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Sample Weekly Conference Schedule


All conferences are conducted virtually via the Microsoft Teams platform to allow residents in remote locations to participate and to allow for social distancing. Residents are able to join by phone or computer via meeting invites.

Morning Report

Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays on alternating rotations, 8-8:30 a.m.
Residents on elective only

These conferences are focused on preparing for the Internal Medicine boards with residents assigned to create an interactive teaching session on a topic related to their rotation. Residents work both on improving their medical knowledge as well as learning clinical pearls that can be used for patient care.

In addition, once per rotation we have a special session run by one of our teaching faculty, Joey Parker, DO, called “Own the Boards” where we develop a framework of approach for specific topics and review how to best approach the associated board-style questions.

Noon Conference

Monday through Thursday, Noon-1 p.m.
All residents (unless on CCU/Nights)

Noon conference sessions are taught by medicine subspecialists and general internal medicine faculty, covering core medicine and sub-specialty topics over a 2-year period. Topics are further tailored based on the prior year in-training exam scores to help prepare residents for their internal medicine board examination at the end of residency.

In addition to specialty speakers at least twice per month we have an interactive conference focused on clinical diagnosis skills and the development of evidence-based medical practices. Residents present challenging or interesting cases that the group uses to work on developing clinical frameworks and schemas for approaching particular presentations.
Noon conference is always a protected didactic hour where residents forward their pagers and patient responsibilities to their attendings.

Primary Care Curriculum

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, 1-1:30 p.m.
Each resident (unless on CCU/Nights) once per week

Every week, primary care and categorical medicine residents engage in interactive, small-group discussions on key topics in primary care guided by a primary care core faculty member. Case-based readings and reference articles are provided in advance, serving as an up-to-date source of information on diagnosis and treatment, physical exam findings, and evidence-based medicine.  All primary care residents create a module to add to the primary care curriculum repertoire.

Inpatient Curriculum

Every Friday, Noon-12:30 p.m.
All residents (unless on CCU/Nights)

Inpatient Curriculum is a resident-driven educational experience, which allows senior residents to hone their teaching skills during their inpatient months. The code senior for that day reviews their assigned topic of the week with the residents using premade modules and internal medicine board review style questions, which highlight crucial hospital medicine topics, making for focused teaching and participation.

Grand Rounds

Friday, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Residents on elective only

Grand Rounds are multidisciplinary, weekly presentations aimed at providing timely updates in research, diagnosis and treatment. Topics vary widely across a full array of medical specialties, with presenters from both Virginia Mason and other nationally recognized medical intuitions.

Specialty Conferences

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Monthly, during Afternoon Report/Noon Conference

These conferences are led by third-year residents in conjunction with attending faculty. They focus on improving patient care, with a particular emphasis on systems-based prevention of medical errors as the third-year resident leads the residents through a cognitive dissection of a case to review the factors leading to its outcome.

Journal Club

Monthly, during Afternoon Report/Noon Conference

This is a series of didactics run by our faculty expert in evidence-based medicine over the course of the year covering the basics of interpretations of medical statistics and analysis of scientific literature. All second year residents run a session as well, guiding their co-residents through the analysis of journal articles that they find are pertinent to medical care and reviewing how to apply their findings to clinical practice.

Morning Skills Workshop

Sessions during Morning Conference

Sessions run by the chief medical residents and other core and specialist attendings will occur throughout the year during morning conference which focus on development of skills, including EKG, ABG interpretation, clinical reasoning and framework development along with other clinical skills, providing all residents with similar, strong foundations in these key skills.

Humanism in Medicine

Sessions during morning and noon conference

An important part of caring for patients is understanding the socioeconomic and cultural factors that affect their lives as well as the cognitive and emotional factors that play into how we as individuals and as a community practice medicine. In order to provide residents with a strong foundation for them to be able to deliver thoughtful, patient-centric care, over the year we cover a variety of topics, including the intersection of race and medicine, understanding the cognitive biases that impact our practice and acknowledging the vulnerabilities that we experience when caring for patients to improve resident awareness of them.

Continuing Medical Education

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health has a fully accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) program, sponsoring outstanding continuing medical education opportunities at the Hospital and Seattle Medical Center. These course offerings are open to our residents free of charge. Examples include courses in primary care, cardiology, evidence-based medicine, diabetes management and reduction of health care costs.

Mentorship Meetings

Every quarter, each categorical and primary care resident will meet with their assigned mentoring group for an hour-long meeting to discuss personal goals during residency, career aspirations, fellowship and research opportunities. This time lends itself to obtaining guidance from attending physicians and is a space to ask any questions about residency and beyond.