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 Overholt Auditorium has a complete array of multi-media tools to enhance presentation and learning. These include PowerPoint, digital video projection capability (live camera, radiology projection, and VCR for ECHO), slide projectors, overhead projector 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 Friday. 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.

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 Wednesday 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. 

Noon Conference
These conferences are held each weekday. Various specialty topics, resident presentations, and outside distinguished speakers comprise this most beneficial conference curriculum. This venue is also the setting for Medical Grand Rounds. 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 Bernard Hammes, 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.

Intern Case Conference - This conference, held on Monday's and Wednesday's from July - October, is designed to help prepare interns to manage common and/or urgent problems encountered in their hospital patients.  It includes topics such as "chest pain" and "shock," and is aimed at preparing residents for covering patients on night float. All interns complete this series of conferences prior to starting night float.

“Gundersen is a wonderful place to train. I don’t think there is any other residency program similar in terms of community amongst the residents. As a result of this we get along very well and feel more like family members to each other rather than colleagues. In my opinion this is an important key to surviving some of the most stressful years of our lives. The staff doctors are wonderful and education is placed as a priority. We are given multiple opportunities to prepare professional presentations and do many other clinical things independently. For this reason there are few residents who graduate from this program who are not able to hit the ground running and practice confidently from the beginning. If I could go back in time and make my decision again, I would choose Gundersen again. Hands down." - Rachel McKenney, MD - former Internal Medicine resident

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