Residency Program » Conferences & Education
Like 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.
-Donald W. Seldin, M.D.
MONDAY AND TUESDAY MORNING CONFERENCES
Board Review Strategies Conference, Monday 8:00 a.m. and ends at 9:00 a.m.
Principles of General Internal Medicine Conference, Tuesday 8:00 a.m. and ends at
Following a brief review of admissions and diagnoses from the night call,
Morning Report starts each weekday at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 9:00 a.m.
This 45-minute session affords the presenting house staff member an opportunity to
review a case with rotating faculty members. The 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.
Residents discuss selected articles. Emphasis is on commentary and critical appraisal
of the literature.
Friday Morning Conferences
Systems-Based Practice Conference -Cased-based medical conference that emphasizes challenges associated with system
interactions in medical care.
Pulmonary Conference -This conference is led by a staff pulmonologist
Quality/Medical Decision Making Conference-Case-based conference that focuses on quality or adverse outcomes based on principles
of medical decision making
Oncology/Tumor Board Conference-Multi-specialty conference that reviews difficult oncology cases to discuss further
work-up or management issues
The daily noon conferences encompass a diversity of topics and presentations.
- Monday - Friday include the monthly
- Ambulatory Care Conference topics cover the spectrum of subjects that are essential to the practice of general
outpatient medicine and necessary for completing a comprehensive three-year curriculum.
- Geriatrics Conference is a once a month conference that covers common principles of geriatric care.
- 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.
- Subspecialty Conferences is held on Tuesdays. Each subspecialty division is assigned to a particular month
(e.g. Hematology/ Oncology in March) and faculty from that subspecialty gives a series
of 4 to 5 case-based, interactive conferences.
- Board Review is held on Wednesdays. The sessions are divided among the major content areas as
defined for the ABIM exam. The current edition of MKSAP is used as presentation material
with review and analysis of pertinent questions.
- Grand Rounds, are held on Thursdays. These are arranged by the Program Director and 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 noon conference is either Metabolic Conference or Morbidity and Mortality Conference
- Metabolic Conference- This unique conference is a student and house staff favorite.
A case with one or more metabolic abnormalities is presented (e.g. DKA, hypokalemia,
alkalosis, etc.) to University Distinguished Professor, Neil Kurtzman, M.D. or another
Nephrology faculty member.
- Morbidity and Morality Conference- A resident and faculty member present a case that
illustrates an adverse outcome or an unusual medical syndrome. Radiologic and pathologic
material is included.
- Additionally, the subspecialty divisions have teaching conferences open to all residents
throughout the week.
Internal Medicine Residents will learn the indications, contraindications, complications,
limitations, and develop technical proficiency in the following procedures
- Venous blood sampling
- Arterial blood sampling
- Central line placement
- Lumbar puncture
- Nasogastric intubation
- Bone marrow aspiration
- Bladder catheterization
- treadmill exercise testing
Optional training can occur with the following procedures
- Arterial line placement
- Pulmonary artery catheterization
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Endotracheal intubation
- Elective cardioversion
- Skin Biopsy