Ambulatory Academic Half-Day
Residents on ambulatory rotations meet together for one half-day per week in small groups with a mix of PGY-1's, PGY-2's, and PGY-3's to engage in Team Based Learning facilitated by the ambulatory attendings and the Ambulatory Chief Resident.
Ambulatory Noon Report
Clinical cases are presented by residents once per week to those rotating on ambulatory rotations.
Conducted over all three years of residency, this curriculum focuses on preparing trainees for the American Board of Internal Medicine examination through multiple modalities, in small group sessions during Ambulatory Academic Half-Days, and during the Hospital-based Core Curriculum. A $1,250 academic stipend is provided yearly to all residents in order to purchase study materials, such as MKSAP
Inpatient Academic Half-Day
Residents and interns have the opportunity to learn through didactics and problem based learning small groups while on wards. Residents have Academic Half-Day on Tuesday afternoons, and Interns attend Academic Half-Day on Thursday afternoons, such that the teaching sessions are geared to the PGY level.
Intern report, held once weekly, provides an opportunity for interns to hone their presentation skills and practice forming a broad differential on unknown cases in a uniquely low stress environment. This interactive conference is led by senior educators, the program director, and the Department Chair.
All PGY-2, PGY-3 and PGY-4 housestaff attend these weekly sessions designed to augment the longitudinal core curricula through a variety of formats, including case-based presentations, evidence-based medicine, and MKSAP® question review. Upper level residents at the VA have EBM based Resident Report Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays lead by faculty and the VA Chief Medical Residents.
Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Curriculum
Residents partake in Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) workshops three mornings per week while on VA ward rotations. This strengthens residents' skills in evaluating academic literature publications.
This weekly competition between inpatient teams at each clinical training site provides a fun atmosphere while practicing board-style questions and strengthening test taking skills.
Quality Improvement Conference
Each resident, while on the Quality Improvement rotation, will present his/her work on a patient-related quality improvement project focusing on the "PDSA cycle" or a patient safety case. Our residents have presented these projects at both state and national meetings where they have received recognition for their work to improve patient care.
Patient Safety Conference
Our Chief Residents for Quality and Safety moderate this monthly conference presented by our residents on the Quality Improvement rotation that highlights important systematic and patient safety issues through case presentation, providing a forum for discussion on morbidity and mortality through root cause analysis.
Town Hall Meetings
These once-monthly business meetings, conducted by the program director, provide a forum to discuss updates within the program as well as to address any resident issues or concerns. We also use these meetings to celebrate birthdays and our Intern and Resident of the Month.