Educational Conferences – IM
Education is, and will remain the cornerstone of our residency program. Our residents have ample time for reading and learning, and in addition, daily conferences usually led by attendings of various specialties. These conferences include traditional morning reports, subspecialty conferences, resident presentations, and pathology conference. In addition, we have a weekly Board review conference designed to help prepare our residents for the ABIM certifying exam. As part of this preparation, all residents receive MKSAP (Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program). MKSAP is a board review series produced by the American College of Physicians. These books are funded by the Department of Medicine and provided free of charge to all Internal Medicine and Med/Peds residents.
Schedule of Conferences (lunch is provided at all noon conferences except Grand Rounds)
We have developed an 18 month curriculum–chosen so that it will repeat twice during our residents’ 3 years of training–covering all the specialties and topics deemed necessary by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). The relative amount of time and number of lectures allotted to each specialty is based on the reported frequency of questions on Internal Medicine boards.
There will be also didactic sessions twice weekly during the ambulatory week. This is based on a specific curriculum of relevant topics emphasizing ambulatory Internal Medicine training. QI projects will also be assigned during the ambulatory week.
Morning report is also an integral part of our curriculum. It has evolved to include the traditional resident case conferences (lead by the chief resident and either Program Director or Chairman of Medicine) and “in-take” where new admissions from the night before are discussed, to now sub-specialty cases (ID, Endo, GI, etc.) and discussions from other specialties (Derm, Ophtho, Urology, etc.). At both UAMS and CAVHS, Wednesdays are intended for intern presentation of a single case. Only interns attend this morning report. We encourage residents rotating on elective and outpatient rotations to attend as well.
In addition, the department hosts a weekly journal club, at which an upper level residents present a detailed examination of recent or important articles from the medical literature. Faculty and Housestaff both attend, and it is an excellent opportunity both for scholarly enrichment and social interaction within the residency program. Also, the Med-Peds program has a separate monthly journal club, usually at the home of a Med-Peds faculty or resident, at which two scholarly articles are presented (generally 1 pediatric and 1 internal medicine).
There are also numerous specialty conferences almost constantly on the UAMS campus. To access the UAMS calendar for all events and conferences, click here.