Teaching takes place daily at bedside and during multiple didactic sessions as described below.
Weekdays between 8 and 9 a.m. This is an attending/chief resident-led discussion geared to reviewing pathophysiology, fundamentals of physical diagnosis and early skills of clinical decision-making. There is focus on patient evaluation clinical reasoning skills. The presentations are scheduled to include cases from the inpatient wards, as well as interesting cases from residents in ambulatory care or elective rotations.
Weekdays between noon and 1 p.m. The program follows a two-year rotating curriculum for these conferences. Conferences are given by internists and subspecialty faculty. This daily conference is developed as a programmed yearly curriculum, focusing on the core concepts that have been selected by the Curriculum Committee as the critical components of the discipline of internal medicine. It is designed to prepare our residents for the American Board of Internal Medicine exam.
These are held on Friday mornings twice a month. With a mix of both external and local experts, our Grand Rounds cover a variety of topics in both general internal medicine as well as subspecialties.
Management Review Conferences and Clinico-pathologic Conferences:
These are high quality, resident-run conferences held on Friday mornings. The attendees receive CME credits for participation.
M & M Conferences:
These are held monthly. Patient care scenarios in which the outcome was unexpected are discussed with fellow residents and faculty. It is a self-reflection exercise to identify opportunities for improving patient care.
Senior Conference Series:
Senior residents present an interesting case or topic to the fellow residents and faculty once a month.
This is a monthly conference during which the residents select and critically appraise articles published in major medical journals, the practical application of statistical methods, and presentation skills. This practice emphasizes the skills necessary to analyze and implement information conveyed in medical journals. Timely and clinically relevant articles are selected to illustrate core topics of evidence based medicine.
Bedside Attending Teaching Rounds:
These are daily bedside attending rounds are conducted with the entire team, where the art of history-taking and physical exam skills are refined, as well as the management of each patient case by case.
Board Review Sessions:
These are conducted between January and May of the academic year by faculty. Questions are selected from MKSAP, and only the most board relevant questions are reviewed to ensure a more valuable teaching session with the residents.
Resident as Teacher Sessions are informal sessions designed towards peer education and resident to develop and refine their teaching skills through presentations.
In addition, we have morning hand-off. This is a discussion held with the night float residents and interns and residents to discuss overnight cases that were admitted. The chief resident supervises these discussions. The evening hand-off is supervised by faculty.
Resident Research Activities:
All Capital Health residents are expected to participate in research and scholarly activities, which are mentored by faculty advisors. Each resident designs and implements a research project, which is presented at the "Annual Research Day" in March of their PGY3 year at a Research Day event. A panel of physicians from the Medical Staff judge the projects and the best three receive awards.
Residents are highly encouraged to submit abstracts of their research projects, as well as case reports and performance improvement projects, to regional and national meetings and to scientific publications.