Core Topics in Internal Medicine

The majority of noon conference topics fit under this curriculum.  We emphasize having a curriculum that is interactive and case based.  We cover topics from all subspecialties of internal medicine (and beyond) that are relevant for general internists and primary care doctors.

Highlights from this series include:

  • The “Emergencies” lectures: Infectious disease emergencies, endocrine emergencies, dermatologic emergencies, and psychiatric emergencies to name a few
  • “Pancreatic cystic lesions”
  • “Buprenorphine 101”
  • “Breast cancer for the internist”
  • There are also disease focused talks, like “Acute pancreatitis” and “Chronic Obstrucive Pulmonary Disease” other important talks like that

Ultrasound curriculum

For more information, go to Ultrasound Curriculum.

Quality improvement curriculum

For more information, go to Quality Improvement Curriculum.

Clinical Reasoning Curriculum

For more information, go to Clinical Reasoning Curriculum.

Framework Fridays

Introduced in 2023, Framework Friday’s are case presentations led by the chief residents during noon conference that dive deeply into a framework and how applies to clinical reasoning related to the case.

Topics covered include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Microcytic anemia

Master Clinician Mystery Case Series

The Master Clinician Mystery Case Series was developed by residents Luke Morrey and Rachel Genova (’23) as part of a Distinction in Medical Education (link) curricular project.  For this series, a case is presented to a master clinician in aliquots and the attendees break into small groups and discuss their approach to the case before coming back as a group to hear what the master clinician is thinking as the case unfolds.  The emphasis is on reasoning and the correlation between basic pathophysiology and clinical presentation.

Topics covered include:

  • Pulmonary-renal syndrome
  • Lactic acidosis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease

RRT/Code Blue Simulation

Residents participate in simulations of Rapid Response and Code Blues during the ambulatory curriculum of their Y week.  This is a progressive learning experience with the PGY2s running the simulation, the PGY1s assisting and the PGY3s giving feedback.  This was an addition to the educational opportunities made available to residents during the 2023-2024 academic year and it has been very well received.

Board review curriculum

Board review is a longitudinal curriculum that occurs during the academic half day of Y weeks and during noon conference in the later part of the year.  Additionally, our program facilitates a “Board Review Weekend” at the end of the academic year for graduating residents.  These didactic sessions are organized around MKSAP questions and focused on content heavily covered by the ABIM in order to reinforce clinical reasoning, key points, and test taking strategies.

Resident Teaching Skills Curriculum

For more information, go to the Teaching Skills curriculum.

Wellness curriculum

For more information, go to Wellness Curriculum.

Health Equity Curriculum

Introduced in spring of 2023, the purpose of the Health Equity curriculum is to increase residents’ awareness of issues of health equity within medicine and give residents tools to minimize them.  These talks are given during noon conference on a regular interval to increase our residents training in this critically important issue. For residents learning more about health inequities in medicine, we also offer a Distinction in Health Equity as well as clinical experiences in the Free Medical Clinic and LGBTQ clinic.

Talks given in this series include:

  • “Health equity and disparity”
  • “Stigma and evaluation in substance use”

R2 Talks

All second-year residents participate in creating and delivering a noon conference lecture and handout on an educational topic of their choice.  Residents are paired with faculty mentors and given feedback.

Talks given by residents include:

  • “Alcohol-associated hepatitis”
  • “Infective endocarditis: beyond the TEE”
  • “Pulmonary Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis”
  • “Clinical diagnostic errors”

Journal Club

All third-year residents lead a discussion of a current primary literature in internal medicine or internal medicine subspecialties.  There focus is on critically appraising the study design and evaluating the applicability of these results to patient care.