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Learn about the educational conferences offered in the Family Medicine Residency program at IU Health Arnett.
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Educational Conferences

Weekly Didactic Conference

Residents at IU School of Medicine Arnett Family Medicine Residency participate in a faculty and resident led didactic conference every Wednesday afternoon from 12:30-5 pm. Our conferences follow the longitudinal curriculum, again emphasizing the need to have ongoing education on primary family medicine topics. We also take pride to not only include traditional lecture presentations, but also sessions that include active learning techniques known to enhance adult learning. Sessions are also organized with repeating education sessions, including case presentations, workshops, journal clubs, resident only, and pharmacy-led medication reviews.

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Workshops are a critical component to our didactic mindset, allowing for learning by doing. All residents participate in the following workshops:

  • Dermatology Workshop
  • Contraception Workshop (including IUDs and nexplanons)
  • Colposcopy Workshop
  • Casting/Fracture Workshop
  • Obstetrics Workshop
  • POC Ultrasound Workshops every 1-2 months
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Wellness Days

As part of our Physician Wellness Curriculum, residents participate in a wellness day during didactics every quarter. This four hour session is coordinated by the Chair of Residency Wellness with support from the residency program. With a goal of relieving stress and forming a stronger bond amongst our learners, the wellness days have been very popular since their inception. Previous half days have included hiking, trivia, laser tag, and escape room, and so much more.

Core Topic Sessions

Our core topic sessions are when faculty and guest lecturers that are experts in their field come and present the core didactic curriculum to our resident physicians. These sessions repeat every 18 months, allowing for education on the material twice during residency. Our core didactic curriculum is continuously reappraised and adjusted based on emerging topics in Family Medicine, comprehensive review of training exam scores, and resident feedback.

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Journal Club

Along with learning from our excellent faculty members, residents also learn how to assimilate and critically appraise new and emerging research through our regular journal club sessions. These sessions are resident led and include a faculty moderator.

Case Presentations

All residents lead multiple case presentations during their residency career. Rather than focusing on the primary disease process, these sessions focus on the critical thinking required to obtain the diagnosis from the moment the patient presents to medical attention. Included within this is an evaluation of the social determinants that may represent challenges and barriers to medical care.

Challenging Patient Panel

As part of residency training, we acknowledge that the challenges physicians face are not always diagnostic. During our challenging patient panel, residents are able to present cases to peers and faculty to gain insight into common challenges, including non-compliance, patient education, and complicated psychosocial factors.

Pharmacy Lectures

IU School of Medicine Arnett Family Medicine Residency has a strong and engaging pharmacy team within IU Health Arnett. Monthly, pharmacy residents and attendings present on common medication classes, focusing on (1) safety, (2) tolerability, (3) efficacy, (4) price, and (5) simplicity.

Resident Only

Resident Only is an important time carved out of our didactic conference that allows residents to provide honest and informative feedback on a variety of residency topics and updates. These sessions are organized by the Chief Resident, and, as the name implies, is open to residents only.

Board Review

Another resident-led session, board review is a variable sessions monthly to help our senior residents prepare for the American Board of Family Medicine Certification Exam. Each year the upcoming PGY3 class chooses how to utilize this time. In our inaugural PGY3 year, our residents chose to review board style questions from the American Academy of Family Physicians with detailed discussion of the correct answer and test taking techniques.

Additional Conferences

In addition our weekly didactic conference, residents have the opportunity to participate in a variety of additional education conferences, including:

  • IU School of Medicine Grand Rounds
  • IU Health LGBTQ Healthcare Professional Bootcamp
  • Leadership Conferences for residents in leadership positions
  • Indiana Association of Family Physician Research Days
  • Additional education conferences utilizing Continuing Medical Education funds and focused on resident-specific interests.

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