Morning report is held every morning for 60 minutes. Core faculty and subspecialty attendings from all departments are present for all morning report sessions. Chief medical residents serve as moderators. An assigned resident is responsible for case presentation and formulating 2 clinical questions to address using the literature. Occasionally, morning reports will also include MKSAP or NEJM+ MCQs with a faculty member or the chief medical residents.
Academic Half Day
Extended sessions on Mondays after morning report during ambulatory blocks. Academic half day sessions are interactive and used to address ACGME core competencies. Sessions include videos, interactive cases, tutorials etc.
Noon conferences are held 3-4 days a week. All lectures are delivered by faculty members. Lecture topics are planned by the chief medical residents and focus on core topics that are heavily represented in the boards.
Grand Rounds are held every Wednesday from September to June. The speakers comprise national and international experts as well as members of the St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Department of Medicine Faculty. The talks provide updates in areas of interest to internal medicine practitioners as well as the latest breakthroughs in diagnostics, therapeutics, and clinical and translational research.
Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
Morbidity and mortality (M&M) conferences are an ACGME mandated educational series that occur monthly and are presented by the chief medical residents. Goal is to learn from medical errors, complications, and unanticipated outcomes. Focus is on education and not culpability. Audience participation is strongly encouraged.
3rd Year Debates
New format introduced this calendar year (2015-2016). Third year medical residents are paired with another senior and a faculty member. In a traditional debate format, the two house officers will debate in favor and against a controversial topic in medicine. The audience will vote on a winner.
ICU team members are encouraged to attend noon conference on a daily basis. Additional curriculum includes ICU journal club and ICU morbidity and mortality conference held twice monthly.
Journal Club is an academic activity designed so that residents learn to clinically appraise a journal article. Each resident is assigned a faculty mentor and a study design (RCT, meta-analysis, diagnostic, cohort and case control studies). Residents meet with their mentors at least one month prior to their presentation, so that the mentor can guide them in the article selection, analysis and discussion of the article. Residents present the journal club to the rest of the residents (who should have read the article a day before so they come prepared) in the presence of their mentors and there is a discussion at the end of the presentation.
Chart Simulated Recall
Chart stimulated recall sessions occur for all medical teams on the wards. Core faculty spend two sessions a week that are one hour in duration to review medical documentation, provide feedback using the PDQI-9 instrument and assign learning objectives to research and present the following session. The goals and objectives are to improve medical documentation, encourage critical thinking and establish lifelong learning habits by emphasizing researching the primary literature.
Board review sessions are held for 3rd year residents every week in the library and run by our associate program director Dr. Abbas Zaidi. The Department of Medicine purchases MKSAP review books for residents during their PGY-2 year.
Each sub-specialty division offers a number of weekly conferences focusing on clinical cases, clinical and basic science research. Residents are encouraged to attend these conferences as well. A yearly Research Day Conference highlights the research projects and accomplishments of faculty, fellows, and residents.
Judi Soressi, Program Coordinator
Internal Medicine Residency Program
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
736 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02135
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