Along with numerous clinical experiences, residents in our combined training program attend an equally broad array of educational conferences. These conferences are attended based on a resident's current clinical assignment, so residents rotating in internal medicine attend internal medicine conferences and residents rotating in psychiatry attend psychiatry conferences. In addition to the categorical conferences, combined residents attend a monthly Journal Club that is specific to combined training.
Internal medicine-psychiatry residents host a monthly Journal Club in which they select and present an article of interest. Journal Club is coordinated by the internal medicine-psychiatry chief residents, and residents take turns hosting it at their home on a volunteer basis. Residents and faculty from other programs may attend as well.
In addition to the article review, Journal Club is also used as an opportunity to socialize and discuss various program topics between residents and faculty. First year residents have found it particularly helpful when transitioning into resident life as the other residents understand the excitement and frustration associated with residency.