Program Structure and Curriculum

Conference Descriptions

  1. Morning Report  is held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (11:30-12:10).  Directed by the ACMs, the conference is attended by the Program Director, department chair, faculty, and all interns and residents.  Morning report is designed to cover high-yield board review topics as well as interesting patient cases.  It provides an opportunity to discuss questions and problems regarding patient diagnosis and management in an open and supportive environment.  Case discussions stem from a variety of inpatient and ambulatory settings with an emphasis on developing clinical reasoning skills.  Board-style multiple choice questions are featured at each conference to stimulate discussion and prepare residents for the ABIM exam.
  1. Departmental Grand Rounds is an opportunity for the entire department to convene each Thursday morning from 8:00-9:00 AM.  Diverse, engaging topics are delivered by Wake Forest faculty, including those from Internal Medicine and its subspecialties as well as faculty from Radiology and Pathology.  Presentations are often case-based and emphasize current advances in Internal Medicine.  Additionally, one Clinical-Pathological Conference (CPC) is presented each month during which a faculty member from one of the different sections of Internal Medicine discusses an interesting and often puzzling case in an interactive venue.
  1. Survival Skills Lecture Series is part of the Academic half-day from July through early August and focuses on commonly encountered hospital emergencies as well as other important topics for surviving on wards and in clinics.
  1. Core Curriculum Conference is part of the Academic half-day beginning in September and is designed to cover the breadth of general internal medicine and subspecialty topics over an eighteen month repeating cycle.  These lectures are given by core teaching faculty from each department.
  1. Clinic Minute is held at the beginning of the afternoon continuity clinic.  It is a quick, high-yield session which covers acute care medicine, chronic disease management,  clinical guidelines, and preventative medicine topics.
  1. Board Review Series  is part of the Academic half-day April-June focusing on specific high yield information in preparation for the Internal Medicine Board Certification Exam.
  1. Mortality and Morbidity is held monthly to review deaths, autopsy material and discuss end-of-life decision making.  Best available evidence from literature that applies to these patient care issues is discussed.  Incorporated into this conference is a critical event review including root-cause-analysis and fishbone diagrams where system based issues are addressed and recommendations for improvement are made.
  1. Internal Medicine Resident Grand Rounds are scholarly presentations presented on Thursdays at noon by our PGY3 residents on a clinically relevant question that permits exploration and interpretation of best available evidence.  Presentations are case based, use computer presentation skills and provide an opportunity for scholarship.
  1. Evidence Based Medicine Seminars/Journal Clubs  are part of the Academic half-day. ACMs, Program Directors and residents critically appraise the literature to answer clinical questions, review current advances and acquire efficient literature appraisal skills. The seminars also cover skills needed to practice Evidence-Based Medicine including medical informatics, how to keep up to date and complex medical decision making.
  1. The Research Seminar Series is a part of the residency research curriculum.  Seminars are cover 12-14 topics related to methodology, statistical methods, research design and manuscript preparation.  This seminar series prepares residents for patient-oriented research projects and complements the evidence based medicine curriculum.
  1. Resident Research Forums offer residents engaged in research the opportunity to present their work, receive meaningful feedback and participate in scholarly discussions with their peers and established investigators.  It occurs monthly each Thursday at noon.
  1. Intern Time Out is an informal lunch session that occurs one Friday each month at noon.  It is an opportunity for interns to meet in small groups with ACMs and Program Directors to discuss issues related to intern year.
  1. House Staff Meeting is a meeting of Program Directors, ACMS and all house staff one Friday each month at noon to discuss and address any house staff concerns as well as upcoming events.
  1. CLASS (Core Learning Ambulatory Seminar Series)  is a series of conferences that take place every other Friday designed to enhance the ambulatory experience for second and third year residents.  The sessions are led by Program Directors as well as ACMs with the assistance of core teaching faculty from internal medicine, medicine subspecialties, case management and others involved in outpatient care.  Housestaff receive both didactic education as well as "hand on" experience with joint injections, diabetic supplies, etc.
  1. Intern EBM Seminar (Evidence Based Medicine Seminar) is a small-group tutorial seminar scheduled Tuesday mornings before Morning Report.  Interns are assigned to attend this two-part seminar series during 2 of their ambulatory rotations.  Interns gain experience locating, interpreting and critically appraising medical literature pertaining to specific clinical questions.
  1. Intern Systems Based Practice Seminar a series that follows the EBM seminar on Tuesday mornings and focuses on an introduction to systems of health care and quality improvement.
  1. Intern Advanced Communication Skills & Professionalism Seminar is a seminar series during 2 of their ambulatory rotations during which interns explore aspects of effective doctor-patient relationships, professionalism and medical ethics.
  1. INOC/ROC report occurs Thursday afternoon at 5:30-6:00pm and is an opportunity for the housestaff working nightfloat to discuss patient workflow and patient care with the Program Director and ACMs.

Quick Reference

Internal Medicine Residency
Betsy Burkleo
Residency Coordinator

Residency Office
336-716-4305

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