A variety of different conferences designed to provide a broad educational experience for the Internal Medicine housestaff are held on a regularly scheduled basis. Most of these conferences occur during “protected time” – times when no other patient care activities are scheduled and during which hospital staff is asked not to page residents except in emergency situations. This allows the residents to devote their full attention to their educational program. A brief description of the resident-focused didactic sessions is given below. In addition to these conferences, faculty on many rotations carve out time for rotation-specific daily didactic sessions.
Weekly conference discussing a topic of current interest in Internal Medicine.
Daily presentation of a single case by a senior resident with the discussion focused on forming differential diagnoses and diagnostic/therapeutic approaches.
Daily curriculum-based didactic conference presented by a member of the UMKC faculty. The first month of the year is devoted to emergencies in medicine.
Monthly, interactive, case-based didactic sessions which allow residents to learn from our faculty in a small group environment.
Monthly conference discussing a recent journal article from the Internal Medicine literature, with a focus on critically interpreting the literature and developing an understanding of biostatistics.
Conferences during the “+1” week based on the Yale Office-Based Medicine Curriculum.
Quarterly morbidity and mortality conference presented jointly by Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine Chiefs/faculty.
Patient Safety Conference
Quarterly conference reviewing a recent case on the internal medicine service where there was an adverse patient event. This is followed by an interactive resident and staff discussion to improve current procedures in the hope of preventing a similar event.
Emergencies in Medicine
This conference replaces the normal Noon Conference for the first month of residency to prepare residents for medical problems they may encounter in the ER.
Billing & Coding
Dedicated and intensive curriculum for PGY-2 residents on how to appropriately bill/code/document inpatient and outpatient encounters.