formal residency curriculum is given during a series of Wednesday Education
Sessions held across the second and third years. Residents attending these
sessions are excused from clinical responsibilities in order to focus on the
educational opportunities at hand. We have steadily moved away from traditional
lecture based content to small interactive group and case-based learning. We
also incorporate on-line learning modules across a variety of subjects and from
two separate commercial platforms. Workshops in point of care ultrasound,
clinical reasoning, neurology cases, and more help round out the material
covered. Intern Wednesday Education Sessions occur during each +1 clinic week
and consist of Chief Medical Resident and faculty led discussions on a variety
of topics including resident wellness and resiliency, implicit bias training,
ambulatory topics, and critical appraisal of the medical literature.
Medical Grand Rounds is held at noon on Wednesdays at University Hospital and is broadcast to other training sites. UCD faculty and guest speakers discuss a broad range of subjects from clinical practice to basic science.
Morbidity and Mortality conferences are held at noon on one to two Fridays per month at each institution. Topics are reviewed in a case-based format with invited faculty. A systems based approach with emphasis on quality improvement is employed.
Autopsy conference is held at noon one Friday per month at the VA in conjunction with the pathology department and includes review of pathology specimens with faculty. Outcomes conferences are held monthly at each site to review all deaths, ICU transfers, other unexpected events, but also particularly excellent outcomes.
Intern Lecture Series - This group of lectures is provided for new interns at the beginning of each academic year and covers practical and important topics including procedures, cross-cover, acute MI, acute GI bleed, respiratory failure, and others. Fellows specializing in various associated fields give these lectures at each hospital site, using an interactive and case-based format.