Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine



Curriculum for Internal Medicine Residency

Rotations 2013-2014


* PGY-3’s will complete their 2 inpatient general medicine months or 1 inpatient general medicine month with 1 month as day float.

- Ambulatory Elective may include any subspecialty ambulatory month.
- Maximum of 2 months of research will be offered during the entire residency (must demonstrate project).  Research time must be taken out of non-ambulatory elective time.


 Sample Conference Calendar


(A)=Autopsy - Every other month, residents from Internal Medicine and Pathology work together to present the key findings of an actual case.  The clinical presentation is first discussed by the Medicine resident, and the autopsy findings including microscopic slides and gross images are then presented by the Pathology resident.  An excellent discussion often follows.

(BR)=Board Review - There are two types of Board Review conferences.  The first, held during the usual Monday-Thursday schedule, is lead by a resident who reviews and discusses 10-15 MKSAP questions  using TurningPoint to facilitate audience participation.  The other BR, held every other Friday, is just for upper level residents and uses a “round table” format to practice answering questions and generate group discussions. 

(CT)=Core Topics - Each month, our clinical and teaching faculty provide approximately a dozen didactic conferences that cover key medical topics commonly encountered on board exams.

(EBM)=Evidence-Based Medicine- These conferences are each led by small groups of 3-4 residents who briefly present a commonly encountered case followed by a discussion of the relevant clinical questions, appropriate literature search, and results from at least two supporting papers.  

(IR)=Intern Report - This conference is held every other Friday and only interns (plus medical students) are present.  The purpose of this conference is to give interns an opportunity to present and discuss bread and butter cases  in an informal environment with a faculty facilitator.  No Powerpoint needed!

(J)=Jeopardy - Every other month, Jeopardy competitions heat up the conference room as two teams battle it out in various medical trivia categories.  Not only are these sessions lots of fun, but they provide good practice for our Doctor’s Dilemma Competition at the ACP Associate’s Day. 

(JC)=Journal Club - The monthly Journal club conferences are run by groups of 2-3 residents working with a designated faculty member.  They select a relevant, statistically sound paper and lead a discussion focused on the study description, question, methods, results, and most importantly the applicability of the results.  PowerPoint slides are used during presentation, and the articles are emailed out ahead of time.

(M&M)=Morbidity & Mortality - The monthly M&M conference is presented by three residents who discuss a faculty selected case that provides opportunities to improve patient care. The format and discussion uses the Healthcare Matrix to identify opportunities for Practice Based Learning and Quality Improvement.  

(MGR)=Medicine Grand Rounds

(MR)=Morning Report

(QI)=Quality Improvement - The first two conferences will be introductory sessions to review key concepts in quality.  Throughout the year, residents will be working together in their clinic teams to complete the ABIM Practice Improvement Modules (PIMs).  Later in the year, 2-3 resident lead conferences will provide an opportunity for teams to present their findings, discuss improvement plans, and finally reassess measures to see if improvements actually occurred.

(VPM)=Virtual Practice Modules - These four conferences are dedicated to learning business skills and practice strategies such as billing, coding, contracts, and office management that residents will encounter after they graduate and enter the working world.