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Educational Conferences

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 interns at UCSD Hillcrest and the VA Medical Center:

Teaching Conference
Teaching Conference
​Internal Medicine
Grand Rounds
Teaching Conference
​Resident Signout Rounds
Radiology Rounds (VA)

​Noon Conference
​Intern Report 
​Friday School

Morning Teaching Conferences at VA and 
Hillcrest Medical Centers

Morning Teaching Conference is held at both UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and the VA San Diego Healthcare System in La Jolla on& Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. These case-based conferences often include a subspecialty expert discussant and focus on diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to common and uncommon; cases presenting at our hospitals. On Friday mornings at the VASDHS, Radiology Rounds are held 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.

Medicine Grand Rounds are held on Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
See our upcoming schedule, view past presentations, and for more information. 

Noon Conferences at the VA and
Hillcrest Medical Centers

The weekly QIPS (Quality Improvement & Patient Safety) conference is a quality and systems-improvement series based on cases seen at our hospitals. The CRC (Clinical Reasoning Conference) 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.

Intern Report

On a weekly basis, interns participate in their own conference during which they present high-yield inpatient cases, discuss differential diagnoses, and explore therapeutic options.

Conferences at the Jacobs Medical Center

The 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 Hematology/Oncology teaching conferences which occur weekly.

Friday School

Friday School is a longitudinal, 3-year curriculum held every Friday afternoon. This is a protected time for interns and residents to cover important topics from the various subspecialties within internal medicine. These longitudinal sessions often include interactive sessions, including skills workshops such as ultrasound, field trips, patient interaction, and evidence-based journal clubs.

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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