Conferences and Didactic Sessions
Med-Peds Noon Conference
The Med-Peds Noon Conference occurs bimonthly (every other Thursday).
Didactic presentations cover topics particularly appropriate for med-peds residents.
Residents in their second and third year present at one noon conference per year. Additional speakers include med-peds faculty and other resident-selected faculty.
Business meetings are held periodically on a third Friday of the month to discuss day-to-day residency matters of concern.
Journal Club occurs monthly.
It is usually held at a faculty member’s or resident’s home, and the group shares dinner prior to discussing a journal article relevant to clinical med-peds practice.
Third-year and fourth-year residents present a critical appraisal of an article during one session of Journal Club over the course of the academic year, with the goal of further developing the ability to critically appraise medical literature.
An Evidence Based Medicine Curriculum is used to teach residents the skills necessary to critically appraise medical literature.
Med-Peds workshops occur twice a year (in spring and fall).
Our entire program gets coverage to meet for a half-day workshop in which we discuss topics that are relevant to our med-peds residents.
Past workshops have focused on poverty and health care, sports medicine, technology in medicine (“Health there is an App for that”), transitional care, health care reform, the obesity epidemic, and palliative care in patients of all ages.
A med-peds ambulatory-based pre-clinic curriculum is completed by residents and the preceptor as a group before clinic patients are seen. The curriculum covers topics important for the ambulatory med-peds physician and includes vaccinations, tobacco cessation, weight management, hypertension, outpatient diabetic care, colic, and anticipatory guidance.
Pediatrics Noon Conferences
Noon Conferences initially cover basic topics, such as fluids and electrolytes, acute infectious diseases management, and cardiac failure. Later in the academic year, the conferences are devoted to subspecialty topics, such as bleeding and inflammatory bowel disease.
Grand Rounds are informative weekly sessions that include excellent CPCs and other presentations by visiting speakers.
Every Friday morning, one senior resident presents an interesting and challenging pediatrics case. Residents think through a differential diagnosis and initial workup and management. The conference is attended by at least one representative from each subspecialty division and is moderated by the chair of pediatrics. This has become one of the most popular conferences, as it allows residents to hear multiple perspectives on difficult cases.
Resident Report provides a forum for a detailed discussion of one or two specific cases selected by the housestaff. It occurs during inpatient months. Resident Report is facilitated by a rotating group of generalists and subspecialists to allow for a more in-depth discussion of cases.
Subspecialty conferences are numerous and are available to all residents, especially to those on block rotations in a particular subspecialty.
Internal Medicine Conferences
Internal Medicine Noon Conferences
Sessions of Internal Medicine Noon Conference, held 3 days a week, comprise the major portion of the didactic experience. The sessions offer basic information on the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of disease and are presented by general internal medicine faculty as well as faculty in the various subspecialties.
Resident Report provides a forum for a detailed discussion of one or two specific cases selected by the housestaff. It occurs during inpatient rotations. Resident Report is facilitated by a rotating group of generalists to allow for a more in-depth discussion of cases.
Grand Rounds is a weekly presentation on a topic of interest to the entire medical community, often by a speaker of national reputation. The purpose is to describe state-of-the-art therapies, provide comprehensive evidence-based reviews of topics, and present current research.
Chief of Medicine Conference
Once a month, the chief of medicine selects an interesting and difficult adult case. The case history is presented by a resident, and one of the academic internists presents the generalist approach to the case diagnosis. Subspecialists, radiologists, and pathologists are among the other attendees who present and add additional information and teaching points to the case.
Morbidity and Mortality Conference
Once a month, the Department of Internal Medicine conducts a resident-led morbidity and mortality conference that centers on discussion of a single patient case with multiple contributing errors. Faculty are invited from multiple departments, including surgery, pathology, pharmacy, and nursing, to name a few. The moderator leads an interactive discussion on how the errors occurred. More importantly, the conference participants discuss ways to improve the healthcare delivery system to prevent future, similar errors. This is one of the program’s most highly rated educational sessions.
Department of Pediatrics
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Pittsburgh, PA 15224