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Group Learning Activities

Topics are intended to acknowledge the breadth of family medicine, emphasizing common diagnoses in family medicine and preparation for the family medicine boards.  Active participation and questions are encouraged.

Wednesday Afternoon Didactic

Resident didactics are held every Wednesday afternoon from 1-5 PM in our Family Medicine Center Conference room.  As this is protected time, all residents are excused from their rotations and patient care duties (except the senior on the inpatient medicine service).  Speakers may include residents, residency faculty, community family medicine attendings, specialty attendings, hospital staff or community partners.


Residents participate in practical, hands-on workshops designed to explain and teach procedural skills.  Topics have included urgent care procedures, joint injections, colposcopy and endometrial biopsy, IUD placement, suturing, splinting and casting, and musculoskeletal exams.

Grand Rounds

Each resident presents a grand rounds case annually and is encouraged to include a live interview with a patient and/or their family.  Cases often illustrate the complexity of patient concerns presented in family medicine and the “whole person” model of care that is the hallmark of our discipline.  As lifelong learning is a requirement for a physician, knowing how to efficiently and effectively find evidence-based answers to questions at the point-of-care is an essential skill. This allows residents the opportunity to build upon their clinical questioning skills, to learn which evidence-based resources are most useful to a busy practicing clinician, and to learn how to more easily incorporate “looking it up” into their daily practice.

Chairman’s Rounds

Each resident presents a case annually as Dr. Steven Rothschild, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, guides the residents through a discussion on the differential diagnosis and work-up.

Teaching Rounds

The inpatient adult and pediatric medicine teams participate in the teaching rounds each day while on service.  The format is at the discretion of the attending on call that week and may include a case presentation and differential diagnosis discussion, radiology rounds, or bedside teaching rounds.

Noon Conferences

Noon conferences, led by residents, faculty or specialists are held several times per week in our Family Medicine Center Conference Room. Attendance is optional for residents that are on site. Recent topics have included discussion of a recent article from American Family Physician, 'something interesting I learned this week', reviewing proper use of inhalers with our pharmacy team, board review questions, or any other approved topic.

Journal Rounds

Journal Club is led by Dr. Rowland. This is invaluable to teaching the necessary tools to efficiently and critically evaluate the literature. Articles are specifically chosen to illustrate an important concept or to discuss a new medical finding.