- For Internal Medicine, book money is used to purchase an ACP membership and the most current MKSAP digital membership.
- For Pediatrics, book money is used to purchase the MedStudy book series, PREP, and Pediatrics in Review.
- Yale Curriculum is also utilized by the program throughout the year during our Wednesday didactics.
- Internal Medicine Curriculum by Johns Hopkins (PEAC) is available to residents. Each resident is required to complete 1 module per month for a total of 12 modules per year minimum.
Didactics are an important part of our residency program especially since most of our residents elect to take both of their board exams immediately following residency. Our didactics evolve from year to year to best suit the residents in the program.
While on Internal Medicine rotations, our residents are expected to attend the Internal Medicine didactics. Currently, the Internal Medicine didactics consist of Grand Rounds on Tuesday at noon and Thursday afternoon lectures. Conversely, when our residents are on Pediatric rotations, they are expected to attend the Pediatrics didactics. Currently, the Pediatrics didactics consist of daily morning report, noon conferences, and Grand Rounds. Besides attending categorical didactics, we have our own Med-Peds didactics:
- Movie Monday: Every Monday at noon, we spend 45-50 minutes watching a board review video. During this pandemic, we are currently connecting and watching via Zoom.
- Wednesday Noon Conference: This is held in the conference room of our continuity clinic. The first 30 minutes includes discussion of assigned articles and/or presentation of an assigned topic by a resident. The last 30 minutes are utilized to go over the answers to assigned board review questions. Every Friday afternoon, 20 board review questions (10 IM, 10 Peds) are sent out to all of the residents by the resident who is on Ambulatory Med-Peds. The residents have until Wednesday to answer the questions. The answers to these questions are then discussed during noon conference.
For our 4th year residents, we have helped them design a study schedule from July until they take their board exams. The residents this year decided on a systems-based schedule. Therefore, every month is dedicated to a particular system or two. For example, July’s study topic was Cardiology and August’s study topics were Rheumatology and Orthopedics. They were encouraged to do board review questions on their own time. Furthermore, the weekly didactics topics were based on their study schedule. Both the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics departments have annual board review courses that are required for our graduating residents.
We hold monthly journal club, except during interview season. A scholarly article is presented by an upper level resident. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would gather at a restaurant or at someone’s home to have dinner and discuss the article. We have switched to virtual meetings during the pandemic. We alternate between adult and pediatric articles. We have also been known to do an EKG refresher or Pediatric Show and Tell in the past.