Conferences and Rounds

Residents participate in a conference.

Teaching conferences and Citywide Grand Rounds form a core portion of the educational training during our residency in internal medicine.

Education is the major goal of our residency program. Our curriculum enables you to participate in a variety of conferences that complement the hands-on training you undertake in our rotations.

Morning Reports

Our dynamic, interactive half-hour conference is held every Friday morning at Buffalo General Medical Center. Current cases from our various inpatient services are presented in this forum. This conference will help you increase your knowledge in areas including:

  • differential diagnosis
  • clinical reasoning
  • evaluation and management
  • prevention of diagnostic error
  • cost-effective decision making

As a resident in our program, you can expect to present cases under the guidance of chief residents. General internal medicine faculty and subspecialty faculty provide you with additional teaching through this case-based format. Morning report topics and cases have included:

  • disseminated histoplasmosis
  • daptomycin-induced eosinophilic pneumonia

Academic Half-Day Conferences

Our popular weekly Academic Half-Day conference integrates Case-Based ABIM-Directed inpatient medicine and subspecialty topic reviews with interactive learning activities, including small-group learning and simulation. Sessions are delivered by our academic hospitalists or our subspecialists — or both.

We have incorporated residents-as-teacher presentations during the third hour. These will help you gain experience presenting evidence-base questions, teaching a topic or appraising an article with the support of faculty.

Wednesday afternoons are reserved for the half-day conferences for interns, while the resident conferences are held on Thursday afternoons. During this time, patient care on the inpatient wards is covered for you — allowing you to focus your full attention on these conferences

Ambulatory Curriculum Education Series (ACES)

During your ambulatory week ACES covers ambulatory topics such as telephone medicine, evaluation and treatment of common joint pain, treatment of the adult with ADHD, and other commonly seen ambulatory complaints.  Faculty and senior residents lead the discussion of a practical approach to these diganosic and thepeutic dilemmas. 

Safe Case Conference

A forum in which members of a multidisciplinary health care team engage in objective, non-judgmental review of adverse outcomes and commit to systemic process change.

Each third year resident in our program will be expected to present a case of their choice under the guidance of faculty members. The objectives of these conferences include the following:

  • To engage internal medicine residents in patient safety case work and improve skills in identification, mitigation, and resolution of patient safety events.
  • To provide a venue for internal medicine residents to review resident-selected case events, whether near-miss, error, or actual harm was committed
  • To provide a culture of safety where residents can engage in case discussions in an open and transparent manner.

Intern Bootcamp

This is a series of workshops and lectures focused on teaching the clinical skills needed to succeed as an intern. The goal of this program is to lay a foundation for success and to help interns better understand the expectations of their new role.

Topics addressed include:

  • time management
  • organizing your day
  • patient handoffs
  • common nursing calls
  • intern expectations
  • achieving a work-life balance

Bootcamp utilizes interactive sessions in the simulation center geared toward helping prepare interns for both ICU and general medical floors. One of the most important additions to the bootcamp series has been a focus on teaching the necessary skills to achieve a work-life balance and how to cultivate personal and professional wellness to promote a long and fruitful career. 

These workshops and lectures are all directly led by the Program Director, Associate Program Directors and Chief Residents to help foster a sense of community between program leadership and incoming interns.

R1-R2 Transition

This is a lecture and discussion series directly led by the Program Leadership and Chief Residents at the beginning of each academic year focused on teaching the clinical and leadership skills needed to succeed during the transition from R1-R2. The goal of this series is to help new R2's understand the expectations associated with their new role.

Topics addressed include:

  • new responsibilities
  • time management
  • teaching on the fly
  • setting expectations for the team
  • how to identify and help struggling interns

This series utilizes an open discussion format to identify the difficulties associated with making the R1-R2 transition and how they can be alleviated. The majority of the discussion revolves around how to become a strong team leader and provide both an educational experience for the team as well as a safe environment for patients.

Sign-Out Rounds

Each day, teams on inpatient floor rotations discuss the management and sign-out aspects of their inpatients. Chief Medical Residents supervise these meetings.

Subspeciatly Conferences

Each subspecialty unit organizes its own regular conferences. Residents taking the pertinent elective attend these conferences and may present. Other residents are welcome as well as long as their schedule allows them to attend.