educational Programming

Educational Programming

Resident Conferences

Intern Morning Report:

A bi-monthly case conference held exclusively for interns. Chief Residents and faculty lead discussions geared towards reviewing pathophysiology, fundamentals of history taking and physical diagnosis, and early skills of clinical decision making.


Resident Morning Report:

This weekly conference is a case-based discussion held for the residents. In this conference, Chief Residents lead discussions focused on advanced patient evaluation skills and higher-level clinical reasoning skills. The presentations are scheduled to include cases from the inpatient wards.


Ambulatory Academic Half Day

This weekly conference is held exclusively for residents on ambulatory block, from all three sites. During the dedicated 2 ½ hours, the Program Directors and Ambulatory Chief Residents lead a variety of interactive workshops focused on topics specific to outpatient care. The Academic Half Day complements an online curriculum in ambulatory care medicine.


Noon Conference Series:

This daily conference is developed as a programmed yearly curriculum, focusing on the core concepts that have been selected by our curriculum committee as the critical components of the discipline of Internal Medicine. It is designed to prepare residents for clinical practice and the American Board of Internal Medicine exam.


MKSAP Mondays:

This conference, led by the Chief Residents and residents in the Clinician Educator Track, occurs 2-3 times a month and consists of an interactive review of a set of questions from MKSAP. The core subject matter changes on a monthly basis, with certain months devoted to Cardiology, Nephrology, etc. It is designed to prepare residents for the American Board of Internal Medicine exam and encourage residents to develop exam strategies early on.


Journal Club:

This monthly conference is developed around a curriculum that emphasizes the skills necessary to analyze and implement information conveyed in the medical journals. Timely and clinically relevant articles are selected to illustrate core topics of Evidence Based Medicine. The discussions are led by the Chief Residents and faculty, who illustrate the salient points and areas of further investigation.


Ethics Conference:

Monthly conference teaches housestaff how to deal with ethical dilemmas encompassing many issues including everything from dealing with pharmaceutical companies to treating family members.


Teaching Workshops:

Faculty in the department teach residents how to become creative and effective teachers of students and interns.


Board Review:

Weekly board review sessions are conducted with the housestaff during morning and/or noon conferences, and are woven into the curriculum over the 3 years of training, such that preparation for the Boards starts on July 1st of the intern year! These sessions are led by the Chief Medical Residents, utilizing select topics in sub-specialities and general internal medicine. Questions are selected from either MKSAP or ACP, and only the most board relevant questions are reviewed to ensure a more valuable teaching session with the residents. These sessions cover diagnosis, treatment, management, as well as pathophysiology.

In addition, a dedicated Board Review course runs in May-June every year with dedicated weekly sessions. It was developed and implemented in 2018 by our very own Dr. Matassa and has led to exceptional annual board pass rates near 100% since it began!



Departmental Conferences

Clinical Pathological Case Conference:

This special department wide weekly conference was created by our Chief Medical Residents to allow residents who have distinguished themselves in their clinical performance to discuss a unique unknown case. Here the resident acts as the case "discussant" in reviewing the case and presenting a differential diagnosis. The presentation is followed by an exciting and insightful faculty discussion moderated by the Chair of Medicine. The pathology seen at NJMS is impressive and exciting. (See below table for more examples of our pathology)

Examples of the unique pathology seen daily in the
NJMS Internal Medicine Residency Training Program
Acute Eosinophilic Pneumonia Leptospirosis
Amanita Mushroom Induced Fulimant Hepatic Failure Listeriosis
Amebic Liver Abscess Lung Abscess
Atrial Fibrillation in Wolf-Parkinson-White Syndrome Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome
Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Neurosyphilis
Babesiosis Perivalvular Abscess
Bleomycin-Induced Pulmonary Fibrosis Prolactinoma
Coccidiomycosis Osteomyelitis Pseudomyxoma Peritoneii
Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease Renal Vein Thrombosis Complicating Lupus Nephritis
Cystic Fibrosis Schirrhous Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Disseminated Gonococcal Infection Schistosomiasis
Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiac Toxicity Takayasu's Arteritis
Haemophilus Influenzae Meningitis T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (presenting as facial plethora)
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome/Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Thyroid Storm
Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
HIV Cholangiopathy, Nephropathy Toxoplasmosis
Hyperthyroid Myopathy Vancomycin-Induced Neutropenia
IV Acyclovir Induced Renal Failure Von-Hippel-Landau Syndrome


Grand Rounds:

This weekly conference highlights a speaker with worldwide prominence in his/her field.


M&M Conference:

This monthly conference is led by the Chair of the Department of Medicine who discusses medical errors, patient safety issues, and deaths in a case-based interactive format.