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.
Monthly morbidity and mortality conference presented jointly by Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine Chiefs/faculty.
Patient Safety Conference
Monthly 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
Conferences for the PGY-I and PGY-II level resident during the month of July. This conference replaces the normal Noon Conference for the first month of residency to prepare the resident for medical problems they may encounter in the ER.
Practice Management / Business in Medicine
We have had multiple requests over the last few years to develop a Practice Management/Business of Medicine curriculum. In response to these requests, we designed a full-day retreat in the Fall for all PGY-3 residents, covering such topics as contract negotiation. In addition, we are also building a lecture series to introduce residents to a number of Practice Management topics.