Didactics and Conferences

Dr. El Chaer Leading Acute Care SeriesThe 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 interesting cases that have come into our general medicine or subspecialty services involved in this teaching hour. 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.

Medicine 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:

  • Evidence-Based Medicine and Journal Club – teaching sessions led by upper level residents, reviewing and critiquing major articles
  • Health Policy – led by one of our internal medicine faculty members who also has a law degree and served as a White House Fellow for several years
  • Morbidity & Mortality – conference led by residents to review cases that highlight common pitfalls in clinical decision-making
  • EKG morning report – high yield review of normal EKGs and cardiac pathologies
  • Chest Imaging morning report – high yield review of chest x-rays and chest CTs with associated pathologies
  • 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

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. All new upper level residents undergo a Teaching Teachers to Teach curriculum dedicated towards helping our residents to develop as teachers.

Didactic Conferences

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Attending Rounds
Outpatient Morning Report (at UMA)
Morning Report (M/Tu/W/Th)
Acute Care Series (M/Tu/Th, Jul-Sep)
Clinical Medicine Conference (M/Th, Nov-Feb)
Board Review Series (M/Th, Feb-Jul)
Intern Morning Report (Wed)
Medicine Grand Rounds (Fri)
Introduction to Clinical Investigation/Research Conference (PGY1s – Mon, Jan-March)
Teaching Teachers to Teach (PGY2s – Mon, Jul-Sep)
EKG Morning Report
Chest Imaging Morning Report
Gross & Micro Pathology Conference
Evidence-Based Medicine/Journal Club
Morbidity & Mortality Conference
High Value Care
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 session is 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. The second session is spent on a case-based curriculum that covers assessment and management of common ambulatory conditions. The third session 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. 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 1Year 2
Orientation to UMA Clinic & Epic EHR
Advanced Motivational Interviewing
Care Transitions I
Chronic Illness & Diabetes Care
Delivering Serious News
Introduction to Billing & Coding
Pain Management
Palliative Care
Professional Ethics
Substance Use Disorder
Ultrasound Workshop
UMA & Epic Updates
Care Transitions II
Cultural Competency
Difficult Patient/Somatization
Health Disparities & Community Partnered Medicine
Humanism I
High Value Care
Jobs & Contracts
Mental Health Issues
MSK Workshop
Outpatient POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound)
Strengths Finder
UMA & Epic Updates
Year 3All Years
Advanced Billing & Coding
Career Transitions
Choosing the Right Practice & Compensation Models
Health Insurance & Payment Models
Health Policy & Economics
Humanism II - Wisdom in Medicine
Medical Error Disclosure
Medicolegal Issues
Mental Health Issues
UMA Handoff Transition
Monday: Subspecialty Outpatient Lecture

Tuesday: Primary Care Lecture

Wednesday: Office-Based Medicine case reviews

Wednesday: Population Based Medicine – Self-Assessment & Individual and Group QI Projects

Thursday: Resident-led Outpatient Journal Club

Friday: Resident-led Outpatient Morning Report