Theme-Based Noon Conference Curriculum

Our noon conference series, which covers a new theme each week, emphasizes small group interactive learning.

  • 50 themes are chosen for each year. Examples of themes include:
    • Common infections
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Mood disorders
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Arrhythmias
    • Super sick
    • The gut
    • Addictions
  • Two core faculty and one resident organize each week. The team invites relevant subspecialists to enrich the content and share expertise in that area.
  • The concept of the “upside down” classroom is encouraged, and many different teaching formats are employed. Examples include:
    • Small group case discussions
    • Q & A with a subspecialist
    • Physical exam pearls
    • Inter-disciplinary guests, such as wound-care RNs or physical therapists
    • Patient panels (e.g., ALS patient, patient with thyroid nodule, HIV patient, etc.)
    • In-depth literature review and evidence-based medicine teaching
    • Simulation lab and “think out loud” triage scenarios
  • Longitudinal conferences are also intertwined during the year.
    • Morbidity and Mortality
    • Resident Group
    • Critical Incident/Schwartz Rounds
    • Teaching to Teach Series
    • Quality Improvement Curriculum
    • Palliative Care/Ethics
    • Wellness/Resiliency
    • Housestaff Conference
  • Residents receive access to an online learning management system that includes:
    • Weekly agendas
    • Weekly curricular content
    • Relevant articles
    • Learning quizzes