Our didactics are designed for adult learners. We have case-based discussions and hands-on workshops, not PowerPoint lectures. Residents are actively involved in developing our didactic sessions and curriculum. Every Wednesday afternoon, we have a full half-day of protected time for didactics.
Asynchronous learning: Residents review a case presentation and supporting articles on our online discussion board (Slack) the week prior to Grand Rounds. Residents then reply to the prompt and interact with their co-residents asynchronously on the discussion board. Cases are based on real-life scenarios our residents and attendings have encountered, and senior residents have significant input into the development of cases and learning objectives.
Grand Rounds: Every Wednesday, we kick off Grand Rounds with a round table discussion about the case presentation and articles posted on Slack. Our program faculty and senior residents facilitate discussion of the topic amongst our residents, medical students, and faculty.
After our case discussion on Wednesdays, the rest of the afternoon’s didactic sessions focus on other aspects of medicine related to the case topic. These sessions include, but are not limited to: Community Medicine, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Evidence-Based Medicine, Simulation, and Behavioral Medicine. In addition, every week we have at least one hour dedicated to Wellness.
Below is an example of our Wednesday didactic schedule:
12:30 – 1:30: Case Discussion
1:30 – 2:15: Community Medicine
2:15 - 2:30: Wellness Break
2:30 – 3:15: Pharmacology
3:15 – 4:00: Nutrition
4:00 – 5:00: Wellness
Teachback cases: The last Wednesday of each 4-week block, instead of the usual afternoon of didactics, each resident will give a 15 minute case presentation about an experience from their current rotation.
In addition to our half-day didactic sessions on Wednesdays, we have additional didactic sessions over lunch on Tuesdays dedicated to practice management, and on Thursdays to sports medicine, ultrasound, and osteopathic medicine.