The core didactic program consists of five weekly required conferences:

Department of Medicine Grand Rounds (Tuesday 8:30-9:30 AM)

The Department of Medicine Grand Rounds is delivered each Tuesday by a distinguished member of the Harbor-UCLA faculty or a visiting speaker. Grand Rounds lectures focus on areas of active investigation in internal medicine. Grand Rounds are a unique opportunity for residents to gain exposure to the latest developments in medical science.

Evidenced-Based Medicine Lecture (Monday 12:00-1:00 PM)

The Evidence-Based Lecture series is delivered by a resident each Monday afternoon. With the assistance of a faculty mentor, the presenting resident is expected to formulate a focused clinical question and conduct a literature search to address the question at hand. Preparing for the Evidence-Based Lecture series teaches residents to synthesize data from the medical literature and provides them with the opportunity to foster mentorship relationships with faculty.

Journal Club (Tuesday 12:00-1:00 PM)

Journal Club is led by a resident each Tuesday. With the assistance of a faculty mentor residents identify a recent article in the medical literature they wish to explore in depth. Journal Club allows residents to learn to read medical literature with a critical eye.

Primary Care Lecture Series (Wednesday 12:00-1:00 PM)

The Primary Care Lecture Series is held in conjunction with the Department of Family Medicine each Wednesday. Senior faculty discuss commonly encountered problems in primary care. The Primary Care Lecture Series allows residents to enhance their knowledge of core topics in primary care.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference (Thursday 12:00-1:00 PM)

The departmental Morbidity and Mortality Conference is moderated by a resident each Thursday. Three to four senior faculty members are invited to comment on challenging cases. This conference gives residents the opportunity to learn from the management of difficult cases in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment.

Additional Educational Opportunities

Every Friday from 12:00-1:00 PM, there is also an “Intern Report,” which offers a unique opportunity for in-depth case discussion and teaching focused directly for first-year residents.

Beginning in January of every year, senior-residents have Board Review every Wednesday and Friday from 12:00-1:00.  This is a focused set of didactics and practice tests that assist in preparation for the American Board of Internal Medicine certification exam.

Residents on inpatient medicine attend Morning Report four days per week from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. This conference, which is moderated by a faculty member, is an interactive discussion of selected patients intended to develop skills in differential diagnosis, initial approach to management, and interpretation of clinical data.

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