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The Department of Medicine maintains a full schedule of conferences open to faculty, house staff and students. The combination of diverse clinical experience, outstanding didactic conferences and the innate talent of those who choose to do their residency here explains our superb performance on the Internal Medicine Board exams where Temple residents are invariably in the top quartile of examinees and our 3-year board pass rates are consistently above the national mean.

Our basic conference structure is shown below. All conferences are from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted. While dissemination of knowledge during conference is important, one of the overarching themes in our curriculum is a focus on clinical reasoning. We pride ourselves on teaching residents how to think, not just what to think. 

Food is provided at noon conferences. 

  • Monday: Ambulatory Conference
  • Tuesday: Morning Report (8:15 a.m.); Clinical Pathology Conference/ Mortality & Morbidity
  • Wednesday: Internal Medicine Grand Rounds; Intern Report (1-2 p.m.)
  • Thursday: Morning Report (8:15 a.m.); Core Inpatient Conference Series
  • Friday: Core Inpatient Conference Series

Teaching teams on the general medicine floors are protected from receiving admissions during noon conference. Residents on their Ambulatory week do not start afternoon clinic sessions until 1:10pm, allowing them to stay through the completion of the conference.

Morning Report

In addition to a robust noon conference schedule, residents also attend morning report, which occurs on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. Led by our chief residents and key clinical faculty in a number of different specialties, cases are presented and broken down with a focus on problem representation (the “one-liner” that is adapted as more clinical information is ascertained), illness scripts, diagnostic reasoning strategies, and evidence-based diagnostics and management. One report is typically dedicated to generalist faculty who are experts in clinical reasoning. These clinicians guide residents through the diagnostic process as it pertains to undifferentiated cases. Another report invites subspecialty faculty to facilitate discussion emphasizing the diagnosis and management of a particular disease.

Location: Classroom A, Basement of Rock Pavilion
Timing: 8:15 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Summer Conference Series (June to August)

Our “Bootcamp” series is loaded with essential topics that are immediately relevant and practical for both beginning interns as well as more seasoned residents.

Location: Residents' library - 8th floor Parkinson Pavilion
Timing: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Ambulatory Conference (GIM Grand Rounds)

Presented by GIM attendings, third-year residents or by speakers invited to speak about topics relevant to outpatient primary care practice.

Location: Erny Auditorium - Rock Pavilion
Timing: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Mondays

Core Inpatient Conference Series (September to June)

Led by faculty with clinical expertise in core topics relevant for internal medicine boards. Each month is devoted to a different specialty (cardiology, pulmonary, GI, renal, ID, rheum, endocrine, heme-onc, hospital medicine and neurology).  

Location: Residents' library - 8th floor Parkinson Pavilion
Timing: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays

Clinical Pathology Conference (September to June) 

Detailed analysis by seasoned clinicians who explain their clinical reasoning as they dissect cases equipped only with history, physical exam, and a few select labs or images. The diagnosis is not provided in advance to faculty or residents!

Location: Erny Auditorium - 1st floor Rock Pavilion
Timing: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Monthly (see calendar for exact dates)

Morbidity and Mortality Conference (September to June)

Core group of faculty with expertise in patient safety concepts review cases where a near miss or adverse event has occurred. These conferences form the cornerstone of patient safety curriculum, demostrating a systemic method of analyzing root causes resulting from cognitive and/or systematic errors. In addition to our department M&M conference, we also use a similar format for residents to present in a closed forum that will be attended only by other residents and one faculty member in charge of M&M. Combined M&M for ED, IM residents, and surgical residents may occur when appropriate.

Location: Erny Auditorium - 1st floor Parkinson Pavilion (for departmental M&M) or Residents' library - 8th floor Parkinson Pavilion (for resident M&M)
Timing: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesdays bi-monthly

Journal Club (September to June)

Format to review recent articles from high-impact journals emphasizing critical appraisal techniques, basic biostatistics and impact of the article on clinical practice. Led by third-year residents who introduce the article with background and rationale for the trial; This is followed by an active learning component using break-out groups, all of which is moderated by the department chair and faculty from hospital medicine and infectious disease who have expertise in principles of evidence-based medicine.

Location: Residents' library - 8th floor Parkinson Pavilion
Timing: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays

Grand Rounds (September to June) 

One of the most important conferences in Internal Medicine. Grand Round speakers are invited from around the country to talk about medical conditions or issues within their field of expertise. These talks are attended by students, residents, fellows and attendings, and are a vital part of the intellectual atmosphere at Temple.

Location: Erny Auditorium - 1st floor Parkinson Pavilion
Timing: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesdays

Intern Report (August to June)

This is a protected conference for interns, which begins after the Summer Conference Series. Upper-year residents take care of calls and pages to minimize disruptions to learning. Conference typically involves case-based presentation focusing on differential diagnosis, workup and management. Questions generated during the conference will be addressed by the presenting intern the following week.

Location: Residents' library - 8th floor Parkinson Pavilion
Timing: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays

Reflection and Wellness Series

Led by Senior Faculty (Director of Palliative Care and Bioethics as well as Director of Resident Wellness). Provides safe forum to discuss issues related to wellness- finding joy and meaning in medicine, reflecting on experiences with patient care and challenges of modern medicine

Location: Residents' library - 8th floor Parkinson Pavilion
Timing: Interwoven within conference series