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Conferences

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 (7:45 a.m.); Clinical Pathology Conference/ Mortality & Morbidity
  • Wednesday: Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Thursday: Morning Report (7:45 a.m.) Journal Club, Department of Medicine Research Curriculum Lecture Series, Resident Research Conference, Case Conferences, or Subspecialty Lectures
  • Friday: Case Conferences, Stanford 25 Physical Exam Conference Series; Intern Report (1:00-2:00 p.m.)

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, our program has recently re-initiated 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, and evidence-based diagnostics and management.

Location: Classoom A, Basement of Rock Pavilion
Timing: 7:45 a.m. - 8:30 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. - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

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. - Monday

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! Extremely educational in terms of learning how to prepare an exhaustive list of differentials for a clinical finding.

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)

Review of cases in which morbidity or mortality has occurred, and analysis of the causes of the adverse outcomes and identification of the individual and systems issues that need to be addressed. Some M&Ms will be presented by attending physicians for the entire IM department, while others are presented by residents 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. - monthly (see calendar for exact dates)

Journal Club (September to June)

In depth review by 3rd year residents of a single scientific paper, with emphasis on methodology and statistics. Organized and coordinated by Dr. Bizath Taqui and others from the departments of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Experts in attendance include statisticians, consultants and epidemiologists.

Location: Residents' library - 8th floor Parkinson Pavilion
Timing: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays (see calendar for exact dates)

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: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Wednesday

Intern Report (August to June)

This is a protected conference for interns, which begins after the Summer Conference Series.  Upper year residents carry the interns’ work phones during this hour. 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.

Stanford 25 Lecture Series (August to June)

New in 2017! The Stanford 25 Lecture Series was developed to emphasize the importance of physical exam technique in the care and management of patients.  Topics are taught by internists and subspecialists, many of whom have undergone formal Stanford 25 training themselves.  This conference occurs approximately once a month.

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