Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Case Conference
Our second year residents will present a case discussion of a patient that is of educational interest to both internists and pediatricians. Residents as well as faculty from both the pediatrics and internal medicine residency programs attend this conference. In the past, cases such as young adults with special healthcare needs, cystic fibrosis, and tuberculosis have been presented. This combined conference enables our residents to educate our categorical medicine and pediatrics colleagues about clinical and health system issues that are important to the care of patients as they transition from childhood to adulthood.
Med-Peds Resident Noon Conference
Twice monthly our Med-Peds residents meet as a group to discuss a variety of topics specific to Med-Peds physicians, with special attention to medical care for young adults with special health care needs as they transition from the pediatric to the adult setting. Speakers for our noon conference series include a variety of pediatric and adult specialists, Med-Peds trained faculty, and our Med-Peds residents.
Each fall and spring, all of our residents meet as a group for a four hour workshop covering a topic that is specific to the needs of Med-Peds residents. Coverage is provided to make sure that everyone is able to attend. This fall, our workshop is “Planning your Med-Peds Career” and will feature a variety of speakers with Med-Peds training. These workshops provide an opportunity for our residents to look more closely at issues that affect them as Med-Peds practitioners. It is also a way for our group to meet together with some of the many Med-Peds teaching faculty in our health system.
Quarterly Evening Med-Peds Journal Clubs
Every three months, our residents and faculty will get together at the home of one of our residents for an evening to socialize and to review a clinical topic. These sessions usually last from 7-9 pm, with plenty of time for conversation amongst our residents. We time these meetings to coincide with the transition from medicine to pediatrics four times a year. These sessions give the residents the chance to socialize and to share experiences with each other to help prepare for the transitions between specialties. In addition, it gives us a chance as a group to become more familiar with a clinical topic that is relevant to Med-Peds practitioners. A common clinical question is posed to the group, and each resident will seek to answer that question with their own literature search. Each resident summarizes their article in 5-7 minutes, giving each resident the chance to become familiar with one article in depth, as well as for the entire program to develop an appreciation for the range of literature on a common clinical topic.
Categorical Noon Conferences
Every Friday afternoon, our Med-Peds coordinator, Kelli DaSilva compiles a list of all the categorical internal medicine and pediatric noon conferences for the following week and emails it to the Med-Peds residents. Since our adult and children’s hospitals are in the same building, our Med-Peds residents are free to attend the noon conference that has the most educational value to them. Kelli tracks conference attendance closely to ensure that each resident’s overall conference attendance is equal between internal medicine and pediatrics. The categorical noon conferences are highly educational, clinically relevant topics presented by our teaching faculty.
Other Educational Activities
Our Med-Peds residents also are required to attend regularly scheduled educational activities in the department in which they are currently rotating. These activities include grand rounds, morning report, journal clubs, and morbidity and mortality conferences in both the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics departments.
South Carolina ACP Meeting
In the PGY-3 year, our Med-Peds residents are required to submit and present an educational clinical case report to the South Carolina American College of Physicians meeting. Residents receive feedback and mentorship on their case presentation and are provided with financial support to attend the meeting. In October 2015, the SC ACP takes place in Charleston, SC.
South Carolina AAP Meeting
In the PGY-4 year, our Med-Peds residents are required to present a quality improvement project to the South Carolina American Academy of Pediatrics meeting. Our residents conduct a longitudinal quality improvement project as part of their ambulatory clinic experience over the course of three years. Residents receive feedback and mentoring on this project as well. Financial support is also provided for the residents to attend this meeting. In 2015 the SC AAP meeting will be held in Asheville, NC at the Grove Park Inn.