Didactics and Conferences

morningreportThe Internal Medicine Residency Program offers a robust conference series covering acute care, primary care, board review, and evidence-based medicine, taught by the best faculty at UVA.

Our Morning Report is an interactive experience occurring four days per week and is consistently valued as the top educational conference by our residents. We review two fresh and interesting cases that have come into our general medicine or subspecialty services and often have specialists from other fields involved in this teaching hour. In July 2015 the time of Morning Report changed from 8:00-9:00 AM to 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. This created more time for patient care in the early morning and has resulted in increased attendance of interns and residents at morning report. Along with the change in timing of morning report, daily lunch is now provided at noon conferences. We also have a weekly Intern Report, an educational hour that is protected for interns while their pagers are covered by upper level residents. This conference focuses on intern-specific learning objectives.

Our Research Curriculum starts in the spring of intern year to introduce the basics of clinical investigation and to facilitate each resident’s personal research project. We also have monthly inpatient and weekly outpatient Evidence Based Medicine and Journal Club sessions led by upper level residents, reviewing and critiquing major articles. We also developed a cutting-edge, web-based Online EBM Curriculum that guides residents through the different topics at their own pace.

Our computer-based learning curriculum is continued and highlighted by REALM, which guides the residents through key topics in Cardiovascular Medicine during their rotation on the Acute Cardiology Service and Coronary Care Unit Service. A similar curriculum is in development for the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) rotation. In addition, prior to rotation through the MICU, all residents undergo a comprehensive review of the “basics” of critical care medicine, including a multidisciplinary ACLS review and a procedures workshop in UVA’s state of the art Simulation Center.

In addition to scheduled conferences and planned curricula, resident teaching is an integral part of the education of the housestaff. We therefore have a curriculum dedicated towards helping our residents to develop as teachers which takes place early in the second year of training.

Didactic Conferences


  • Attending Rounds
  • Outpatient Report
  • Morning Report (M/W/Th/F)


  • Core Lecture Series (through Sep)
  • Gross & Micro Pathology Conference (3rd Thur)
  • Intern Morning Report (Tues)
  • Introduction to Clinical Investigation/Research Conference (Wed, Jul-Oct)
  • Medicine Grand Rounds (Wed)
  • Morbidity & Mortality Conference (Tues)
  • Radiology Rounds (General
  • Medicine/Digestive Health)

Twice Weekly

  • Acute Care Conference (M/Th, Oct-Jun)
  • Clinical Medicine Conference (M/Th, Nov-Feb)
  • Primary Care Medicine Conference (Tues)


  • Evidence-Based Medicine/Journal Club
  • Outpatient Journal Club
  • Residents are also welcome to join subspecialty/fellows conferences during their outpatient rotations
Clinical faculty and resident at University Physicians of Charlottesville

Clinical faculty and residents at University Physicians of Charlottesville (UPC).

Ambulatory Curriculum

The “+1” week, which allows our residents to focus their energy on outpatient medicine, is complemented by a dedicated ambulatory education series on Wednesday mornings. The first hour is spent on a case-based curriculum that covers assessment and management of common ambulatory conditions. The second hour is dedicated to longitudinal quality improvement projects in which residents learn and apply various principles of quality improvement to actual issues identified within the UVA Health System. The final two hours are comprised of a rotating series of lectures that cover topics such as safe sign-out and handoff-of-care practices, motivational interviewing, office procedures, humanism in medicine, health policy, career guidance and contract overview. We also host an outpatient journal club once per quarter to cover new discoveries in ambulatory medicine and principles of critical appraisal of literature.

Ambulatory Curriculum Template

All seminars and workshops repeat each +1 ambulatory week for one full block.

Year 1
  • Orientation to UMA Clinic & Epic EHR
  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing
  • Alcohol & Substance Abuse
  • Breaking Bad News
  • Care Transitions I
  • Chronic Illness & The Chronic Care Model
  • Diabetes Simulation & Resources
  • Introduction to Billing & Coding
  • Introduction to Quality Improvement & Patient Safety
  • Ethics & Cultural Competency
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Resiliency Workshop
  • PBLI Workshop Sessions/QI Projects
Year 2
  • Advanced Billing & Coding Workshop
  • Care Transitions II
  • Career Transitions
  • Cost Conscious Care
  • Difficult Patient/Somatization
  • Humanism
  • Jobs & Contracts
  • Mental Health Issues I
  • MSK Exam
  • MSK Procedures Workshop
  • Professionalism I
  • Resiliency Workshop
  • UMA & Epic Updates
  • PBLI Workshop Sessions/QI Projects
Year 3
  • Career Transitions
  • Health Disparities & Advocacy
  • Health Insurance & Payment Models
  • Health Policy & Economics
  • Humanism II / Practical Wisdom Heroes
  • Medical Error Disclosure
  • Medicolegal Issues
  • Mental Health Issues II
  • Resiliency Workshop
  • Professionalism II
  • UMA Handoff Transition
  • PBLI Workshop Sessions/QI Projects
All Years
  • Outpatient Morning Report (Daily)
  • Office-Based Medicine Curriculum (Monthly) – case-based reviews on two primary care topics
  • Population Based Medicine, Self-Assessment & Individual QI Project