Conferences

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 Mondays-Thursdays at noon at Duke Hospital and broadcast via Mediasite to our other locations, cover many clinical topics throughout the academic year. Topics for noon conferences include:

  • Senior Faculty Cases: Master clinicians dissect cases presented to them by chief residents.
  • SAR Talks: Each senior resident gives a noon conference lecture, often part of our intern emergency lecture series. This series is designed to prepare house staff for urgent scenarios that may occur while covering patients on an inpatient service. This gives senior residents the opportunity to teach our new interns early in the year and provide practical learning for our newest trainees. Topics range from chest pain, GI bleed, and respiratory distress to acute pain management and antibiotic choices. The lectures benefit everyone from interns to upper-level residents.
  • Cost Conscious Care: Adapted from the ACP Cost Conscious Care Curriculum, residents and faculty discuss key concepts in cost conscious care.
  • Quality Improvement/Patient Safety: The QI/PS conferences include updates on ongoing, program-wide QI/PS initiatives, as well as resident-led morbidity and mortality conferences.
  • Morbidity and Mortality: One of the residents presents the case from a recent patient. This monthly conference emphasizes our role in improving patient care and the quality of medical education. Radiology and Pathology may also participate in this conference, and a faculty member facilitates key learning points from the case.
  • Duke Debates: Faculty experts discuss controversial topics in patient care.

  • MKSAP Mondays: Board review curriculum facilitated by specialty faculty, fellows and chief residents.

Career and Development Series: Faculty members speak to housestaff on interviewing, contract negotiation, patient interaction, conflict resolution, and other relevant topics.

Grand Rounds: House staff 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 and learn more.

Chair’s Conference: In Chair's Conferences, which occur Fridays at 12 p.m. at Duke Hospital DN 2002, a resident presents an unknown case to our department chair and residents and faculty work through the case. Faculty experts are invited each week to contribute to the discussion. All residents, interns, and students attend this conference. 

Resident Report: This conference is held Monday through Thursday at both Duke Hospital and the Durham VA Medical Center.

  • Duke Medical Center Resident Report: Senior residents on the General Medicine service meet Monday through Thursday to discuss interesting or perplexing cases under the guidance of the Chief Resident and one of our senior faculty. Report also includes the identification, discussion and critical review of literature that helps guide patient-care practices. Quality improvement and patient safety cases are discussed as well.
  • Durham VA Medical Center Report: Junior residents on the General Medicine service meet Monday through Thursday to discuss interesting or perplexing cases under the guidance of the VA Chief Resident and a senior faculty member. Evidence-based medicine and critical review of the literature are a focus of the DVAMC Resident Report.
  • Intern Report at Duke Medical Center and DVAMC: This twice weekly conference is open to all interns on inpatient rotations. This conference allows residents to systematically work through challenging cases while focusing on differential diagnosis and management. During this report, faculty also present a dedicated Intern Inpatient Medicine curriculum.  A Chief Resident and a faculty member chair this conference.

Ambulatory Morning Report: Ambulatory Morning Report is a clinical conference for house staff that explores topics in ambulatory and general internal medicine. Morning report consists of small group didactics on core ambulatory topics and evidence-based medicine in addition to traditional case presentations led by faculty preceptors, the ambulatory chief resident and the ambulatory assistant chief resident.

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 house staff education, the chief residents and assistant chief residents come in nightly at the DVAMC 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 tradition is highly regarded by everyone involved and is one of the many features that sets our program apart from other programs.

Cases and Cakepops with Dr. Cooney:  Once weekly, the Chair of Medicine meets with the Duke General Medicine teams to discuss cases from the gen med wards. This lively discussion features coffee and cakepops as well!

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.