements the consult curriculum perfectly.
Outpatient Morning Report (weekly, Tuesday AM at UCD)
The Primary Care residents attend morning report on Tuesdays and we do an outpatient morning report, concentrating on educational cases from clinic, to allow focused discussion on common outpatient problems.
General Medicine Pre-Clinic Huddle (weekly)
Every week, we have a pre-clinic huddle, where faculty and residents in clinic that day meet for 20 minutes before clinic to discuss many aspects of ambulatory care, including some quality improvement, and practice management techniques. The clinic nurses and staff often participate.
UC Davis has a state of the art simulation suite, called the Center for Virtual Care. Our residents regularly go to the CVC for training on managing a code blue, learning about the hemodynamics of floating a pulmonary artery catheter, and practicing how to place central lines. With central lines, residents complete an annual training course that also includes training on ultrasound use. This year, CVC plans to expand its training on bedside procedures including thoracentesis, paracentesis and lumbar puncture.
Internal Medicine Board Review
In the winter and spring, we hold a 1-2 hour board review course on Monday afternoons after resident conference. Here we have specialists cover the main topics in their expertise area, using the MKSAP as a guide.
Other Internal Medicine Conferences (weekly)
When on subspecialty rotations (consults or CCU), residents can also attend the subspecialty conferences, which are regularly held. While at the VA, residents attend noon conferences on a daily basis.