Didactic Program in Internal Medicine
The internal medicine program provides a wide range of academic programs to supplement the diverse clinical training experiences of trainees. These include:
Journal Club. The monthly Journal Club format developed for the residency is designed to meet one of the research recommendations of the ACP. This format includes curricular components including methods for analyzing, interpreting, and presenting original data published in medical journals. The Journal Club participants use an evaluation tool to assess presentation content and delivery. Attendance at Journal Club is required of all residents in the program.
Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) Board Review. In this weekly 1.5 hour didactic session, chapters from MKSAP 16 are systematically reviewed and discussed over the length of the training program. System-based topics are presented by interns and residents. Subspecialty faculties are invited to participate in sessions that pertain to their specialties. Topics to be discussed are scheduled at the beginning of the month and questions are available one week prior to the meeting. Residents in the program, as well as all trainees rotating on medicine services, are required to attend if rotating in-house.
Morning Report. These educational conferences are staffed by faculty and the form varies from case presentation and management to formal topical presentations. Attendance is required for all trainees on in-house medicine services.
Noon Conference. The curriculum for this didactic series includes general and subspecialty medicine topics as well as other topics relating to other specialties. Attending faculty and guest speakers are the usual presenters. Attendance is required for lectures on all internal medicine topics, Behavioral Medicine topics and quality issues. In addition, the Program Director designates additional lectures that are required for the internal medicine house staff each month. There is an 80 percent attendance requirement and attendance is tracked monthly.
Morbidity & Mortality Review. Every month, 2 morbidity and mortality review conferences are held. Internal medicine residents are assigned to present the case and discuss aspects for improvement as part of the practice-based learning core competency. Cases are chosen by residents or attending faculty.
Clinical Ethics Committee. This committee meets semi-annually and should be attended by all Internal Medicine residents. It is chaired by the Vice President of Spiritual Care Services and reviews topics concerning treatment plans for our patients in consultation with them, their families, their physicians and other concerned individuals.
Behavioral & Psychosocial Curriculum. Physician competency includes many aspects beyond knowledge and clinical skills. This includes integrity, respect, ethical behavior, compassion and empathy as embodied and demonstrated by the trainee as they participate in the care of patients and families with their colleagues. These values are incorporated into training primarily through faculty role models who demonstrate these qualities in their interactions with patients, family and colleagues. Under the guidance of faculty, additional didactic components contribute to competency in these areas.
Tumor Conference. Biweekly Tumor Conferences are scheduled at each campus, sponsored by the Oncology Department. Trainees are required to attend while rotating on in-house medicine oncology services.
Didactics on Out-Rotations. Trainees on rotation at Henry Ford Hospital or any other training site are required to participate fully in the didactic programs offered at that institution.
All residents present journal club presentations and morbidity and mortality case conferences throughout their residency program. Each resident must complete at least one scholarly activity project during their residency including but not limited to a case report, quality improvement project, or clinical research project. It is mandatory that all PGY-1s complete a scholarly project and present it as a poster presentation for Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Research day each year. Residents are greatly encouraged to present their scholarly work at local and national conferences.