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Department of Internal Medicine

Quillen College of Medicine


Academic Half Day

The Academic Half Day was implemented in July 2014 in response to resident feedback to improve the didactics in our program. Rather than noon conferences given by busy residents on inpatient ward services with limited faculty input, the Half Day is designed to be a concentrated block of protected academic time that occurs each Tuesday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. The presenters are faculty members, fellows and residents offering didactic as well as interactive case-based sessions on topics within the medicine subspecialties along with interdisciplinary topics important for the training of a well-rounded internal medicine resident. Community representatives also come to instruct on coding, billing, wound care and other interdisciplinary topics.

Residents are constantly challenged to apply this material not only in clinical duties, but also during the interactive case and question-based sessions.

As a participant in the Academic Half Day, the goal is to come away with thorough exposure to the subspecialties, a head-start toward board preparation, and also mingle with your colleagues on a weekly basis, encouraging better work relationships and friendships outside of the hospital. We have a rotating 18 month curriculum schedule 

The Academic Half Day will begin with the Department of Medicine Education Conference followed by Longitudinal Board Review session, Resident Core Lecture and monthly Resident Forums, Administrative update and Presentation Practice opportunities. 

Educational Software

As an adjunct to our Academic Half Day schedule, the program purchases MKSAP, U World and True Learn for each resident. True Learn is used on our Geriatric rotation and as a mock board-type exam. We also provide the Yale curriculum for use during our clinic rotations. This curriculum is used twice daily during each two week block.

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