Family Medicine Conferences

Our Tuesday afternoon conferences form the backbone of our didactic curriculum. Our residents are actively engaged, helping to plan the curriculum, select speakers, and do some teaching themselves. 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       GR: Bariatric Surgery - Dr. Peter Hallowell – Surgery Faculty
  • 1:30-1:40         Break
  • 1:40-2:30         Infomastery-Diagnosis: Scott Williams - Resident
  • 2:30-2:45         MINI Case: Scott Williams - Resident
  • 2:45-2:55         Break
  • 2:55-3:10         WAW- Dr. Claudia Allen – Family Medicine Faculty
  • 3:10-4:00         Inpatient Report: Brett Castrodale - Resident
  • 4:00-4:30         Preoperative evaluation: Dr. Gazewood – Family Medicine Faculty
  • 4:30-5:00         Thyroid nodules: Cecily Montgomery - Resident


Conference always begins over lunch with Grand Rounds.  The speakers range from General Surgery attendings to our own residents presenting their scholarly work.  The rest of the afternoon varies and includes informative lectures, case presentations, journal club, procedure workshops, and behavioral health training.  Tuesday conference gives our residents a chance to not only learn, but to practice their own teaching skills as well.

A few highlights include the Wellness Activity of the Week (WAW) and Information Mastery journal club. WAW sessions are “mental health breaks” in which we practice skills such as gratitude, working on meaningful relationships, and mindfulness.  WAWs and Behavioral Rounds are often facilitated by our own experts- Drs. Claudia Allen and Ted Siedlecki.  Information Mastery is UVA Family Medicine's approach to medical evidence.  Led by our academic fellows and our renowned faculty, each week a resident chooses a potentially meaningful journal article and we systematically analyze whether or not the study should change our medical practice.  In this way our residents learn how and when new research should be assimilated into practice- a vital skill the real world!

Group learning and support is also fostered during the rest of the week.  Every Friday we have intern Lunch, where our first-year residents share experiences. On Thursdays we alternate every other week between Board Review and Practice Inquiry, a structured version of Intern Lunch for upper-level residents.

Our conference is dynamic.  It challenges our residents to grow in a supportive environment and come together as the UVA Family Medicine team!



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