We make an investment in our residents' futures through conferences, retreats, job mentoring workshops, advisors, evaluations, and a well-rounded competency-based curriculum. In addition, we provide funding for residents traveling to conferences with an accepted poster or presentation. We are also developing an ultrasound curriculum and provide each categorical resident with a SonoSim ultrasound probe simulator.
We have a broad curriculum of conferences that include case based discussions, interactive presentations provided by key clinical educators, journal clubs, morbidity and mortality conferences (M & M), clinical pathological conferences (CPCs), Grand Rounds, and noon conference. Each of our four hospitals has a hospital-specific noon conference series. Senior residents present their Senior Seminar as part of the curriculum delivered every year. Specific conferences during the ambulatory block cover doctor patient communication skills, cardiac auscultation skills, and the curriculum on evidence based medicine.
In July of the second year, the class travels to a hotel/resort for two days. This Teaching Retreat includes workshops to develop skills in teaching, timed just prior to serving in the upper level role where residents set the tone for the medical students and interns. Facilitators from around the country come to help teach the curriculum. Residents get specific training in giving feedback and creating good learning environments on their teams. The retreat also provides an introduction to leadership skills and teamwork.
A strong advisor and mentoring system is in place to keep you on track for your career goals. Each resident is assigned one faculty advisor and one program director advisor. The faculty member is generally in whatever field you choose choice and will meet with you two to three times over the year to monitor performance evaluations and to serve as a resource around research projects, fellowship application process, and provide advice for whatever you might need. Program director advisory meetings are performed twice yearly to review progress and a formal annual review is performed every year. Almost all of the residents will additionally have the same continuity clinic preceptor for all three years of training. This faculty member also serves as an unofficial advisor and advocate over time.
Our track record in medical education innovation includes some unique evaluation processes to assess each resident's clinical performance. These include a number of 360-degree tools, patient satisfaction surveys, unannounced standardized patients in the continuity clinic, and a number of self-directed projects for the competency portfolio. Direct observation and self-reflective activities round out the assessments on doctor-patient communication skills and professionalism.