Didactics

​Attending Rounds


During attending rounds, residents will float throughout the facility and have the opportunity to see and discuss adult and pediatric patient management with faculty directly after morning report. Rounds are conducted at the bedside but also extend to radiology where physicians can view CT scans, MRI’s, ultrasounds that may be applicable to their patients. The roaming nature of rounds enables residents to gather the necessary details of each patient to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

Chief Resident Rounds


Each Friday, the Chief Resident holds rounds that focus on board preparation topics. This question/answer session will enable interactive discussions on a broad range of topics. This encompasses three years of weekly board preparation sessions built in to our family medicine curriculum and schedule.

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​Grand Rounds

Monthly presentations will be held at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. These are for the entire medical staff and residents will be encouraged to participate. Topics will vary widely encompassing all the major specialties. This activity also provides an opportunity for residents to interactive with other members of the STRH medical staff.

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Journal Club


The Residents’ Journal Club is held once per month. This club is designed to give residents instruction and experience evaluating current literature as well as broaden their knowledge base. All residents will have numerous opportunities to read and review an article, consult with faculty and present article results to the group for discussion.

Morbidity and Mortality


Residents will be encouraged to attend monthly morbidity and mortality conferences. This recurring conference discusses the management of selected patient cases within the hospital and/or clinic and provides an opportunity for residents to consider and discuss ways to improve quality improvement and safety measures.

Morning report


Faculty and local volunteer specialists hold morning report every weekday at the hospital prior to rounds. During this time residents will make case presentations and will have the opportunity to develop a plan of care for patients with different diagnoses. This provides an interactive setting that enables residents to work closely with faculty and simulate a case scenario of a patient that has typically been admitted the night before.


Noon Conference


Content from the core family medicine residency curriculum will be covered at noon conference throughout the 3-year program. This will be held 3 days a week at the large teaching classroom at the St. Louise Clinic facility. Faculty will present most lecture content. However, guest lecturers from the community will also be scheduled to provide specialty specific content and ensure every aspect of family medicine is addressed.


“Didactics are a big part of learning during residency, and our faculty do a great job of ensuring we make good use of that time. We cover various topics and I’ve been extremely impressed and grateful for the number of doctors in the community who are willing to commit their time to help teach us. “

--Tyler Melson, PGY-1


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