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A series of topics in the biomedical and psychosocial spheres of family practice. These teaching conferences are held Thursday afternoons at the Highland Family Health Center. These sessions are led by faculty, visiting speakers, and third-year residents. Formats range from the straight didactic, to case-oriented presentations, to open discussion, to hands-on skill workshops.
OB Core Curriculum
Presentations are shared by all maternity care faculty with the assistance of the Maternal and Child Health fellows. This portion of the teaching afternoon addresses OB and GYN topics and related needs of inpatient and ambulatory care.
Biomedical Core Curriculum
Presented to all residents on a three-year cycle. The topics focus on aspects of care specific to ambulatory practice. Presentations are by the Family Medicine faculty. Topics vary from adolescent health care and joint injections, to breast disease and refugee health assessment.
Psychosocial Medicine Core Curriculum
A three-year program of seminars held every other week in conjunction with the psychosocial medicine rotation. The focus is on the basics of interviewing, the family in family medicine, the biopsychosocial/systems approach to patient care, and important topics in primary care. Faculty includes family therapists, mental health providers and physicians. There is a separate psychosocial medicine curriculum for PGY-1s; PGY-2s and PGY-3s meet together.
This seminar series occurs throughout the third year of residency, on every other Friday morning from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The seminars at the beginning of the year focus on the practical aspects of finding the job that is right for you: how to locate job opportunities; the questions to ask prior to, and during an interview; how to evaluate a contract; when do you need an attorney for a contract?; how to negotiate; contract pitfalls to look for, such as limited covenant clauses, etc. The second half of the year focuses on physician as supervisor, office manager and professional, with such topics as time management, billing and coding, and handling patient complaints. Finally, there are several seminars that deal with personal finance issues, such as disability and life insurance and student loan management. All the inpatient and outpatient rotations for the third year are scheduled in such a way as to allow the third year residents to attend all the seminars throughout the year.
Learning doesn’t stop with graduation from residency. Journal club occurs as part of core teaching and a bimonthly breakfast meeting. Our Journal Club goal is to build skills in answering point of care questions by using evidence based resources. It is an opportunity for residents to become more comfortable using online evidenced based resources to answer questions that come up in their clinical practice. The Journal club format was created to give residents practice using a variety of online evidenced based resources to answer clinical questions quickly and accurately. There is also practice in reviewing journal articles about the clinical questions.
The Journal Club during core teaching occurs monthly. Third year residents, chief residents and a faculty member meet every two weeks for breakfast at a nearby restaurant that has good coffee, tasty food and great cheap specials.
The Departments of Family Medicine and Medicine sponsor a weekly Primary Care Grand Rounds for residents, faculty, community attendings and specialists. Our department chair, Dr. Tom Campbell, co-coordinates this series of presentations by local and national experts on a wide range of primary care related topics. Recent topics include the following: Updates from the US Preventive Services Task Force, Health Care Reform: Implications for Highland Hospital and Hot Topics in Depression.
Medicine Noon Conferences
Noon conferences are held five days a week at Highland Hospital in conjunction with the internal medicine residency program. The conference series includes core topics in ambulatory, inpatient and geriatric medicine and a weekly EKG conference. Lunch is provided. An added feature of noon conferences at Highland is a monthly hospital-to-home case conference that aims to improve continuity of care, particularly in the geriatric population. This is led by a PhD Marriage and Family Therapy fellow and the Geriatrics Department.