Didactics and Conferences

Jeopardy at Morning ReportThe Internal Medicine Residency Program offers a robust conference series covering acute care, primary care, board review, and evidence-based medicine, taught by our chief residents and some of 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 interesting cases that have come into our general medicine or subspecialty services and often have specialists from other fields involved in this teaching hour. Typically, lunch is provided at these conferences four times per week.

We also have a weekly Intern Report on Wednesday afternoons, 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.

Lunch at Morning ReportMedicine Grand Rounds occurs every Friday and is focused on a variety of multidisciplinary topics designed to engage both the general practitioner and the subspecialist.

Other teaching conferences that occur on a regular basis include:

  • EKG morning report – high yield review of normal EKGs and cardiac pathologies, led by our Cardiology faculty
  • Chest Imaging morning report – high yield review of chest x-rarys and chest CTs with associated pathologies, led by our Pulmonology faculty
  • Medical-themed interactive games – Jeopardy, Family Feud, Taboo
  • Gross & Micro Pathology conference – multidisciplinary combined conference with our pathology conference, reviewing a recent autopsy case of a patient care for on our general medicine or subspecialty services
  • Evidence-Based Medicine and Journal Club – teaching sessions led by upper level residents, reviewing and critiquing major articles

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.

All residents undergo a comprehensive review of the “basics” of critical care medicine prior to their ICU rotations. This includes a multidisciplinary ACLS review and a procedures workshop led by our pulmonary fellows 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 — Teaching Teachers to Teach, early in the second year of training — dedicated towards helping our residents to develop as teachers.

Didactic Conferences


  • Attending Rounds
  • Outpatient Morning Report (at UMA)
  • Morning Report (M/Tu/W/Th)


  • Intern Morning Report (Wed)
  • Introduction to Clinical Investigation/
    Research Conference (PGY1s – Mon, Jan-March)
  • Medicine Grand Rounds (Fri)
  • Morbidity & Mortality Conference (Tues)
  • Teaching Teachers to Teach
    (PGY2s – Mon, Jul-Sep)

Twice Weekly

  • Acute Care Conference (M/Th, Oct-Jun)
  • Clinical Medicine Conference (M/Th, Nov-Feb)
  • Board Review Series (M/Th)


  • EKG Morning Report (3rd Mon)
  • Chest Imaging Morning Report (1st Mon)
  • Gross & Micro Pathology Conference (3rd Thur)
  • Evidence-Based Medicine/Journal Club (Tues)
  • Outpatient Journal Club
  • Residents are also welcome to join subspecialty/ fellows conferences during their outpatient rotations

Ambulatory Curriculum

Fontaine 415 BuildingThe “+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 & Diabetes Care
  • Introduction to Billing & Coding
  • Introduction to Quality Improvement & Patient Safety
  • Ethics & Cultural Competency
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Resiliency Workshop
  • UMA & Epic Updates
Year 2
  • Advanced Billing & Coding Workshop
  • Care Transitions II
  • Career Transitions
  • Difficult Patient/Somatization
  • High Value, Cost Conscious Care
  • Humanism I
  • Jobs & Contracts
  • Mental Health Issues I
  • MSK Exam
  • MSK Procedures Workshop
  • Professionalism I
  • Resiliency Workshop
  • UMA & Epic Updates
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
All Years
  • Outpatient Morning Report (Daily)
  • Outpatient Journal Club (Four times/month)
  • Office-Based Medicine Curriculum (Monthly) – case-based reviews on two primary care topics
  • Population Based Medicine, Self-Assessment, & Individual and Group QI Projects