Family Medicine Conferences
This past year we moved to a half-day conference. This has increased the variety of learning experiences our residents now participate in during conference time. Our residents are actively engaged in our conferences, helping to plan the curriculum, select speakers, and provide conferences. We build our conference calendar around a repeating 18 month cycle that covers core content areas in Family Medicine.
A conference afternoon might look something like this:
- 12:30-1:30 Grand Rounds-Dementia-David Geldmacher
- 1:30-1:40 Break
- 1:40-2:30 OB Conference-Warniment-Post-Partum Hemorrhage
- 2:30-2:45 WAW-Gratitude
- 2:45-2:55 Break
- 2:55-3:05 Derm Case-Kolb
- 3:05-3:45 Inpatient Report-Boeding/Perez
- 3:45-4:30 Behavioral Rounds-Allen
- 4:30-5:00 Information Mastery-Silverberg
Our “WAW,” or Wellness Activity of the Week sessions are “mental health breaks” where we practice wellness skills, such as gratitude, working on meaningful relationships, and mindfulness. Our conferences mix lectures, brief case presentations and interactive discussions, and we regularly schedule procedure workshops and simulation center experiences to broaden our residents’ educational experience.
We have a weekly intern lunch, on Wednesdays, where have a chance to feed our first-year residents and be sure they are all surviving the challenges of internship. On Thursdays we alternate a board review conference and “Practice Inquiry,” which is a facilitated support group where upper level residents explore issues in professionalism, the physician-patient relationship and personal growth that are raised during residency.
Our conference calendar is dynamic, and changes to meet the needs of our residents. Along with the Essentials of Family Medicine months, our didactic curriculum is a well-rounded, challenging and enjoyable complement to our excellent clinical teaching.