The educational experience, on all levels, is our top priority. Through a series of lectures, including faculty and resident conferences, journal clubs, and MKSAP reviews, our program fosters the development of critical thinkers who engage in the humanistic, efficient, and evidenced-based care of internal medicine patients.
As a reflection of our commitment to medical education, our program has been honored the last eight consecutive years with the “Most Outstanding Clinical Department” award given by the graduating students of the LSU Medical School in New Orleans. Here is a just a sample of our didactics:
Morning Report - Our morning report forms the foundation of our program’s didactic efforts. Faculty, residents and medical students, along with our librarian, meet for an hour of open discussion modeled after the Oslerian Method. Everyone is encouraged to participate in a relaxed and thoughtful conversation intended to foster novel approaches to clinical problem solving.
Noon Conferences - Our noon lecture series includes hour long conferences presented by faculty, residents, and an occasional esteemed guest lecturer.
- Faculty Conferences - Both departmental and non-departmental specialists are included in the lecture series covering the competencies emphasized by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
- Resident Conferences - Over the academic year, residents are responsible for two to three lectures on any didactic topic of their choice.
- Journal Club - Once yearly, residents critically evaluate an article from the medical literature and facilitate a discussion on how the findings apply to clinical practice.
- Critical Analysis - The ultimate journal club for our graduating residents. This lecture is a review of the medical literature pertaining to an unanswered question or controversy in medicine usually presented in April or May prior to graduation.
- Morbidity and Mortality Reviews - Each 3rd year resident will present one morbidity and mortality conference. These lectures are designed to foster important critical thinking skills, and will review 1-2 cases to illustrate and improve decision-making as it applies to hospitalized patients.
In-patient teaching rounds - Faculty supervising a ward team provide teaching rounds in a variety of formats for their team consisting of a resident, two interns, and fourth and third year medical students.
MKSAP Reviews - Based on the American College of Physician’s MKSAP Guides, these popular comprehensive reviews are usually presented by a faculty member over dinner at a local restaurant. Each categorical intern is provided a complete set of the most recent MKSAP collection.