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A series of lectures and conferences is an essential component of the educational experience for residents in our training program. Both Cedars-Sinai and the Veterans Administration (VA) have multiple formal didactic series.
Each academic year begins with a series of daily lectures covering emergency situations residents are likely to encounter in internal medicine. This series lasts about two months and is followed by a group of lectures that are part of a didactic curriculum. These lectures include a daily noon conference, which takes a variety of formats, including internal medicine subspecialty lectures, morbidity and mortality conferences, and CPCs. Additionally, an evidence-based medicine journal club and senior resident grand rounds are scheduled approximately twice a month. Internal medicine grand rounds are held Friday morning at Cedars-Sinai and Wednesdays at the VA, and bring in both local and national experts to discuss cutting-edge clinical and basic science research, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic management of common medical problems.
During the last months of the academic year, a review course for the ABIM certifying examination is set up by the chief medical residents and attended by everyone in the training program.
In the spring, all members of the R1 and R2 class attend a retreat for three days and two nights in Lake Arrowhead. Major sessions at the retreat include topics on how to be an effective teacher, giving helpful feedback, and transitioning from intern to resident. Additionally, the R3 class has a separate retreat that focuses on board review topics for their upcoming ABIM certification examination.
Daily morning reports are structured into all inpatient services. Either the internal medicine chief residents or the full-time faculty runs these sessions on the respective inpatient services. Chief of Medicine rounds are held where the chair of the Department of Medicine or his or her delegate discusses a clinical case with house staff on the medical ward services. Additionally, there are autopsy conferences for house staff during their rotation at Cedars-Sinai.
Teaching attending rounds are held daily on all ward or ICU services. Each subspecialty service has inpatient rounds at least several times each week and has its own conferences scheduled on a regular basis.