At UC San Diego, a robust didactic curriculum is designed to provide exposure to the latest developments in patient care and research. These range from case-based morning teaching conferences, grand rounds, and our Friday School hands-on longitudinal curriculum.
Sample Conference Schedule for residents at UCSD Hillcrest and the VA Medical Center:
|Resident Signout Rounds|
Radiology Rounds (VA)
|Intern Report |
Morning Teaching Conferences at the VA and
UCSD Hillcrest Medical CentersMorning Teaching Conference is held at both UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and the VA San Diego Healthcare System in La Jolla on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. These case-based conferences led by the chief medical residents include a subspecialty expert discussant and focus on diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to common and uncommon cases presenting at our hospitals. On Friday mornings, we have Senior Signout Rounds, during which the night resident presents one of their admissions to the day team residents. Radiology Rounds are also held on Friday mornings at the VA to teach the fundamentals of reading diagnostic imaging.
Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
Leaders in internal medicine from UC San Diego, as well as from all over the U.S. and across the world, are invited to speak at weekly
Medicine Grand Grounds to present topics focusing on the synthesis and review of contributions of basic science and clinical research and how these apply to clinical care.
Noon Conferences at the VA and The weekly Excellence in Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (EQIPS) conference is a quality and systems improvement series based on cases seen at our hospitals. The Clinical Reasoning Conference (CRC) series centers on a mystery case presentation in which a Master Clinician teaches us their diagnostic approach in real-time. Weekly Noon Conference faculty lunch lectures cover topics from a longitudinal curriculum of key internal medicine subjects. Each talk is focused on the diagnosis, management, and frontiers in common pathology seen in internal medicine. The program provides lunch during intern reports, QIPS/CRC conferences, and faculty lunch lectures. There are also talks on evidence-based medicine, ethics, resident issues, insurance models, and documentation standards.
UCSD Hillcrest Medical Centers
Every Thursday, interns participate in their own conference, during which they share high-yield inpatient cases, discuss differential diagnoses, explore therapeutic options, and enjoy wellness activities.
Conferences at the Jacobs Medical Center
The UCSD Jacobs Medical Center provides an opportunity for twice-weekly, resident-driven, small group conference discussions involving hospitalists and faculty experts. With the chief medical resident, residents present cases that emphasize care planning in hematology/oncology, hospital medicine, and palliative care. Additionally, residents attend weekly hematology/oncology teaching conferences.
Friday School Friday School
is our weekly protected didactic time held every Friday afternoon. With 2 hours dedicated to interns and 4 hours to residents, residents have the opportunity to explore the many disciplines within internal medicine in both a traditional lecture format and in interactive sessions, including workshops such as ultrasound, field trips, patient interaction, and evidence-based journal clubs.
The annual curriculum includes six different subject blocks and is part of a larger three-year curriculum that encompasses all of the core aspects of internal medicine.
Ambulatory Care Conferences
Residents participate in interactive case discussions the afternoon of their continuity clinics with faculty menders at all sites. These cases focus on common primary care issues.
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