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Conferences and Rounds

left quoteLike any other rapidly advancing discipline, medicine may be plagued with mistakes and misuse. However, the surest way to reduce or eliminate inept performance is to incorporate the most enlightened knowledge into medical practice.right quote

-Donald W. Seldin, M.D.


monday conferences
  • Board Review Strategies  Emphasis is on board testing techniques and review of multiple choice questions 
  • House Staff Meeting is a monthly meeting of all TTUHSC residents sponsored by the office of GME. This meeting serves to update house staff on important institutional issues. Elected officers of the house staff serve as liaisons on many institutional committees.
  • Morbidity and Mortality is a noon conference series where third year residents present specific cases for presentation under the supervision of a faculty member.
  • Morning Report  A case is prepared by a resident in advance of the conference. Emphasis is placed on oral presentation, work-up, and differential diagnosis. The resident delivers a brief, updated aspect of the presentation topic.
  • Principles of Medicine  Emphasis on In-Training-Exam objectives and basic principles of clinical internal medicine.
wednesday conferences
  • Subspecialty Conference  Each subspecialty division is assigned to a particular month (e.g. Hematology/ Oncology in March) and faculty from that subspecialty gives a series of 3 to 4 case-based, interactive conferences.
thursday conferences
  • Journal Club Residents discuss selected articles. Emphasis is on commentary and critical appraisal of the literature.
  • Grand Rounds These are conducted by the Department of Medicine and other institutional faculty as well as visiting professors. Topics include advances in basic and clinical knowledge in many fields on Internal Medicine.
Friday Conferences
  • Patient Safety Cased-based medical conference that emphasizes challenges or adverse outcomes associated with system interactions in medical care.
  • Clinical Process Improvement Case-based conference that focuses on quality improvement based on principles of medical decision making. 


Internal Medicine Residents will learn the indications, contraindications, complications, limitations, and develop technical proficiency in the following procedures
  • ACLS
  • Venous blood sampling
  • Arterial blood sampling
  • Paracentesis
  • Thoracentesis
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Central line placement
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Nasogastric intubation
  • Bone marrow aspiration
  • Endotracheal intubation
  • Arterial line placement
Optional training can occur with the following procedures
  • Pulmonary artery catheterization
  • Elective cardioversion
  • Treadmill exercise testing