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Conferences and Rounds

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-Donald W. Seldin, M.D.




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 9:00 a.m.



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.


Journal Club


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

Noon Conferences

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
  • ACLS
  • Venous blood sampling
  • Arterial blood sampling
  • Paracentesis
  • Thoracentesis
  • Arthrocentesis
  • 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