The following conferences and rounds provide residents with ample opportunity to discuss clinical cases, review evidence-based care guidelines, and learn from senior faculty.
Noon Conference: Daily conferences, held at Mondays-Thursdays at noon at Duke Hospital DN 2002, cover many clinical topics throughout the academic year. Topics for noon conferences include:
Grand Rounds: Housestaff and faculty attend the weekly standing-room-only Department of Medicine Grand Rounds each Friday morning. This topic- and case-based presentation highlights the science of clinical medicine to provide high-interest, educational weekly topics. Find recent grand rounds topics on the MedicineNews blog.
Chair’s Conference: In Chair's Conferences, which occur Fridays at 12pm at Duke Hospital DN 2002, a resident presents an unknown case to our department chair, Dr. Mary Klotman, and she works through the case with the assistance of the other residents. All residents, interns, and students attend this conference.
Resident Report: This daily conference is held Monday through Thursday at both Duke Hospital and the Durham VA Medical Center.
Attending Rounds: Bedside teaching rounds are conducted on the inpatient clinical services seven days a week. Attending rounds emphasize developing fundamental clinical skills, diagnostic reasoning, pathophysiology, and professionalism. Additional emphasis is placed on evidence-based medicine and on creating an environment that optimizes resident learning and patient care.
Night Sign Outs: As part of our commitment to housestaff education, the chief residents and assistant chief residents come in every night to discuss admissions with the on-call teams. Night sign outs are an opportunity to reflect on the scope of problems encountered that day, provide teaching with critical review of the literature, assist the residents in thinking about complex cases, and to help with procedures that need to be done. This Duke tradition is highly regarded by everyone involved and is one of the many features that sets our program apart from other programs.
Clinic Report: Residents at each clinic site (VA, Duke Clinic, and Duke General Internal Medicine) participate in this conference series that occurs twice a month before continuity clinic. This three-year curriculum covers essential topics in ambulatory care medicine presented by clinic attendings and residents.
Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Conferences: This six-part conference series focuses on topics key to both internal medicine and pediatrics residents and is geared toward residents in the Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Program.
Combined Medicine-Psychiatry Conferences: This quarterly conference series presents topics key to both internal medicine and psychiatry and is geared toward residents in the Combined Medicine-Psychiatry Program.
EM/IM: This quarterly series for internal medicine and emergency medicine residents discusses evidence-based approaches to care for patients as they transition from the emergency department and the general medicine floors.
Health Policy Series: This is an 18-part conference series focusing on Health Policy.
Research Conferences: The Clinical Implications of Basic Research / Mechanisms of Disease Series and Department of Medicine Research Conference both feature faculty research from throughout the department. See the Research Conferences page for more details.