A typical day during inpatient service at Memorial University Medical Center looks like this:
Educational conferences have varying formats and are a large part of our program. Our conferences complement our curriculum and include team-based learning, case presentations, Journal clubs, and much more. These conferences are highly rated and well attended. An explanation of each conference is provided below.
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, from 9:15-10 a.m., for all house staff and faculty currently on medical wards. This is a resident-driven conference in which one to two cases recently admitted are presented to a teaching faculty member for an in-depth interactive teaching session focusing on differential diagnoses, treatment modalities, and interpretation of laboratory and radiographic data.
This is an active learning initiative that has generated considerable excitement. Residents are divided into teams to develop in-depth understanding about various medical problems. Half of the residents attend the morning session and half attend in the afternoon.
A career-enhancement program is scheduled monthly. This covers areas such as obtaining a job, contracts, overhead, healthcare financing, bank loans, disability insurance, setting up an office, promoting a practice, how to get a fellowship, and opportunities in clinical research.
Conferences are held on Fridays from 8-9 a.m. in the state-of-the-art Medical Education Auditorium at Memorial University Medical Center. Distinguished and renowned guest lecturers present a broad spectrum of topics.
Scheduled on the fourth Wednesday of every month, this conference provides a forum where faculty and residents can examine current cases in an effort to provide continuous quality assessment and improvement.
These daily meetings are held Monday through Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m., for all house staff and teaching faculty. There is a three-year revolving curriculum addressing all aspects of internal medicine in preparation for the American Board of Internal Medicine Examination given by subspecialist and general medicine faculty.
Four to five formal evidence- based medicine conferences are scheduled per month. The residency is divided into four teams, with one team presenting two articles each week. These conferences provide comprehensive coverage of emerging evidence and the format ensures that the content is current with the medical literature.
These monthly conferences use innovative methods to teach important concepts regarding the six competencies.
Once a month, the residents take an internally prepared test based on specific areas of internal medicine.
This multidisciplinary conference is attended by radiation oncology, pathology, hematology/oncology, surgery, and residents on hematology/oncology service (or any other rotation). The board discusses interesting oncology cases and upcoming evaluation and treatment plans.
Interns and residents spend a half day each week in their own continuity clinic and provide hospital follow-up care to patients seen at Memorial University Medical Center (occurs pre-call day if on medicine wards). Our Center for Internal Medicine clinic allows residents to practice medicine in a real-life private-practice setting.
All PGY-3 residents are required to attend a 10-day internal medicine board review course in Dallas, Texas, in May at the expense of Memorial University Medical Center. The course is an excellent way to
solidify clinical knowledge at the end of training.