North Memorial Didactics

Conferences, workshops, lectures

Friday mornings are reserved for conferences, workshops, and lectures. Our didactics curriculum is designed around adult learning models and utilizes residents to lead and teach.

Recognizing that medical knowledge has a brief half-life, our goal is to promote lifelong learning skills that will keep your knowledge fresh after you leave residency. Our core faculty provide or facilitate talks each week, with contributions from behavioral health, pharmacy, emergency medicine, and other sub-specialties.

In addition to traditional lectures, some of our unique content include the following:

Antibiotic Boot Camp

Antibiotic Boot Camp

Learn about infectious processes, which antibiotics to use and when, and how your plan (and the evidence) changes under different circumstances.

Evidence-based case review

Evidence-based case review

Third-year residents present a narrative history of a patient’s life through essay, poetry, a video, or an oral history. After sharing about the patient, the focus turns toward clinical decision making and evidence-based medicine for that patient’s care.

Hospital grand rounds

Hospital grand rounds

North Memorial has hospital-wide medical staff grand rounds on Fridays, covering a broad range of medical topics. Residents give a presentation during their third year.

Intensive didactics

Intensive didactics

Residents in each year study and discuss cases on a topic before coming together as a group to discuss the case. Faculty facilitate and provide summary lectures on these “bread and butter” topics, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, OB triage, abdominal pain, hypertension, and more.

Workshops

Workshops

We recently added monthly workshops into our curriculum. These workshops are often interdisciplinary, featuring content experts from related fields and hands-on work.

Topics include:

  • Sports medicine
  • Underserved medicine
  • Women’s health
  • Hospital gadgetry
  • Geriatrics
  • Point-of-care ultrasound
  • Pediatric development
  • Addiction medicine

University-sponsored grand rounds

The department offers monthly grand rounds on a variety of family medicine topics.