Conferences

The chief resident or GM attending physician moderates a case in a highly interactive fashion. Cases range from "bread and butter" internal medicine where the fine points of management are reviewed, to the rare cases where complete differential diagnosis, test selection and treatment methods are discussed. Our wide variety of Internal Medicine conferences cover inpatient and outpatient medicine, including both rare and common diseases. The education conference rooms have a complete array of multi-media tools to enhance presentation and learning. These include large flat screen display smart boards, wireless audience response systems, video projection capability (live camera, radiology projection), as well as clasic teaching modalities such as projectors and dry erase boards. Gundersen Medical Foundation offers complimentary meals at each morning and noon teaching conference. House staff are able to attend all conferences unless there is a patient in need of immediate care.

Morning Report 
This is a cornerstone of our resident education. It runs from 7:30 to 8 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Attendance is expected for all internal medicine residents, other residents, students on internal medicine rotations and selected staff. The Chief resident, a senior resident or GM attending physician moderates a case in a highly interactive fashion. Cases range from "bread and butter" internal medicine where the fine points of management are reviewed, to the rare cases where complete differential diagnosis, test selection and treatment methods are discussed.  Medicine Grand Rounds, Flea Circus and practice board review questions utilize the wireless audience response system are also presented at this time.

Senior residents present the case once a week and summarize the main learning points at the end. All teaching is accomplished with an emphasis on evidence-based and cost-effective medicine principles.

Board Review Class -
On Friday mornings a small group board review class is held using MedStudy as a guide. The Chief resident leads this class that emphasizes the approach to difficult questions and the "hot points" that will be seen on the ABIM exam.  Practice ABIM board questions are regularly utilized during this class.

Noon Conference
These conferences are held each weekday. Various specialty topics, resident presentations, and outside distinguished speakers comprise this most beneficial conference curriculum. Special attention at this conference is provided in the beginning of the academic year for our new residents. Several departments present "Emergency" clinical situations for their particular specialty, e.g. "Oncology Emergencies" or "ENT Emergencies.

Journal ClubThis is a monthly resident-led, evidenced-based review of current journal articles. Residents choose journal articles relevant to the practice of internal medicine. Statistics are reviewed with one of our biostatisticians in an effort to learn statistical methodology and to judge the relative strengths and weaknesses of the selected articles.

Intern Ethics Seminar This is a monthly discussion led by Thomas Harter, PhD, Medical Humanities/Ethics, along with various staff. First year residents meet and discuss ethics in a case-based format. Topics are often driven by current clinical experiences in an effort to help residents handle difficult ethical issues that they will face during the remainder of their careers.

“It takes a special kind of program to train newly minted doctors to become confident providers in three years. Although that time frame may seem sufficient, once reality hits and you realize the amount of information you need to learn and apply, a lifetime seems like it may  not be enough. Gundersen recognizes that medicine is a field of lifelong learning and prepares individuals to succeed in that pursuit. From the superb staff attendings who all emphasize education foremost, to the abundance of patients from a tri-state area, there are plenty of opportunities to develop skills necessary for practice. The philosophy at Gundersen is direct patient care and hands on learning to graduate well trained and confident doctors. We are encouraged to take ownership of our patients, make independent decisions on patient care, focus on scholarly activities and focus on our studies. As a result we have outstanding board pass rates, fellowship match rates, and in training exam averages. For a program that only has one in-house fellowship to match into, our fellowship match rate is spectacular. On top of that, we have a lot of fun doing it all because when you are here, you are family. If you want a place that rewards hard work and where hard work is rewarding, this is it.” Linh Ngo, D.O., former resident, current Rheumatology fellow, University of Minnesota

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