The Geisinger Internal Medicine residency has a broad and rigorous didactic program to develop physicians to be knowledgeable, competent, and ready for clinical practice. Our didactic sessions are divided into two morning reports, the intern-focused and the resident-focused series. These morning reports occur every day of the week and then all residents come together for noon conference. Residents are excused from clinical duties during all didactic sessions.
The intern morning report focuses on the building blocks of clinical medicine – the fundamental knowledge and clinical skills needed to advance in training. The cases selected for intern report are specifically tailored with board-relevant teaching points designed to be high yield in clinical diagnostics and management and fundamental knowledge. It is moderated by an upper level resident, with an attending as the content consultant. The format is typical of morning report conferences, with a case presentation and an interactive discussion guided by the upper level resident.
The resident morning report teaches the progressive skills and knowledge needed to manage complex clinical cases and begins the transition to being an attending physician. It focuses on more complex case presentations and topics, and deals with more advanced clinical reasoning skills and heuristics. It also continues teaching board-relevant clinical topics. It is moderated by the chief residents with either internal medicine (IM) core faculty or an IM subspecialty faculty serving as the content expert.
Noon conference comprises all learners including interns, residents and medical students. It is a lecture-based teaching conference with a three-year rotating curriculum of key, board relevant clinical topics. These lectures are given by a content expert, including IM generalist, IM subspecialist, invited guest speakers and hospital staff.
This education is supplemented by a number of specialty conferences, including a Complex Case Conference specifically designed to showcase our highly complex patients, monthly M&M, journal club, and weekly grand rounds, just to name a few.
Additional educational experiences
In addition to our ongoing didactics, there are several additional educational opportunities offered to our residents. Some of these include:
- Standardized patient sessions to enhance communication skills and to evaluate clinical skills
- Cadaver joint injection workshops
- Procedural simulation during orientation and on the consult/procedure rotation
- Bioethics seminar
- Practice management seminar
- Cognitive skills course
- Patient experience training
- Mock interviews for third-years applying for fellowships or practice
- Curriculum vitae (CV) writing workshops
- Annual Resident and Fellow Scholarship Day