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 Grand Rounds (Disability) – Dr. Drew Yeannakis
- 1:30-1:40 Break
- 1:40-2:30 International Rounds (Doulas) – Dr. Megan Bloom
- 2:30-2:45 Mindfulness – Dr. John Gazewood
- 2:45-3:30 Monthly Case (Family Medicine Faculty)
- 3:30-4:00 Peer Teaching
- 4:00-4:10 Break
- 4:10-5:00 Lecture (OB Series) – Dr. Steve Heim
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 Behavioral Rounds and Information Mastery journal club. Behavioral Rounds are often facilitated by our own experts- Drs. Claudia Allen and Joseph Tan. Behavioral Rounds consist of didactic sessions that educate the residents on various issues in behavioral medicine, such as common psychological problems that patients may experience. 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. We have a weekly intern lunch, on Fridays, where we 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 is dynamic. 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. It challenges our residents to grow in a supportive environment and come together as the UVA Family Medicine team!